Lady Pacers battle hard, but fall to South Dearborn


The Lady Pacers lost their second game of the young season last Saturday night when they fell to South Dearborn by a final score of 51-37.

The Lady Pacers struggled all evening to score, shooting just 39.5 percent from the floor — shooting just 15-for-38 for the game and getting beaten on the boards 29-19.

Three of the players that had played jayvee on Friday night against Madison — Amber Smith, Tanya Sefton and Morgan Ross — were strictly varsity on Saturday night. Coach Wayne Ellegood is trying all possibilities to help his young team get on a successful run early in the season.

First quarter ended with Lady Knights in front by a 13-10 score. With Lady Pacers April Thieman, Ashley Bright, and Ashley Chase handling the scoring early in the quarter; Ashley Chase ended the period for the Pacers with a steal and a layup for two points.

The second quarter began with sophomore Morgan Ross playing some great defense, and she also had four points in the quarter. Natalie Daugherty was aggressive on defense and scored in the second quarter. Ashley Chase also scored to end the second stanza, but the second period was not kind to the Lady Pacers for the second straight game, as South Dearborn outscored the visiting Lady Pacers 20-9 during the second eight-minute quarter.

Fouls also played a role in the second stanza, as starters April Thieman, Ashley Bright, and Ashley Chase all were whistled for three personals before halftime. This caused the already thin Switzerland County team to protect players until the half.

The teams went to halftime with South Dearborn holding a 33-19 lead.

The third quarter was a mirror image of the first stanza with scoring again of 13-10 in favor of South Dearborn. Ashley Chase scored four points, but was also hit with her fourth personal foul less than two minutes into the second half.

Natalie Daugherty scored two and April Thieman added one. Ashley Bright suffered her fourth foul in the third quarter, but added a three pointer to help the offense.

The last quarter was the only one that the Lady Pacers outscored the Knights, it was a 8-5 quarter. It was still not a good quarter of scoring for the Lady Pacers. Ashley Chase was the only one to score for the Pacers during the first five minutes of the period. April Thieman added four and Ashley Chase added another two points.

Ashley Chase scored 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting to lead the Lady Pacers. Ashley Chase also had eight rebounds and three steals in the game. Ashley Bright chipped in seven points.

The Lady Pacers will travel to Rising Sun on Friday night.


The junior varsity team was defeated by South Dearborn by a score of 33-17. Brittany Hall led the Lady Pacers with six points; while Jenna Daugherty added three. Karista Wengert, Heather Thomas, Katie Rayls, and Shana Todd each had two points in the game.

— Debi Sefton