Lady Pacers can’t overcome slow start in loss

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  A blistering first quarter of shooting for the Madison Lady Cubs doomed the Switzerland County Lady Pacers in a road game last Friday night.

  Madison erupted for 24 first quarter points — a total that Switzerland County wouldn’t reach until 29-seconds were left in the entire game — and put the Lady Pacers into a hole that they couldn’t climb out of.

  Switzerland County fell behind 18-0 as the game opened, with Madison hitting four three-pointers in the game’s first five minutes.

  When Switzerland County’s Jessie Duvall connected on a pair of freethrows with 1:34 left in the quarter, the Lady Pacers were already down by a large margin, and Madison’s Breck Ralston followed those seconds later with the Lady Cubs’ fifth three-pointer of the period. Hannah Hayes had Switzerland County’s first field goal of the game with 1:05 remaining; but Taylor Lynch connected on Madison’s sixth three-pointer of the opening period to make the score 24-4 after eight minutes of play.

  Switzerland County tried to battle back, getting a three-pointer from Maddie Duvall to open the second; and after Mary Johnson scored for Madison, the Lady Pacers got back-to-back buckets from Macy Collier and Jessie Duvall to narrow the lead to 15 — 26-11 — with 5:54 to play until halftime.

  Madison then scored two straight baskets; but Collier stopped that run with a short jumper. Madison’s Casey Dyer converted a freethrow; and Collier matched that, but Dyer’s jumper with a minute left closed the scoring for the half with the Lady Cubs in front by 19 — 33-14.

  Coming out of the halftime break, Switzerland County’s offense stumbled again, with the Lady Pacers being outscored by a 14-4 margin to give Madison full control of the game.

  The only two buckets were score by Maddie Duvall with 3:54 to go; and Courtney Higgins connected on a runner at the buzzer.

  After three periods, Madison led by a 47-18 count.

  The cool shooting by the Lady Pacers continued in the final quarter, but they still managed to outscore Madison by a 9-6 count — but it wasn’t enough to make serious inroads into the deficit.

  Higgins had a three-point play in the fourth; while Collier added another bucket. Dakota Richards’ basket with 29-seconds to play gave Switzerland County 25 points for the contest; and Gracie White’s basket at the horn game the Lady Pacers a final offensive tally of 27 points — but the final score showed Madison in front, 53-27.

  The Lady Cubs did not score in the final 4:22 of the game.

  Collier led Switzerland County with seven points; while Maddie Duvall and Higgins each added five. Jessie Duvall had four points; while Hayes, Richards, and White each chipped in two.

  Ralston led Madison with 11 points; Cameron Cahill had 10; and Lynch also finished in double figures with 10.

  Rebounding was a big factor in the contest, as Madison outrebounded Switzerland County by a 40-25 margin for the game.

  On the floor, Madison shot 54.2-percent (13-for-24) from the field in the first half — 54.5-percent (6-for-11) from three-point territory. Switzerland County shot 27.8-percent (5-for-18) from the floor and 25-percent (1-for-4) from behind the arc.

  Switzerland County didn’t fare much better in the second half, shooting just 20.7-percent (6-for-29) to give the Lady Pacers a game total of 23.4-percent (11-for-47).

  Freethrows weren’t a factor, as Switzerland County was just 4-for-5 for the game; while Madison was 2-for-4.

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  The junior varsity Lady Pacers earned their second win of the season with a 58-29 victory over Madison.

  Dakota Richards and Gracie White each had 10 points to lead Switzerland County; while Carlee Boggs and Bri Stow each added eight points.

  Molly Wrightsman and Kenzie Taylor each finished with six points.