Lady Pacers close season with loss

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacers wrapped up their regular season last Thursday night, falling to South Ripley by a final score of 63-29.

The Lady Pacers finished the regular season with an overall record of 5-17. South Ripley finished its regular season ranked #4 in the state in Class 2A with a record of 19-3.

Prior to the beginning of the game, Switzerland County honored its lone senior, Jody Breeck, on the occasion of her final home game.

South Ripley got out of the gate quickly, opening with an 18-3 run. Lady Pacers Aleiah Thomas accounted for all of those points on a traditional three-point play, while the Lady Raiders saw six different players contribute to the 18-point run.

Calleigh Powell closed the first quarter on a high note for Switzerland County, hitting a three-pointer to make the score 18-6 after the first stanza.

The second quarter was the death knell for Switzerland County, as South Ripley reeled off 28 points while holding the Lady Pacers to just eight.

The Lady Raider runs came in bunches: scoring the first 13 points of the second quarter before Lexi Lay hit a basket; then running off five more before Thomas scored again; then two more that was followed by two Thomas freethrows; then a three-pointer followed by two more Thomas freethrows; and the quarter and half then ended on a run of six points off of two three-pointers by Cameo Hamm.

The halftime scored showed South Ripley in front, 46-14.

The game slowed down considerably in the second half, with South Ripley outscoring Switzerland County 12-4 over the stretch. Again, Thomas accounted for all four points for Switzerland County.

If the third quarter was slow, the final stanza was also deliberate, as South Ripley opened the period with a three-pointer by Mariah Gentile and a basket by Kiley Sparks to take a 63-18 lead with five minutes to play – but it was more than enough.

Switzerland County closed the game with a run, scoring the final 11 points of the contest.

Thomas hit two straight three-pointers, and Josie Meyer came off of the bench to make a steal and a layup and then followed that with a three-pointer to close the gap a bit, with the final margin of 34 points, 63-29.

Thomas led Switzerland County with 19 points; while Meyer had five; Powell had three; and Lay finished with two.

In a balanced attack, Sparks and Hamm each had 14 to lead South Ripley; while Gentile was in double figures with 10.

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In the junior varsity game, South Ripley defeated Switzerland County 57-34.