Lady Pacers comeback falls short , 57-51

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After suffering through a cold shooting first half, the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team roared back in the second half last Thursday against Lawrenceburg, but in the end the comeback came up short, 57-51.

The Lady Tigers, who had defeated Switzerland County in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic, came out of the gates hot on their home floor, outscoring Switzerland County 21-8 in the first period.

The hot shooting – and poor shooting by the Lady Pacers – continued in the second period, as Lawrenceburg outscored Switzerland County 11-7 to take a 32-15 lead after one half of play.

Switzerland County was frigid in the first 16 minutes, shooting just 6-for-21 (29-percent) from the floor; while Lawrenceburg was 12-for-25 (48-percent) over the same stretch.

The second half opened with Switzerland County incorporating a full court, pressure defense, and immediately the pressure took its toll on the Lady Tigers, who committed 24 turnovers in the game.

In the third quarter, Switzerland County outscored their hosts 19-11; and with a quarter to go, the Lady Pacers had climbed back into the contest, trailing 43-34.

Switzerland County kept up the pressure and began to convert on the offensive end, and again the Lady Pacers won the quarter, 17-14, but it wasn’t enough to win the game, falling by six points, 57-51.

The 36 points scored by Switzerland County in the second half marked one of their biggest offensive outbursts for a half of the season.

In that second half, Switzerland County shot a sweltering 17-for-33 from the floor (52-percent); which improved their shooting percentage for the game to a respectable 43-percent.

Lawrenceburg was 8-for-21 (38-percent) in the second half, but made nine important freethrows over the final two periods to seal the win.

Switzerland County posted three players in double figures, led by Maggie Armstrong and Kristen Perry, who each finished with 12.

Maggie Armstrong also had four rebounds, four assists, and five steals; while Kristen Perry added four rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots, and three steals to her all around game.

Jenna Daugherty was also in double figures with 10 points, and contributed a team-high seven rebounds, five assists, and four blocked shots.

Lindsay Scott finished with seven points and four rebounds on the night; Bre Hinman added six points and three assists; and Hailee Smith contributed four points and two steals.

Emily Rennekamp led Lawrenceburg with 20 points; while Brittany Fehr was in double figures with 17.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated Lawrenceburg by a score of 35-26.

Becca Sittloh led the Lady Pacers with 13 points, and also contributed four steals. Trisha Smith was also in double figures with 12 points and had three rebounds.

Hayley South had five points and six turnovers; Kelly Kincaid added three points and 11 rebounds; and Allie Mathews finished with two points and four rebounds.