After suffering through two losses in pool play on Friday at the “Rumble on the River” tournament at Southwestern, the Switzerland County Lady Pacers righted the ship and finished strong, defeating Connersville on Saturday in the tournament’s fifth place game by a score of 50-37.
Seeing some offensive let down in the opening two games of the tourney, the Lady Pacers resumed their normal steady play on Saturday, scoring in double figures in each of the four quarters to pull away for the easy win.
The first quarter set the tone, with Switzerland County outscoring Connersville 11-4 to take a lead they would never surrender.
Again it was outside shooting that set the tone, with Aleiah Thomas, Maddie Duvall, and Jessie Duvall each connecting from behind the arc in the opening eight minutes; while Thomas also added a freethrow and Kyah Chase had a freethrow in the opener.
The offense and defense stayed strong in the second quarter, as the Lady Pacers posted 13 points while holding the Lady Spartans to just eight.
Switzerland County senior Josie Meyer put her long distance shooting talents on display in the second, hitting three three-pointers for nine points; while Chase contributed a bucket and Thomas chipped in a pair of freethrows.
The Lady Pacers hit the halftime break cruising with a lead of 24-12.
In the third, Switzerland County managed just 10 points, but held Connersville to just seven to continue to swell the lead.
Jaden Harrell led the third quarter scoring with four points; with Jessie Duvall, Keirstan Oeffinger, and Maddie Duvall also adding baskets. It was the first time in six quarters that the Lady Pacers did not make a three-pointer.
Up by a comfortable margin, Switzerland County got its reserves some quality minutes in the final period, but the Lady Pacers still managed to add 16 points while Connersville wrapped its tourney experience with 18 points in the stanza.
In that fourth for the Lady Pacers, Thomas exploded offensively before taking a seat, scoring nine points on three field goals and three freethrows; while Harrell had another bucket; Jessie and Maddie Duvall each had a pair of freethrows; and Chase added a freethrow.
The final margin of victory saw Switzerland County earn the win by a score of 50-37.
Thomas was Switzerland County’s leading scorer with 15 points; while Meyer finished with nine on the strength of her white-hot second period. Maddie Duvall and Jessie Duvall each contributed seven points to the win, while Harrell had six; Chase had four; and Oeffinger had two.
Connersville was led by Paige Dunaway with 18 points.
Staying in tournament action, the Lady Pacers were scheduled to play Rising Sun in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic at South Dearborn High School yesterday (Wednesday, January 8th). Pending the outcome of that game, Switzerland County will play tomorrow (Friday) night, either at 6 p.m. in the consolation game or 8 p.m. in the championship tilt. South Dearborn and Lawrenceburg battled in the tourney’s other semifinal.