Lady Pacers defeat Southwestern behind 19 points from Aleiah Thomas

After falling in a close battle with Scottsburg in the opening round game of the ‘Rumble on the River’ tournament; the Lady Pacers bounced back in the tourney’s second game with a 41-36 victory over conference foe Southwestern.

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After falling in a close battle with Scottsburg in the opening round game of the ‘Rumble on the River’ tournament; the Lady Pacers bounced back in the tourney’s second game with a 41-36 victory over conference foe Southwestern.

  The two teams battled to an 8-8 tie after one period of play, as Aleiah Thomas kept her outstanding season rolling with five first quarter points. Coach Mark Boggs’ squad also got a three-pointer from Maddie Duvall to close the scoring in the opening eight minutes.

  Southwestern got a three-pointer from Trinity McClain; baskets from Abby Ralston and Ashton Goode; and a freethrow by Bella Marcum to fill out its scoring column in the first.

  The methodical play continued in the second quarter, as Switzerland County again posted eight points on balanced scoring. Maddie Duvall had two freethrows; while Thomas, Jessie Duvall, and Rylee Hankins each added a field goal.

  Southwestern managed seven points in the second — with six of those by Marcum, and the halftime break came with Switzerland County in front, 16-15.

  The second half saw the scoring pick up, as the Lady Pacers outscored the Lady Rebels in the third quarter by a 15-13 margin to continue to pull away.

  Jessie Duvall got hot from the outside, connecting on two three-pointers in the third stanza; while Thomas hit three field goals to also post six points. Maddie Duvall’s second three-pointer of the game also helped the Lady Pacers gain some breathing room.

  Ralston began to heat up for Southwestern in the third, scoring six points; while Goode had five more.

  Holding a 31-28 lead heading into the final quarter, Switzerland County continued to take advantage of scoring opportunities while controlling the ball and using the clock to its advantage.

  The Lady Pacers posted 10 more points in the fourth, enough to secure the victory.

  Thomas had six points in the final stanza to two field goals and a couple of freethrows; while Jaden Harrell and Lexie Lay each added a key bucket to the winning total.

  Southwestern got four points from Marcum and Ralston, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Pacers came through with a 41-36 win.

  Thomas continues to prove that she’s one of the premier players in Southern Indiana, finishing with 19 points; while both Maddie and Jessie Duvall each had eight points in the contest.

  The trio of Hankins, Lay and Harrell each contributed two points to the win.

  Marcum had 13 points for Southwestern; while Ralston had 12.