Lady Pacers earn defensive win over South Ripley
Offense decided to take an early Christmas break last week, but by the final buzzer, Coach Brooke Todd’s Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team claimed a victory over rival South Ripley by a final score of 28-23.
The Lady Pacers didn’t score in double figures in any of the four quarters, but they scored just enough and allowed their defense to limit the Lady Raiders to earn the win.
The first quarter saw Switzerland County manage just four points — but still had a one-point lead, as South Ripley posted just three points.
Maddie Duvall and Jessie Duvall each had field goals to account for the Switzerland County scoring.
Gracie Gunter’s three-pointer was the only point source for South Ripley.
The second period was again a one-point battle — this time the Lady Raiders won the struggle by outscoring the Lady Pacers 8-7 — and that sent the teams to halftime tied at 11-11.
Maddie Duvall connected on a three-pointer for Switzerland County in the second; while Hannah Hayes and Courtney Higgins each added field goals.
Katelynn Samples had three points on a field goal and a freethrow for South Ripley; and Rachel Meyer added a three-pointer.
Switzerland County would begin to pull away a bit as the second half got started, outscoring their hosts by an 8-2 count over the third eight-minute period.
Jessie Duvall began to take control in the third, hitting a pair of field goals; while Maddie Duvall and Nora Hankins each contributed field goals.
Meyer’s third quarter field goal accounted for all of the South Ripley points.
The final stanza would again see back-and-forth play by both teams, as South Ripley tried to climb out of a six-point hole.
In the fourth, Switzerland County posted nine points while the Lady Raiders scored 10 — but that was enough to secure the five-point final margin of victory.
Switzerland County spent much of the fourth quarter at the freethrow line — making 7-of-10 attempts. Those were the only freethrows that the Lady Pacers would shoot in the game.
Jessie Duvall was at the forefront of the scoring, posting seven points on a field goal and five freethrows. Macy Collier and Halle Archer each contributed a freethrow in the fourth.
Gunter tried to bring her Lady Raiders back in the fourth, scoring six of her team’s points on a field goal, a freethrow, and a three-pointer.
At the final horn, Switzerland County had a good bus ride home, winning by a score of 28-23.
Jessie Duvall led the Lady Pacers with 13 points in the game; while Maddie Duvall had seven points, four rebounds and four steals.
Higgins had two points; Hayes had two points and six rebounds; and Hankins had two points and four boards. Archer and Collier each chipped in a point.
Gunter led South Ripley with nine points; and Meyer had seven.
Switzerland County was expected to close the Christmas season this past Tuesday night with a home game against Batesville; and will wrap 2021 this coming Wednesday, December 29th, with a road game at Oldenburg Academy.
In the junior varsity game, Coach Lance Collier’s Lady Pacers suffered their first loss of the year, falling to South Ripley by a 28-20 count.
The Lady Pacers were led by Kenzie Taylor with seven points; while Molly Wrightsman, Terra Oeffinger, and Gracie White each had three.
Carlee Boggs and Maddie Levell each had two points in the loss.