The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team capped off Christmas week by participating in the ‘Rumble on the River’ tournament, and opened play with an afternoon contest against Scottsburg, and the 15-2 Lady Warriors came away with the win, 57-48.
Both teams got off to a tentative start, with Scottsburg outscoring Switzerland County by a 10-7 margin in the first quarter.
Aleiah Thomas had a field goal and a freethrow to lead the Lady Pacer scoring early, whilc Rylee Hankins and Jaden Harrell each added field goals.
Jaylah Mays had four points in the opener for Scottsburg; while Zoe Zellers and Kynleigh Watson each added three-pointers.
The second quarter continued to see an evenly played contest, as Switzerland County posted 12 points.
Jessie Duvall hit a three-pointer and made a freethrow for four of those points; while Thomas continued her steady play, also accounting for four points on a field goal and a pair of freethrows. Keirstan Oeffinger and Lexi Lay also had buckets for Switzerland County.
Scottsburg pulled away slightly in the second, scoring 14 points, including six by Mays.
At the half, Scottsburg held a 24-19 advantage.
Coming out of the halftime break, both teams found their offensive footing, but Scottsburg had just a little more firepower, scoring 20 points in the quarter while the Lady Pacers added 14 more to their tally.
Switzerland County again saw Thomas lead the way with six points; while Lay connected on a three-pointer and converted a pair of freethrows for five more. Maddie Duvall also found the range from three-point territory to complete the period’s scoring.
Scottsburg made its run fueled by two three-pointers by Bela Brewster; six points from Mays; and six from Kody Clancy. The run by the Lady Warriors extended the lead to 11, 44-33, with one eight minute period left to play.
Switzerland County made a run in the final stanza, keeping the offense rolling with 15 points. Thomas again had six; Lay hit another three-pointer; Jessie Duvall had four more; and Oeffinger also hit a basket; but as strong as the Lady Pacer quarter was, Scottsburg managed to score 13 points and ease away for the nine point victory.
Overall, Thomas led Switzerland County with 19 points; while Lay was also in double figures with 10. Jessie Duvall had eight; Oeffinger had four; Maddie Duvall three; and Harrell and Hankins each chipped in two.
Mays led Scottsburg with 20 points, while Clancy had 10.