The Switzerland County Lady Pacer basketball team ran into a high powered offense on a roll last Saturday night in the finale of the Rivertown Classic against Lawrenceburg, falling to the Lady Tigers by a final score of 61-47.
Coach Ashley Kitts’ team got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 9-2 lead as Whitley Schirmer was hot from outside and Rylee Hankins sliced her way inside for two quick baskets; while Aleiah Thomas also had a basket.
Lawrenceburg then raced back, scoring seven straight points to tie the game at 9-9, but another three-pointer by Schirmer. Another bucket by Lawrenceburg closed the opening quarter with the Lady Pacers in front by a score of 12-11.
The second quarter was where things started to unravel for Switzerland County, as the Lady Pacers managed just five points in the period, while Lawrenceburg countered with 14 points over the same span.
Schirmer and Jordan each had baskets in the quarter, while Thomas chipped in a freethrow.
Lawrenceburg got four points from Makenna White and Baylee Blackburn in the period, while Josie Denton had three points.
At the halftime break, the Lady Tigers held a 25-17 advantage.
Switzerland County got a spark as the third quarter started when Jordan drilled a three-pointer; but the Lady Pacers couldn’t solve a big rebounding edge by Lawrenceburg, as the Lady Tigers got multiple chances on the offensive end and limited Switzerland County to just one shot attempt while on defense.
Jordan did most of the offensive damage for Switzerland County in the third, as the senior accounted for 10 of the team’s 12 third period points. Thomas had the other basket.
Lawrenceburg had 17 points in the quarter, led by freshman Juliana Kemper, who had seven points. Much of the deficit was created at the freethrow line, as the Lady Tigers were 9-of-10 through the first three stanzas, while Switzerland County was just 1-for-4.
At the end of the third quarters, Lawrenceburg was in control, 42-29.
The final period saw the Lady Tigers pull away to the title, scoring 19 points while Switzerland County was also hot, scoring 18 points over the same span.
Schirmer got hot again for the Lady Pacers in the quarter, hitting two three-pointers on her way to nine points; and Thomas also got hot from behind the arc, also hitting a pair of three-pointers as she had seven points in the stanza. Hope Tankersley had the other basket in the period; as the horn sounded and Lawrenceburg celebrated a Rivertown title, 61-47.
Schirmer was the leading scorer for Switzerland County with 17 points; while both Jordan and Thomas were also in double figures with 12 each.
Hankins had four points and Tankersley had two points to round out the scoring.
Lawrenceburg was led by White with 16 points; while Kemper had 13 points and Denton had 10.
For her outstanding efforts in the tournament, Schirmer earned a slot on the All Tournament team.