The Switzerland County Lady Pacers wrapped up this year’s ‘Rumble on the River’ basketball tournament on Saturday afternoon, falling to Madison in the tourney’s fifth place game by a score of 43-34.
The game was a defensive struggle throughout, as the Lady Pacers grabbed a 7-5 lead after the first quarter before Madison came back to take a 13-12 at the halftime break.
Both offenses began to heat up after the halftime, with Switzerland County scoring 10 points in the period, while allowing Madison to score 12. That quarter allowed the Lady Cubs to take a 25-22 lead after three.
In the fourth quarter, Switzerland County continued to find a solid offense, scoring 12 points; but Madison rebounded with 18 points over the same stretch to claim the victory.
Much of Madison’s advantage came at the freethrow line, as the Lady Cubs were 18-for-22 from the freethrow line; while Switzerland County was just 3-for-6.
Aleiah Thomas, who earned All Tournament honors for her play over the three games, scored 14 points in the game; while Jessie Duvall continued her outstanding play early in the season, also scoring in double figures, as she finished with 11.
Maddie Duvall had three points; while Rylee Hankins and Jaden Harrell each had two points.
Finishing the tourney 1-2, Switzerland County’s overall record now stands at 8-6 heading into yet another tournament — the annual Rivertown Classic that is underway at South Dearborn High School.
The Lady Pacers were scheduled to play South Dearborn (8-9) yesterday (Wednesday) in the tournament’s first game. Switzerland County defeated South Dearborn 46-36 in the season opener on November 6th.
The other half of the tournament bracket features Rising Sun (3-10) playing Lawrenceburg (16-1). The Lady Tigers suffered their first loss of the season in the championship game of the ‘Rumble on the River’, losing to Scottsburg by a score of 58-47.
Thomas’s outstanding tournament earned her a spot on the All Tournament team.
Jayla Mays of Scottsburg was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player; and others on the All Tourney squad included: Scottsburg’s Zoe Zellers; Julianna Kemper and Macey Radenheimer of Lawrenceburg; Samantha Matthews of Charlestown; Kate Grote of Shawe Memorial; Abby Ralston of Southwestern; Marley Smith of Connersville; and Paige Young of Madison.