Things continued to go south for the Switzerland County Lady Pacers on Saturday afternoon, as a trip South to take on the New Washington Lady Mustangs resulted in a 55-40 loss for Switzerland County.
It was the Lady Pacers third straight loss after defeating South Dearborn in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic, and dropped their overall record to 6-12 heading into the final five games of the regular season.
Switzerland County fell behind early, trailing 15-9 at the end of the first quarter; but Coach Ashley Kitts’ squad did show offensive balance, with Aleiah Thomas hitting a three-pointer while Whitley Schirmer, Taylar Jordan, and Rylee Hankins all had field goals.
New Washington’s Haley Tye was hot early, connecting on two early three-pointers and finished with eight points in the opening period.
The second quarter saw a balanced struggle on both ends of the floor, as each team scored 10 points over the eight minute span; sending New Washington into the lockerroom with a 25-19 lead.
In that second quarter, Schirmer began to heat up offensively, connecting on a three-pointer and a field goal for five points; while Thomas had another three-pointer and Hope Tankersley recorded a pair of freethrows.
The third quarter was again closely played, with Switzerland County scoring nine points while New Washington had 11.
Thomas had a pair of field goals for four points in the third; while McKenli Scudder added a basket; Schirmer had a pair of freethrows, and Jordan also added a freethrow.
Down by eight with eight minutes to play, the Lady Pacers couldn’t string together an offensive run to get close, as New Washington was clutch from the freethrow line, extending their lead and keeping Switzerland County from cutting into it.
New Washington won the period by a 19-12 count – and the game by a final score of 55-40.
In that fourth quarter, Tankersley led the way offensively, scoring seven points; while Schirmer again had two free throws; Thomas had a field goal; and Hankins had a freethrow.
On the game, Thomas was the leading scorer, finishing with 12 points; and she came up just short of a double-double, wrapping the game with nine rebounds. She also had one assist.
Schirmer was also in double figures with 11 points; and she added six rebounds and three assists to her totals.
Tankersley had nine points and three rebounds; Jordan had three points, eight rebounds, and an assist; Hankins had three points and four rebounds; and Scudder added two points and three rebounds.
For the Lady Mustangs, Tye led all scorers with 22 points; while Gracie Krouse was in double figures with 12.