Lady Pacers fall to Oldenburg, 52-45

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Coach Ashley Kitts’ Switzerland County Lady Pacer basketball team made the long trek to Oldenburg last Thursday night to take on the Lady Twisters, and fell by a final score of 52-45.

Switzerland County held the lead at the first break by an 11-9 count; with Lexi Lay drilling a three-pointer while Hope Tankersley, Aleiah Thomas, and Caitlynn Morris each had baskets. Whitley Schirmer posted two freethrows in the opening stanza.

The slim lead didn’t last long, as Oldenburg scored 14 points in the second quarter while the Lady Pacers managed just eight. The Switzerland County defense was playing well, limiting Oldenburg star Katherine Kinker to just three points in the first half.

In that second quarter, Schirmer again hit two freethrows; while field goals were scored by Taylar Jordan, Tankersley, and Thomas.

The halftime score showed Oldenburg in front by a score of 23-19.

The second half was closely played, but neither team could put together a big enough run to gain some breathing room from their opponent. In the third, Switzerland County scored 13 points while Oldenburg had 14.

Thomas had five points in the stanza to lead Switzerland County, making a three-pointer and a pair of freethrows; while Schirmer hit her first field goal of the night and again converted two more freethrows for four points in the stanza. Tankersley continued her steady play with another basket; and McKenli Scudder also had a bucket in the period.

Kinker got rolling in the third for the Lady Twisters, 10 points; and that led Oldenburg to a five point lead, 37-32, after three quarters of play.

The final eight minutes was again pretty evenly played, with Switzerland County again scoring 13 points; and Oldenburg had 15.

Schirmer really got on track in the last period, scoring eight points on three field goals and – again – two freethrows. Tankersley again had a basket; and Thomas had three more on a field goal and a freethrow.

Kinker stayed hot for Oldenburg, scoring seven more points; and at the end the Lady Pacers couldn’t make up the lost ground, falling by seven, 52-45.

Schirmer led the way for the Lady Pacers with 16 points; with Thomas also in double figures, as the freshman had 12.

Tankersley had eight points; Lay had three; and Jordan, Morris, and Scudder each had two.

Kinker led Oldenburg with 20 points.