Lady Pacers finish third in Franklin Holiday Tournament

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team finished third overall in last weekend’s holiday tournament held at Franklin Community High School.

In the opening game, Switzerland County was defeated by the host Franklin team by a score of 56-24.

“They are a really good team,” Lady Pacer coach Wayne Ellegood said of Franklin. “They put a lot of defensive pressure on us, and we aren’t used to that. We didn’t do well offensively making the adjustments that we needed to against their pressure.”

The coach did applaud his team for its defensive performance, however.

“I thought we did well offensively,” Wayne Ellegood said. “We held them to 56 points, and they have a very good offense.”

Franklin took an 11-5 lead after the first quarter, and then expanded the advantage to 23-11 at halftime. The Lady Cubs then put the game away by outscoring Switzerland County 16-4 in the third period; and then outscored the Lady Pacers 17-9 in the final stanza.

Switzerland County shot 40-percent from the field, but managed to attempt only 40 shots in the game while committing 30 turnovers. They were also 4-for-8 from the freethrow line.

“I think we learned a lot in the game,” Coach Ellegood said. “You can’t duplicate that type of defensive pressure in practice, so it did us some good to play against that. I think it helped us in the second game.”

The coach praised the play of sophomore Lindsay Scott, who came off of the bench to score nine points to lead the Lady Pacers. She also added three rebounds.

Jenna Daugherty finished with five points and five rebounds in the opening contest; while Casey Sharp, Maggie Armstrong, Kristen Perry, Bre Hinman, and Carrie Truax all finished with two points each.

Lindsay Vandivier led Franklin Community with 15 points.

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In the tournament’s consolation game, Switzerland County bounced back to defeat West Vigo High School by a score of 50-33.

“I thought we played really well,” Coach Ellegood said of the second game. “We have had problems bouncing back and having a good performance on back-to-back games, so we’ve talked a lot about that, and I think our kids really came out and played well.”

Although the coach didn’t have specific standouts in the game individually, he did praise team leaders Maggie Armstrong and Kristen Perry for bouncing back after a chilly opening game offensively to each contribute 14 points in the win over West Vigo.

“I thought Jenna Daugherty had a great game for us,” Wayne Ellegood said. “She finished with 12 rebounds and really hit the boards hard. She also gave us four points and had five steals, so we were happy with that.”

The Lady Pacers came out and led 19-11 after the first period; and topped their point total from the first game before halftime of the second, going into the break leading by a score of 30-23.

Switzerland County then turned the tables, putting the game away on the winning side of the ledger in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Vikings by a 13-4 count. The final quarter saw Switzerland County hold a 7-6 scoring advantage, and that led to the 17-point win, 50-33.

Maggie Armstrong also had six steals and seven rebounds to go along with her 14 points; while Kristen Perry add five rebounds and two steals.

Hailee Smith came off of the bench to record six points, three rebounds, and four steals; Lindsay Scott had five points and six rebounds; and Bre Hinman, starting at the point for the Lady Pacers, had four points and four assists while not committing a single turnover.

Carrie Truax finished with two points; and Casey Sharp contributed one.

The Lady Pacers now set their sights on this week’s Rivertown Classic Tournament, where they will play Lawrenceburg in the second game on Wednesday night.

“Our kids are really looking forward to the tournament,” Wayne Ellegood said. “They’ve been focused on it, and I think we’re going to play very well.”