Lady Pacers handle Batesville behind Eve Galbreath’s 26

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team continued its outstanding season last Thursday night with a 51-40 victory over Batesville.

The win was fueled by senior Eve Galbreath, who accounted for 26 points on the night to go with two rebounds and three steals.

The game was close early, with Batesville holding a 12-11 lead after the first period. Switzerland County’s offense centered on Eve Galbreath, as she accounted for nine of the points in the opening stanza; and Brooke Todd had the other two.

The Lady Pacers then broke away in the second period, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs by an 11-4 count to take a 22-16 lead into the halftime break. Makenzie Mathews lead the offense in the period, scoring four more points; while Hailee Lay, Kelsi Konkle, and Brooke Todd had two each and Eve Galbreath added a freethrow.

Batesville was led by Shelby Rupp, and she had 12 points in the first half to keep her team close.

The third quarter was evenly played, with both teams scoring 13 points to allow the Lady Pacers to maintain their six-point advantage.

Eve Galbreath went back to work in the quarter, scoring eight more points. Brooke Todd added three points, and Makenzie Mathews had the other two.

Trying to build on its lead, Switzerland County spent much of the final quarter at the freethrow line, and the Lady Pacers were able to convert.

The squad went 8-for-12 from the stripe in the final eight minutes, accounting for half of the Lady Pacer total of 16 points. Batesville, in the meantime, managed just 11 points in the quarter, and the final margin of victory was 11 - 51-40.

The freethrow line was a big factor in the contest, as Switzerland County was 15-for-23 from the charity stripe in the game; while Batesville was just 1-for-1, and that freethrow by Kelli Hartman came in the final quarter. Both teams made 18 field goals in the game, and Batesville’s Brooke Bradford had the game’s only three-pointer.

Along with Eve Galbreath’s 26 points; Brooke Todd was also in double figures, finishing with 13 points. She also had two rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Makenzie Mathews wrapped up the night with eight points, and two steals; Hailee Lay had two points, three rebounds and two steals; and Kelsi Konkle had an outstanding all around night, accounting for two points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Batesville was led by Shelby Rupp with 16 points; while Brooke Bradford and Kelli Hartman had nine points each.

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The Lady Pacer jayvee squad fell to Batesville by a final score of 38-23.

Switzerland County was led in scoring by Mallory Phagan, who had seven points; while Whitley Schirmer and Hope Tankersley each scored five. Emerson Schroer, Bre Braun, and Ashley Peelman each contributed two points in the contest.