Led by Aleiah Ragsdale’s 21 points, the Switzerland County Lady Pacers kicked off what promises to be an outstanding season on Tuesday night with a 57-37 road win over South Dearborn.
The Lady Pacers jumped out early, taking a 17-9 lead after the first quarter, and much of that damage was done from the outside, as Switzerland County hit three three-pointers in the opening eight minutes — one each by Kyah Chase, Maddie Duvall, and Jessie Duvall — and combined that with four points from Ragsdale and a basket by Jaden Harrell, along with a two-pointer by Chase.
In firm control heading into the second stanza, Switzerland County continued it’s blistering pace from the outside as the game neared halftime. The Lady Pacers would score 12 points in the second, all of them on four three-point shots. Jessie Duvall had two more; Josie Meyer added a trey, and Maddie Duvall connected for her second of the half.
At the break, Switzerland County was in command, 29-20.
The third quarter is were the game was broken wide open, and Coach Mark Boggs’ troops moved their offensive arsenal inside for the first eight minutes following the halftime break.
Switzerland County would outscore their hosts by a count of 20-12 in the third — and eight of those points came at the freethrow line.
Ragsdale did most of the damage for the Lady Pacers, accounting for 15 of the team’s 20 points, connecting on three baskets, a three-pointer, and going six-for-seven from the freethrow line.
The final period was more slowly paced on the offensive end, as Switzerland County managed just eight points — six of those from the charity stripe — but the Lady Pacer defense locked down the Lady Knights, allowing them just five points over the final stanza to made the final margin of victory 20 points — 57-37.
Along with her 21 points, Ragsdale also contributed five steals, four rebounds and three assists; while Jessie Duvall was also in double figures, connecting on 12 points to go along with eight rebounds, three steals, and three assists.
Chase had nine points, five rebounds, and two steals as she saw her first extensive action since a knee injury wiped out her freshman season; Maddie Duvall had six points, three boards, two assists and a steal; and Harrell had four points, two steals and an assist.
Meyer had three points and a pair of rebounds; and Keirstan Oeffinger had a sold all around game, finishing with two points, three rebounds, a steal and a pair of assists.
Kyrstin Bond led South Dearborn with 20 points.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated South Dearborn by a final score of 24-21.
The Lady Pacers were led by Rochelle Bolton with seven points; and Gracie White finished with six points.
Jayden Thomas had four points; Chloey Thomas, Dakota Richards, and Carly Bennett each had two; and Hannah Hayes chipped in one.
The Lady Pacer stay on the road tomorrow (Friday) as they travel to Madison to take on the Lady Cubs; and then have their first home game of the year on Saturday when they host Henryville.
For those fans attending the Madison game, please note that Madison has construction in its North parking lot and it will be closed. All fans will need to enter from South side (by the baseball diamond) through door 6.