Lady Pacers open season with big win over South Dearborn, 56-19
Coach Mark Boggs’ Switzerland County Lady Pacers opened their 2020-2021 campaign two days later than anticipated, but posted a big opening night win last Thursday, November 12th, 56-19 over South Dearborn.
The game was delayed two days because South Dearborn was dealing with COVID-19 issues, and the pandemic also hit Switzerland County, as a number of junior varsity players in quarantine meant the cancellation of jayvee games for the opening weekend.
It didn’t take long for Switzerland County to impose its will in the opener, jumping out to a 17-0 lead after one quarter.
Senior Keirstan Oeffinger fueled the fire in the opening eight minutes, accounting for seven points on two field goals and a three-pointer; while Jessie Duvall also connected on a three-pointer.
Maddie Duvall accounted for three points in the first eight minutes with a bucket and a freethrow; while Nora Hankins and Jayden Thomas also chipped in buckets.
Firmly in control after eight minutes of play, the Lady Pacers continued their methodical play, adding another 17 points in the second quarter while South Dearborn finally got on the scoreboard, scoring just three points in the period.
The second quarter belonged to Maddie Duvall, as the junior connected on three field goals and a three-pointer for nine points in the stanza; while Jessie Duvall added four more points to her tally with a basket and a pair of freethrows. Freshman Halle Archer got into the act in the second with a bucket; and Dakota Richards also added a basket.
At the half, Switzerland County led by a score of 34-3.
South Dearborn steadied itself in the third quarter, but the Lady Pacers still outscored their guests by a 10-9 count.
Again it was the Duvall twins taking over, as Maddie had another three-pointer and a field goal; while Jessie added a bucket and a freethrow. Hannah Hayes completed the third period scoring for Switzerland County with a basket.
Holding a 32-point lead after three quarters, Switzerland County continued to work on its game in the final stanza, outscoring South Dearborn by a 12-7 count to seal the win.
Gracie White had a big final quarter, scoring five points on a three-pointer and a field goal; while Jessie Duvall added a field goal and a pair of freethrows for four points. Hayes added another bucket inside; and Hankins capped her night with a freethrow, and when the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Pacers had posted an impressive opening night victory, 56-19.
Maddie Duvall led Switzerland County with 17 points on the night, including a pair of three-pointers; while Jessie Duvall was right behind with 14 points.
Oeffinger had seven points in the game — all in the opening quarter; while White had five — all in the final quarter.
Hayes had four points; Hankins added three points; and Richards and Archers each contributed a basket.
Emily Elliott led South Dearborn with six points; and Zoe Ross had four.