Lady Pacers open season with loss to Madison, 53-35

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball squad lost its first game of the season last Friday night with a home loss to the Madison Lady Cubs by a score of 53-35.

The Lady Pacers were behind in the first quarter by an 8-0 score until Morgan Ross connected on a bucket and Courtney Cole added one at the line.

The Lady Pacers trailed by 12 points near the end of the first quarter, but Amber Smith was able to hit another basket before the first period ended, but Madison still held the lead, 15-5.

The second quarter didn’t get any better, as the Lady Cub defense and some costly turnovers kept Switzerland County scoreless for much of the period. The lone Lady Pacer points came on a basket by Courtney Cole near the halftime break, and the Lady Pacers headed to the locker room with a deficit of 28-7.

In the third period, the Lady Pacer offense came to life a bit, and Switzerland County outscored the Lady Cubs by an 11-5 count.

Ashley Bright starting off the scoring with a three-point shot; while April Thieman and Courtney Cole – top scorer for the game – added two more baskets each bringing the score a little closer to the Lady Cubs, 33-18.

The scoring was close in the fourth and final quarter – 20-17 – but the Lady Pacers could not come from behind, ending the game with a loss, 53-35. Scoring during the fourth quarter for the Lady Pacers was Ashley Bright with five points; April Thieman with three points; Megan McCarty, Shana Todd and Tanya Sefton contributed two points each; while Brittany Hall added one point at the line.

For the game, Courtney Cole led the Lady Pacers with nine points; while Ashley Bright contributed eight and April Thieman added seven. Tanya Sefton, Morgan Ross, Amber Smith, Megan McCarty, and Shana Todd had two points each; and Brittany Hall added one.

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The Lady Pacers jayvee team also lost to the Lady Cubs by a score of 45-25.

Top scorer for the jayvee team was Hailee Smith with six points; while Carrie Truax finished with five points. Shana Todd and Karista Wengert each finished with four points; and Maggie Armstrong, Jenna Daugherty and Lauren Chase each finished the game with two points.