Lady Pacers open season with loss

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It was certainly an odd way to start a season.

On Friday night the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team opened its season with a tough match up against Madison, which is ranked 11th in the state in Class 3A heading into the year.

The Lady Pacers are still a very young team under second year coach Ashley Chase, and although Switzerland County knew it was facing a tough opening opponent, the team was ready to work hard.

Call it opening night jitters or what have you, but Madison came out and got on a big roll early while Switzerland County was still trying to find its footing, and the Lady Cubs led 17-0 after the first quarter.

The second quarter didn’t find the Lady Pacer offense getting any hotter as Madison continued to roll up points, and at halftime the Lady Cubs led by a 35-0 score.

As the third quarter got underway, Switzerland County got a basket from freshman Brooke Todd to break the ice, and Madison also scored a basket to make the score 37-2.

That’s when the water came.

Just about one minute into the third quarter, the game was stopped due to a water leak coming from one of the ducts at the south end of the gym.

Play was stopped as school officials tried to fix the problem and keep water from landing on the playing floor and exposing the players to possible injury.

After a delay of about 20 minutes, it was decided that in the best interest of the players, the game should be called.

Madison was declared the winner, 37-2.

Although it wasn’t the way she wanted her team to start the season, Coach Chase was undaunted in getting her team ready to play the following night.

“This was a tough loss to a good team,” she said. “But we plan on getting in the gym tomorrow (Saturday) and refocus for our game against South Dearborn. We knew going into the game that it wasn’t going to be easy, but I felt good about our attitudes in the locker room after the game. We are still young and we will grow because of this game.”