In what may have been their best all around effort of the season, the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team placed three players in double figures and consistently beat defensive pressure to claim a 51-36 win over Carroll County on Tuesday night.
The Lady Pacers kept their cool and methodically picked apart the Carroll County full court defense, turning sharp passes into easy buckets.
Switzerland County’s defense shut down the Panther offense as well, switching responsibilities and pulling down big rebounds.
The first period saw Carroll County’s Makena Kindoll make a three-pointer, but Switzerland County’s defense took over from there, going on a run of nine straight points on baskets by Bre Ricketts, Brooke Todd, and Eve Galbreath – and both Brooke Todd and Bre Ricketts also made freethrows.
Carroll County kept bombing from the outside, getting another three-pointer from Miranda Groseclose to cut into the lead; but Brooke Todd responded with a traditional three-point play; and after Miranda Groseclose made another three-pointer, a pair of freethrows by Kelsi Konkle gave Switzerland County a 14-9 lead at the first break.
The Lady Pacers scored the first three points of the second quarter on freethrows by Eve Galbreath and Makenzie Mathews; and after Carroll County made a bucket; Switzerland County got baskets from Eve Galbreath and Kelsi Konkle to extend the lead to 10.
The Panthers scored to snap that run, but the Lady Pacers then got six more points – two on a jumper from Kelsi Konkle and four from Brooke Todd on a pair of freethrows and a layup off of a great assist from Hailee Lay.
Carroll County got another basket from Miranda Groseclose; but the half ended with Brooke Todd scored her 14th point of the half on another three-point play.
At the half: Switzerland County 30, Carroll County 15.
The Lady Pacers kept up the offensive outburst in the third quarter, with Brooke Todd again doing the damage with four straight points. Eve Galbreath followed those with an inside basket; and the lead neared 20 points.
The game went back and forth for the remainder of the period, with Switzerland County getting two more baskets from Kelsi Konkle and another layup from Eve Galbreath, and with a quarter to play the Lady Pacers had indeed built a 20-point lead, 42-22.
The final quarter played out true to form, with the Lady Pacers getting three baskets from Eve Galbreath, a pair of freethrows from Kelsi Konkle, and one freethrow from Brooke Todd to secure the victory by a final score of 51-36.
Brooke Todd led all scorers with 19 points; while Eve Galbreath finished with 16 points and Kelsi Konkle made it three in double figures as she accounted for 12 points. Bre Ricketts contributed three points; and Makenzie Mathews added one point and some outstanding defensive play.
Miranda Groseclose led Carroll County with 12 points.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated Carroll County by a score of 12-10.
Baylie Scudder led the Lady Pacers with four points; with Bre Braun, Regan Chitwood, and Kelsi Konkle all adding two points each. Hailee Lay and Makenzie Mathews each had one point.