Lady Pacers pick up first win of the season as three score in double figures

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The coaching staff of the Switzerland County girls basketball team has been preaching “patience” as the young Lady Pacers find their footing early in the season. After two opening losses to Madison and South Dearborn, the Lady Pacers got into the win column last Friday night with a 60-39 pasting of Rising Sun.

The game got off to a slow start, as both teams countered back and forth over the first half of the opening quarter. With a made freethrow by Rising Sun’s Kayla Ferreira at the 4:39 mark, the Lady Shiners took a 5-4 lead.

That’s when Switzerland County found an offensive spark, reeling off nine straight points to grab control of the contest.

The run started with three straight buckets by Kristen Perry – the second on an outstanding assist by Carrie Truax. Hailee Smith then made a freethrow; and that was followed by a pair of freethrows by Jenna Daugherty.

Rising Sun would not score again until there were just 23-seconds to play in the quarter, and the period ended with Switzerland County holding a 13-7 advantage.

The Lady Pacers stretched the lead as the second quarter opened on a freethrow by Hailee Smith and a basket by Lindsay Scott; and again the Rising Sun offense was cold, going the first two minutes without a point.

Samie Lozier finally snapped the drought with a freethrow; but Jenna Daugherty topped that with a bucket to stretch the lead to 10, 18-8.

Courtney Weaver made a pair of freethrows for Rising Sun; but Jenna Daugherty again got free inside to keep the Lady Shiners from getting on a run.

Rising Sun then got four straight points to climb back within six; but Carrie Truax stopped that run. Courtney Weaver countered that with a bucket for Rising Sun, and suddenly the lopsided game was turning into a contest.

But with Switzerland County holding a 22-16 lead, it was time for the Lady Pacer offense to kick start again.

Kristen Perry scored on a slashing move to the basket; followed by a freethrow from Jenna Daugherty; a basket by Maggie Armstrong; and a freethrow from Kristen Perry to push the lead to 28-16 as the first half drew to a close.

The third period began with a series of held balls that alternated possessions, but at the 6:50 mark Switzerland County again went on a run.

Jenna Daugherty and Kristen Perry both made baskets; followed by a freethrow from Maggie Armstrong and another basket by Jenna Daugherty. Maggie Armstrong then scored two straight baskets; and when Hailee Smith scored at the 4:26 mark, the lead had ballooned to 41-16; and Rising Sun coach Jim Jackson called another timeout to try and calm his troops.

Kayla Ferreira of Rising Sun was the Lady Shiner’s go-to player last year; and has been rehabbing an injury early this season. Friday was her first game action; and in the middle of the third quarter, fans found out how explosive she can be.

She scored the final eight points of the period for Rising Sun, trying desperately to keep her team in the game; as Switzerland County went on a three-minute scoreless streak.

But it wasn’t enough, and a Maggie Armstrong basket with less than 30-seconds left gave the Lady Pacers a 45-26 lead with eight minutes to play.

After Kayla Ferreira opened the final quarter with a basket; Jenna Daugherty quickly countered that with a bucket of her own. Rising Sun then got three freethrows; and Kristen Perry connected twice to keep the lead at 20.

With the outcome of the game decided, both teams went back and forth with baskets.

Switzerland County got points in the closing minutes from Maggie Armstrong, Kristen Perry, and Lindsay Scott, and as the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Pacers had put together a solid, 60-39 victory.

Kristen Perry led all scorers with 23 points; and was joined in double figures by Jenna Daugherty with 15 points and Maggie Armstrong with 10.

Jenna Daugherty recorded the season’s first double-double, as she also posted 10 rebounds. Kristen Perry and Maggie Armstrong each finished with five boards; and Maggie Armstrong also posted five assists.

Lindsay Scott finished with six points; Hailee Smith had four points; and Carrie Truax finished with two.

As a team, Switzerland County was 25-for-56 (44.6-percent) from the floor; and were just 10-for-23 (43.5-percent) from the freethrow line.

For Rising Sun, Kayla Ferreira finished with 15 points. The Lady Shiners were 12-for-46 from the floor (26.1-percent); and were 15-for-26 (57.7-percent) from the charity stripe.

Neither team made a three-pointer.

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The junior varsity Lady Pacers also picked up their first victory of the season, winning by a score of 41-24.

Trisha Smith led Switzerland County with 14 points and six rebounds; while Kelly Kincaid finished in double figures with 10 points to go with five boards.

Hayley South had seven points; Becca Sittloh finished with six; and Paige Kelly added four.

Switzerland County returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Milan; and then return home next Thursday to take on South Decatur.