Lady Pacers place three in double figures in loss

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Switzerland County’s Lady Pacer varsity basketball team wrapped up its regular season on Saturday afternoon with a makeup game against conference rival Southwestern, and although Switzerland County had three players score in double figures, it wasn’t enough as the Lady Rebels claimed the ORVC championship with a 75-44 win.

Southwestern came out of the gate early, leading 18-11 at the end of the first period, but the Lady Pacers were hanging right with their guests at every turn, but couldn’t get key baskets to fall at important times.

The second period is where Southwestern really began to pull away, outscoring Switzerland County 22-10 over the eight minute run to take a 40-21 lead into the halftime break.

Switzerland County then fought back in the third quarter, but couldn’t get any closer, as they were outscored 21-16 over the period and fell behind 61-37 with just one quarter left to play.

The final quarter saw the outcome already established, and Southwestern claimed a 14-7 margin over the last eight minutes to pull out a 75-44 victory.

Switzerland County’s offense was balanced, as Maggie Armstrong, Kristen Perry, and Lindsay Scott all finished with 10 points each. Maggie Armstrong also added four rebounds, seven assists, and four steals to the ledger; while Kristen Perry had four rebounds, three blocked shots, and two steals.

Lindsay Scott continued her outstanding play with six rebounds, two assists, and a steal to go along with her points; and Jenna Daugherty added six points, six rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals to the effort.

Hailee Smith also finished with six points, and chipped in two assists.

Switzerland County again suffered through a subpar shooting day, going 20-for-55 from the field (36-percent); while Southwestern was 30-for-58 from the floor (52-percent).

The Lady Rebels made eight three-point baskets to just one for Switzerland County; and Southwestern was also 7-for-11 (64-percent) from the freethrow line; while Switzerland County was 3-for-8 (38-percent).

Southwestern outrebounded Switzerland County 39-30 in the game; and the turnover stats were similar, with Switzerland County posting a respectable 17 while Southwestern had 15 miscues.

The two teams won’t have to wait long to see each other again, as they were scheduled to play in the first round of the Class 2A Sectional #44 at Milan last night (Wednesday).

Although Switzerland County lost both games to Southwestern this year, the first game saw the Lady Rebels only win by a 60-55 count, so Switzerland County Coach Wayne Ellegood is hoping for good things in tournament play.

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The Switzerland County junior varsity squad battled hard against Southwestern with the ORVC Conference title on the line, but in the end the Lady Rebels won by a score of 33-27.

Becca Sittloh was the leading scorer for Switzerland County, finishing with 10 points; and she also contributed three assists and four steals.

Kelly Kincaid had seven points and five steals; Allie Mathews had six points, five rebounds, and two assists; and Trisha Smith added four points, eight rebounds, and three steals.