Eve Galbreath scored 23 points, one of three Lady Pacers to score in double figures, and Switzerland County dismantled Milan last Tuesday night by 40 points, 72-32.
The game was a mismatch from the very beginning, with Eve Galbreath’s two freethrows and Hailee Lay’s jumper giving the Lady Pacers a quick 4-0 lead. Milan’s Grace Herzog responded to that with an early three-pointer, but then the fireworks began.
Switzerland County would fire off 11 straight points to take command of the game, with Eve Galbreath scoring three straight inside baskets, followed by a bucket and a freethrow from Brooke Todd and a basket from Bre Ricketts.
Milan’s Harlie Miller managed to break the run at the close of the quarter, but after one, Switzerland County held a 15-5 lead.
Eve Galbreath opened the second period with a freethrow, but Harlie Miller followed that with a basket. Brooke Todd then scored, but again Harlie Miller answered, this time connecting on a three-pointer that sliced the lead to eight. Moments later, Milan’s Becky Hoffrogge scored, and the lead was down to 18-12 with six minutes until halftime.
Again it was time for a Lady Pacer offensive explosion, and the run began with a pair of freethrows by Eve Galbreath, followed by baskets from Bre Ricketts and Kelsi Konkle. Eve Galbreath scored inside again; and when Brooke Todd raced through the middle for a bucket, the score stood at 28-12.
Kaitlin Stabile stopped that run with a three-pointer for the Lady Indians; but Brooke Todd came right back with a basket and a freethrow, keeping the lead at 16.
Kaitlin Stabile made a pair of freethrows; but Switzerland County got two freethrows from Brooke Todd and a pair of charities from Bre Ricketts; and when Brooke Todd’s jumper found the range at the buzzer, the squads went to halftime with Switzerland County in front by a score of 37-17.
The third quarter started much like the first half ended, with the Lady Pacers on an offensive run.
Kelsi Konkle opened the half with a bucket, and Brooke Todd was fouled attempting a shot. She converted the first freethrow, and when the second attempt bounced free, Eve Galbreath snatched the rebound, and was fouled on the put back. She converted both freethrows, and the lead was 25.
After Grace Herzog made two freethrows for Milan, Eve Galbreath went back to work inside, converting a hard-fought bucket as the Lady Indian defense continued its aggressive play.
A Becky Hoffrogge basket was again matched by Eve Galbreath; and Grace Herzog converted a pair of freethrows and Kristina Marksberry hit a jumper to keep Milan within 21 points.
Erika Coy then scored on a short jumper in the lane for Switzerland County; and after Grace Herzog again made two freethrows, Bre Ricketts raced down the baseline for a jumper. Harlie Miller made a freethrow, and the third stanza ended when Bre Ricketts scored again to make the score 52-28 in favor of Switzerland County.
The fourth quarter kicked off with Hailee Lay drilling a three-pointer and followed that with a jumper; and after Grace Herzog scored for Milan, Bre Ricketts converted on an outstanding assist from Makenzie Mathews.
Kaylynn Money hit a freethrow, but Erika Coy again got free for another basket.
That was the start of Switzerland County’s final run of the night, and the end of any faint hopes that Milan had.
Bre Ricketts converted a freethrow and then scored inside; Eve Galbreath scored; Bre Ricketts scored again; and Eve Galbreath made a pair of freethrows.
Coach Ashley Kitts then cleared her bench with the lead 70-31; and things kept rolling as Makenzie Mathews scored before she exited.
Jessica Berger made a freethrow to close out all the scoring, and the final horn sounded, ending Milan’s misery and sending Switzerland County to its second straight victory, 72-32.
Eve Galbreath led all scorers with 23 points; while Bre Ricketts finished in double figures with 17 points. Brooke Todd made it three Lady Pacers in double figures, as she finished with 15.
Hailee Lay had seven points; Kelsi Konkle and Erika Coy each had four; and Makenzie Mathews had two.
Milan was led by Grace Herzog with 11.
Things weren’t much better for Milan in the junior varsity game, as Switzerland County demolished the Lady Indians by a score of 39-3.
You read that correctly: 39-3.
McKayli Scudder lead Switzerland County with 10 points; while Hope Tankersley and Whitley Schirmer each had eight points and Baylie Scudder added seven.
Bre Braun and Courtney Pedraza each contributed three points to the win.