It took overtime, but the Switzerland County Lady Pacers opened the 2014 portion of their schedule on Saturday night with a 55-53 victory over South Central.
Sophomore Brooke Todd did the overtime damage in leading Switzerland County to the win, scoring seven of the Lady Pacers’ nine overtime points – all coming from the freethrow line. She finished with a team-high 19 points.
The Lady Pacers were also playing without senior Bre Ricketts, who injured her ankle in the team’s last game. She was expected to be cleared for the opening round of the Rivertown Classic.
The game got off to a slow start, with South Central holding a 6-4 lead after one quarter. Switzerland County got a three-pointer from Brooke Todd and a freethrow by Eve Galbreath to account for their points; while Sabra Walker led the Lady Rebels with five points in the opening period.
As low scoring as the opening period was; the second quarter was explosive, with each team scoring 17 points over the eight minutes stanza.
Switzerland County got a big quarter from Makenzie Mathews, who had a basket, a three-pointer, and a pair of freethrows to account for seven points. Kelsi Konkle had a three-pointer in the period; and Brook Todd had three points on a bucket and a freethrow.
Eve Galbreath contributed a basket, and Erika Coy converted a pair of freethrows.
South Central’s second quarter charge was led by Kelsey Miller, who had two three-pointers and four freethrows in the period for 10 points. Maddie O’Connor also contributed a pair of three-pointers in the stanza; and the two teams went to the halftime break with South Central holding a 23-21 edge.
The third quarter saw South Central extend its lead a bit, outscoring Switzerland County by a 15-12 count to take a 38-33 lead with a period to play.
The Lady Pacers got an offensive spark in the period from Kelsi Konkle, who had six points in the quarter. The sophomore converted her second three-pointer of the game to go along with a field goal and a freethrow.
Brooke Todd, Hailee Lay, and Makenzie Mathews each had a bucket in the quarter.
South Central was led by a trio of players, as Maddie O’Connor, Kelsey Miller, and Sabra Walker each accounted for five points, with each making a three-pointer and a field goal.
Switzerland County made a charge in the fourth quarter, outscoring South Central 13-8. The Lady Pacer comeback resulted in the game being tied at 46-46 with 36-seconds to go.
Junior Eve Galbreath got the offense running in the fourth quarter, scoring seven points on three inside baskets and a freethrow; and Brooke Todd had four points. Kelsi Konkle had a pair of freethrows to finish off the scoring.
Regulation ended with the squads tied at 46-46, and a four minute overtime period was needed to settle the score.
That’s when Brooke Todd took over from the freethrow line, including a couple of pressure-packed charities with the game tied at 50-50 with 39-seconds left. She then made three-of-four attempts down the stretch, and Switzerland County escaped with a 55-53 win.
Brooke Todd led a trio of Lady Pacers in double figures with 19 points; while Eve Galbreath rode a big fourth quarter to finish with 12 points. Kelsi Konkle’s outstanding effort saw her finish with 11 points.
Makenzie Mathews was right behind with nine points on the night; while Hailee Lay and Erika Coy each contributed two points.
As a team, Switzerland County made 12 field goals; four three-pointers, and was an impressive 19-for-24 from the freethrow line.
Kelsey Miller led all scorers with 20 points for South Central; while Maddie O’Connor had 14 points and Sabra Walker had 12 points.
The Lady Rebels had 10 two-point field goals in the night; and converted eight three-pointers. They were 9-for-14 from the freethrow line.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated South Central by a score of 43-18.
Whitley Schirmer led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points; with Taylar Jordan adding nine points. Hope Tankersley and Mallory Phagan each had six points; Courtney Pedraza and Baylie Scudder each contributed four points; and Bre Braun and McKayli Scudder each had two points.
All eight Lady Pacers scored in the game.