Lady Pacers retain ‘Ruler of the River’ trophy with 49-33 win over Rising Sun

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team picked up an important conference win on Monday night with a 49-33 victory over Rising Sun.

The game was played on Monday night after being snowed out last Tuesday; and not only did the victory give Switzerland County its second conference win of the season; but it also kept the “Ruler of the River” traveling trophy with the Pacers.

The trophy is awarded to the winner of each girls and boys varsity basketball game played between Switzerland County and Rising Sun.

In Monday’s game, Switzerland County started fast, jumping out to a 16-3 lead by the end of the first period – and advantage that would hold up through the remainder of the game.

Rising Sun battled back in the second period, outscoring their guests 15-8, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first half point spread, and the Lady Pacers went to the lockerroom holding a 24-18 advantage.

Switzerland County had a good first half shooting the ball, going 12-for-30 (40-percent); and the Lady Pacers also controlled the rebounding throughout the first half of the contest.

The third period was very evenly played, with both teams trying to make offensive runs; only to be shut down by the other squad. Switzerland County outscored the Lady Shiners in the period by a 10-9 count; and took a seven-point lead into the final stanza.

In the final eight minutes the Lady Pacer offense kicked into gear once again, outscoring Rising Sun 15-6 to pull away for the victory, 49-33.

A big key for Switzerland County in the contest was cutting down on turnovers, as the Lady Pacers committed only 15 in Monday’s game after suffering through 37 miscues on Saturday afternoon at South Ripley.

The Lady Pacers were consistent in their shooting in the second half, going 9-for-25 (36-percent); which led to an overall game total of 21-for-55 (38 percent). Switzerland County did not make a three-point field goal in the game, and was 7-for-13 (54-percent) from the freethrow line.

Rising Sun shot a bit better from the field for the game – 39-percent – but the Lady Shiners attempted nearly 20 fewer shots that Switzerland County, going 14-for-36. Rising Sun did have three three-pointers in the game, two by Kendra Hudson and one by Teryn Elder; but attempted only four freethrows (making two) as the Lady Pacer defense was stellar.

The pressure of the Switzerland County defense also forced Rising Sun into errors, as the Lady Shiners committed 27 turnovers in the contest. Switzerland County won the rebounding war by a 33-29 margin.

Individually, the balanced Switzerland County scoring attack was led by Maggie Armstrong with 15 points, and she also contributed eight assists and nine steals.

Kristen Perry finished in double figures with 11 points, and also added seven rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots.

Lindsay Scott finished with eight points and three rebounds; Bre Hinman had eight points, three rebounds, and four steals; and Jenna Daugherty contributed five points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Carrie Truax added two points and seven rebounds to the victory.

Kayla Ferriera led Rising Sun with 14 points; while Teryn Elder finished with nine.

The Lady Pacers hit the court again tonight (Thursday) for another conference game – this one against Madison Shawe. The game is Senior Night, with seniors Jenna Daugherty and Katie Rayls being honored prior to the start of the contest. The junior varsity game gets underway at 6 p.m.

Switzerland County will also play its makeup conference game at home against Southwestern this Saturday, February 7th, in an afternoon tilt.

The junior varsity game will get underway at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the varsity to follow.

That game will conclude the regular season for Switzerland County; and the Lady Pacers will then move into tournament play; where they will take on that same Southwestern team in the second game this Wednesday night, February 10th, in the Milan Class 2A Sectional.

Season tickets for the Sectional will be available for purchase tonight (Thursday) and again on Saturday afternoon; as well as at Saturday night’s boys home game against Oldenburg Academy.

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In the junior varsity game Monday night, Switzerland County defeated Rising Sun by a score of 35-20.

Trisha Smith led Switzerland County with 10 points, and she also added six rebounds; while Hayley South had nine points and seven rebounds.

Kelly Kincaid had six points, five rebounds, and five steals in the game; while Allie Mathews had six points and four steals. Karoline Park added two points and two rebounds; and Alexis Carfield chipped in two points, two rebounds, two assists, and three steals.