Led by freshman Aleiah Thomas, the Switzerland County Lady Pacers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on Saturday night, rolling to a 48-24 win over South Dearborn.
Switzerland County opened up a 9-4 lead after the first quarter, with Mallory Phagan, Rylee Hankins, and Whitley Schirmer each contributing baskets and Thomas chipped in a three-pointer.
South Dearborn got its points on a freethrow by Brooke Huddleston and a three-pointer by Danielle Clark.
The Lady Pacers made their first big run early in the second period, with Thomas, Hankins, McKenli Scudder and Phagan igniting a run of 11-3 to take command; and after South Dearborn made a freethrow, Switzerland County got six more points on two straight three-pointers from Thomas to close the half with the Lady Pacers in front, 26-10.
Phagan and McKenli Scudder also had three-pointers in the second quarter.
The run continued as the second half got underway, with the Lady Pacers outscoring South Dearborn 13-4 over the eight minute run; including opening the third quarter on a run of 10-2 to remain in control.
Balance was the key in the period, with Thomas adding six points, Taylar Jordan had a three-pointer; Schirmer had two points and Scudder added a two pointer.
The third quarter ended with Switzerland County holding a 39-14 lead. The game was so dominated by the Lady Pacers, that Thomas was outscoring South Dearborn by herself, 17-14.
The final quarter started with a run of six straight points on two buckets by Scudder and a jumper by Schirmer; and later in the stanza Jordan had another three-pointer to provide the final margin.
Final score: Switzerland County 48, South Dearborn 24.
Thomas led the way with 17 points before she exited early in the fourth quarter; while Scudder had nine.
The trio of Jordan, Schirmer, and Phagan each had six points; and Hankins added four.
Katie Cutter and Riley Ampt led South Dearborn with four points each.
The junior varsity game was a back and forth affair, with the Lady Pacers and the Lady Knights needing an overtime period to settle things.
In overtime, Switzerland County earned the victory, 43-42.
Lexi Lay was the leading scorer for the Lady Pacers with 11 points; while Jaelyn Hemingway had seven and Emma Sullivan and McKenli Scudder each had six.
Aleiah Thomas had five points; Maggie Clayton finished with four points; and Jody Breeck and Kinsley Griffith each contributed two points.