Lady Pacers suffer frigid first quarter, fall to Shawe Memorial
The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team dropped a Saturday night contest against Shawe Memorial by a final score of 52-38.
The Lady Pacers were doomed by a slow start on Saturday night, as the Lady Hilltoppers jumped out to an 11-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
Bri Stow had a basket in the opening quarter, while Courtney Higgins provided a freethrow.
The second quarter was more closely played as Switzerland County managed seven points in the second while Shawe Memorial had another nine to take a 20-10 lead into the halftime break.
In the second, Higgins had four more points on a pair of freethrows and a field goal; while Macy Collier had a basket and Stow chipped in a freethrow.
Down by 10 heading into the second half, the Lady Pacers accounted for 10 points in the third quarter to double their offensive output; while the Lady Hilltoppers kept their offense rolling, scoring 14 points in the third.
Halle Archer had a field goal and a three-pointer for five points in the period; while Higgins had three more on a field goal and a freethrow and Stow added another freethrow.
Shawe Memorial got a big third quarter from freshman Audrey Barron, who had 11 points in the stanza on four field goals and a three-pointer of the 14 points that the visitors had.
With eight minutes to play, the Lady Hilltoppers held a 34-20 advantage.
The final quarter saw the largest offensive outburst, as Coach Brooke Todd’s Lady Pacers scored 19 points; but Shawe Memorial had 18 points in the period, so Switzerland County couldn’t make up enough of the deficit to get back in the game.
In the fourth, Stow had two three-pointers and a pair of freethrows to lead the way; while Higgins had six points on two field goals and two freethrows.
Molly Wrightsman had a three-pointer in the fourth; while Claire Rogers contributed a basket.
The Lady Hilltoppers were led in the fourth by Allison Knoebel, who had eight points on four field goals.
The final horn sounded with Shawe Memorial in front by a margin of 14 points, 52-38.
Higgins was the leading scorer for Switzerland County, finishing with 14 points; and she also contributed five assists.
Stow was in double figures with 12 points; Archer had five points and four rebounds; Wrightsman had three points; while Collier and Rogers each had two points.
Barron led Shawe Memorial with 19 points; while Knoebel finished with 13.
Because Shawe Memorial does not have enough players to field a junior varsity team, the Switzerland County Lady Pacer jayvee played Franklin County’s junior varsity on Saturday night.
Franklin County won the game by a final score of 38-35.
Addie Kelso led Switzerland County with eight points; while Isabella Breeck and Allena Weaver each had six.
Molly Wrightsman, Lauren Smith, and Ashlyn Covington each had four points; and Carlee Boggs finished with three.