Switzerland County powered its way to a 24-12 halftime lead and then dusted off the Lady Mustangs 35-16 in the second half en route to a a 59-28 win Saturday in New Washington.
The Pacers out-shot the Mustangs 44 percent to 27 percent, out-rebounded their hosts 36-27 and held a 16-8 advantage in steals.
That was more than enough to offset a game-high 17 points by New Washington’s Jillian Charlet as only four Mustangs scored and no other player had more than seven.
Playing a third straight game without junior standout Ashley Chase — who has been resting a bruised knee — the Pacers got 15 points from senior Jaclyn Ranz, nine from Kodi Driver, and eight each from seniors Brittany Cole and Holly Jackson, and Natalie Daugherty, who has been starting in place of the injured Ashley Chase.
“We got off to a slow start, but we had a really nice second half,” said Pacers head coach Wayne Ellegood. “We’ve been getting great team effort with kids stepping up and playing hard with Ashley Chase out.”
Also scoring for the Pacers were Ashley Bright with six, Tanya Sefton with three, and Courtney Cole with two.