Maddie Duvall’s five three-pointers lead the way, but Lady Pacers fall, 54-48
A cold third quarter spelled doom for the Switzerland County Lady Pacers in the second round of last week’s “Rumble on the River” tournament held at Southwestern, and this time it was the host Lady Rebels who took advantage of the cold stanza to earn a 54-48 victory.
It was the second loss of the day for Switzerland County, and dropped the Lady Pacers into last place in their pool and sent them into Saturday with a fifth place game against Connersville.
In the Southwestern game, again Switzerland County kicked off the contest cool offensively, scoring just eight points while Southwestern managed 11 to grab an early lead.
Maddie Duvall flexed her outside shooting prowess in the opening period, connecting on two three-pointers; while Jaden Harrell provided the other two points with freethrows.
Lady Rebel Ellie Foley was hot early for Southwestern, scoring eight points on two three-pointers and two freethrows.
Down by three heading into the second, Switzerland County began to find its stride, scoring 13 points in the eight minute run while holding Southwestern to just nine, which flipped the script and gave the Lady Pacers a one point halftime lead, 21-20.
Balance on the offensive end paid dividends for Switzerland County, as four different team members scored in the second. Aleiah Thomas, held scoreless in the first, had two baskets for four points in the second; while Maddie Duvall connected on her third three-pointer; Kyah Chase had three points on a field goal and a freethrow; and Harrell added three more on a bucket and a charity.
Up by one coming out of the break, Switzerland County went cold in the third, scoring just nine points while Southwestern reeled off 19.
Thomas had six of Switzerland County’s nine on a three-pointer and three freethrows; while Maddie Duvall continued to be on fire from behind the arc, drilling her fourth trey of the game.
Southwestern saw Foley again take charge offensively, scoring seven points — five of those from the freethrow line; while Bella Marcum and Ashton Goode each had four points.
With a quarter to play, Switzerland County found itself in a hole, 39-30.
Again the Lady Pacers chose the final quarter to post their best offensive output — but again it was too little, too late; as Switzerland County could only manage to outscore their opponent 18-15, not enough to overcome the deficit from the previous quarter.
In the fourth, Thomas and Maddie Duvall each had five points — both connecting on a three-pointer and a field goal; and Chase also wrapped an outstanding game with five points, scoring a field goal and adding three freethrows. Jessie Duvall had a three-pointer in the final quarter to complete the scoring.
Maddie Duvall, on the strength of five three-pointers, led Switzerland County with 17 points; while Thomas was right behind with 15. Chase finished with eight points; Harrell had five, all in the first half; and Jessie Duvall contributed three.
The outside shooting threat was apparent for Switzerland County, as the Lady Pacers had eight three-pointers in the game compared to just seven two-point field goal. They were also just 10-for-19 from the freethrow line.
For Southwestern, Foley led all scorers with 23 points; while Marcum was in double figures also with 13.