11/21/2013 3:00:00 PM Lady Pacers show balanced scoring,
but fall short at South Dearborn, 62-41
The Switzerland County Lady Pacers got balanced scoring on Saturday night against South Dearborn - with seven different players notching the scoring column - but no one could break out for a big offensive game, and the Lady Pacers fell for the third straight time to open the year, 62-41.
Switzerland County looked good from the opening tip, scoring the first five points of the contest on a freethrow from Bre Ricketts and baskets by Eve Galbreath and Makenzie Mathews. Kooper Vertz got South Dearborn into the scoring column, but that was matched by another basket by Eve Galbreath, and Switzerland County led 7-2.
South Dearborn then made an early run, getting a basket and a three-point play from Emily Townsend and a bucket from Kooper Vertz to jump in front 9-7, but a pair of freethrows by Switzerland County's Brooke Todd knotted the game with 1:24 to play in the opening stanza.
Morgan Wolfer scored for South Dearborn, but that was matched by a runner from Brooke Todd; and the Lady Knights then closed the period with a basket and a freethrow from Natalie Townsend to take a 14-11 lead at the first break.
Coach Ashley Kitts' Lady Pacers again stormed out of the gate, opening the second period with a run of four straight points to again grab the lead. Eve Galbreath had a pair of freethrows during the run, and Bre Ricketts hit a jumper.
Again South Dearborn countered, getting a three-point play from Emily Townsend and a basket by Natalie Townsend to move back in front 19-15. Switzerland County then got a freethrow from Hailee Lay to climb back within three; but Kooper Vertz drilled a three-pointer and Natalie Townsend followed that with a traditional three-point play that suddenly gave the Lady Knights a nine-point lead, 25-16.
A bucket by Hailee Lay in the closing seconds saw the half end with South Dearborn leading by a score of 25-18.
The game stayed close in the third quarter, with Ellen Barrett scoring inside to extend the Lady Knight lead, and after Eve Galbreath made a freethrow, South Dearborn's Delany Murphy connected to push the lead to 10. Bre Ricketts made a pair of freethrows to again put the deficit in single digits, but Delany Murphy hit a three-pointer and again recharged South Dearborn.
Fighting hard, the Lady Pacers got a basket by Makenzie Mathews, and after South Dearborn's Kooper Vertz scored, Makenzie Mathews scored again to narrow the lead back to nine. South Dearborn then went on a mini-run, scoring five straight points on freethrows by Natalie Townsend and a basket by Morgan Wolfer.
Eve Galbreath got free inside for a bucket to stop that run; but Morgan Wolfer came right back with a bucket. Brooke Todd scored on a runner in the lane, but Kooper Vertz followed that with two straight baskets; and after Brooke Todd scored again as the clock wound down, the third quarter ended with the Lady Knights in front by a 45-31 score.
Brooke Todd opened the final stanza with a freethrow, but South Dearborn would then go on another run, getting 10 straight points on a freethrow from Kooper Vertz, a basket by Emily Townsend, a three-pointer by Ellen Barrett, a pair of freethrows by Natalie Townsend, and a basket by Delany Murphy. That run pushed the lead to 23, 55-32, with just under three minutes to play.
It proved to be a deficit that the Lady Pacers didn't have time to overcome.
Mercedes Parham connected on a three-pointer for the Lady Pacers; and Hailee Lay connected on a freethrow, but that was followed by a bucket from Ellen Barrett, and Erika Coy then made a freethrow; but that was trumped by a pair of charities from Emily Townsend. Hailee Lay again converted a freethrow, and after South Dearborn got a freethrow and a basket, the scoring closed with Erika Coy converting a three-point play at the buzzer, and South Dearborn emerged with a 62-41 win.
Eve Galbreath and Brooke Todd led Switzerland County with nine points each; while Makenzie Mathews finished with six. Bre Ricketts and Hailee Lay added five points each; Erika Coy had four; and Mercedes Parham had three.
The freethrow line let the Lady Pacers down in the game, as the squad managed just 14-for-26 at the line in the game.
South Dearborn was led by Natalie Townsend with 15 points; Emily Townsend had 12 points; and Kooper Vertz made it three Lady Knights in double figures, adding 10 points.
Switzerland County now has a week to regroup, as the Lady Pacers head to Rising Sun to take on the Lady Shiners tomorrow (Friday) night; and then finally get to return home on Tuesday, December 3rd, when Milan comes to town.
Whitley Schirmer had a game-high 11 points to lead the Switzerland County junior varsity team to a 29-23 win over South Dearborn.
McKayli Scudder had seven points in the contest; Taylar Jordan had six points; Bre Braun each finished with three points; and Baylie Scudder added two.