12/19/2013 3:00:00 PM Lady Pacers pick up road win at South Ripley, 46-22
It was a cold, dark drive from Vevay to Versailles for the Switzerland County Lady Pacers on Tuesday night as they traveled to take on South Ripley.
After 32 minutes of play, the Lady Pacers returned home happy, with a 46-22 victory over the Lady Raiders.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.
Both teams struggled offensively during the game, but Switzerland County put together enough runs to steadily pull away from the overmatched hosts.
The first quarter started with Kelsi Konkle hitting a three-pointer, and when Eve Galbreath converted inside moments later, Switzerland County pulled out to a five point lead.
Emily Cumberworth got South Ripley on the board with a short jumper; but again the Lady Pacers poured it inside to Eve Galbreath, who scored again to extend the lead back to five.
Erin Gloyd made a freethrow, but Mercedes Parham hit a jumper to keep the lead. After Samantha Wilhoit hit a freethrow, Eve Galbreath scored again on a tremendous assist from Mercedes Parham that made the score 11-4 with 2:41 to go in the quarter.
That was the start of an offensive deep freeze for Switzerland County, who would go over 10 minutes without a field goal.
Fortunately, South Ripley couldn't score, either.
The first quarter ended with the Lady Pacers holding that 11-4 lead; and it would be freethrows and a strong defense that would carry Switzerland County through the second quarter.
Brooke Todd converted two freethrows with 6:14 to go in the half; Eve Galbreath made a freethrow at the 4:32 mark and another at the 2:29 mark.
South Ripley got its only points of the quarter when Elizabeth Bodenberg made a layup with 6:03 to go.
That would be it until Brooke Todd raced down the lane and made a layup with just 38-seconds to play, and at the half Switzerland County was still holding a 17-6 advantage.
The third quarter was the biggest offensive outburst for both squads, as Switzerland County scored 13 points in the period while South Ripley scored 14 points to more than double their entire point total.
Erin Gloyd opened the quarter with a basket for the Lady Raiders, and Eve Galbreath powered her way to the rim for another bucket. Emily Cumberworth hit a jumper for South Ripley; and Bre Ricketts grabbed a rebound and scored on the put back. Erika Coy then hit a short jumper, and the lead was 23-10.
South Ripley then got a three-point basket from Samantha Wilhoit to cut the lead down to 10, but the Lady Pacers rebounded with a jumper from Makenzie Mathews and a three-pointer from Brooke Todd to push the lead to 15, 28-13.
After Hayley Schwarte made a freethrow to stop that run, the quarter ended with Brooke Todd making her way through the lane for a basket, giving Switzerland County a 30-14 advantage with a quarter to go.
Emily Cumberworth opened the final stanza with a pair of freethrows for South Ripley; but Eve Galbreath converted a traditional three-point play to keep the Lady Raiders at bay.
Emily Cumberworth hit a jump shot, but Eve Galbreath scored again on another assist from Kelsi Konkle. Brooke Todd scored again moments later, and suddenly the score was 37-18 with just over three minutes to go.
Emily Cumberworth made a freethrow and Hannah Schwarte followed that with a three-pointer that drew South Ripley to within 15 with 2:34 to go, but those would be the final points of the game for the Lady Raiders.
Switzerland County would end the game on a run of nine straight points; getting baskets from Bre Ricketts, Bre Braun, Baylie Scudder, and a three-point play by Mercedes Parham closed the game with the Lady Pacers in front, 46-22.
Eve Galbreath led the Lady Pacers in scoring with 15 points; while Brooke Todd was also in double figures, finishing with 11.
Mercedes Parham had five points; Bre Ricketts had four; Kelsi Konkle had three; and Makenzie Mathews, Erika Coy, Baylie Scudder, and Bre Braun all contributed two points each.
South Ripley was led by Emily Cumberworth with nine points.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated South Ripley by a score of 30-9.
Whitley Schirmer was the game's leading scorer with 10 points; while McKayli Scudder had six points and Bre Braun finished with five.
Baylie Scudder had four points; Mallory Phagan and Taylar Jordan contributed two points each; and Hope Tankersley chipped in one.
The Lady Pacers will close the calendar year this Saturday when they travel to North Decatur for an afternoon contest.