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12/26/2013 3:00:00 PM
Lady Pacers close December with loss to North Decatur

The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team closed 2013 on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Greensburg to take on North Decatur.

The Lady Pacers battled the Lady Chargers throughout the contest, but Switzerland County sputtered offensively in the fourth quarter, being outscored 15-2, and fell by a final score of 54-31.

The first quarter was a close one, with North Decatur taking a 14-9 lead at the first break. Switzerland County got an offensive spark from Kelsi Konkle, who had a three-pointer and a two-pointer in the quarter for five points. Eve Galbreath battled inside for four points in the period; while North Decatur center Anna Wallpe got off to a big start, scoring 12 points on her own.

The second quarter was evenly played, with North Decatur scoring eight points in the quarter, while the Lady Pacers accounted for seven points.

Brooke Todd drilled a three-pointer in the quarter, while Bre Ricketts and Makenzie Mathews each had a bucket. Switzerland County was able to slow down Anna Wallpe in the second quarter, as she scored just a basket; but it was enough for the Lady Chargers to carry a 22-16 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the break, the third quarter was a big one offensively for both teams.

Switzerland County nearly doubled its scoring total, getting 13 points in the period. Eve Galbreath fueled the offensive outbreak, as she worked hard inside to account for eight points.

Hailee Lay hit a three-pointer in the quarter as Switzerland County worked to get perimeter shots to soften the inside defense on Eve Galbreath; and Makenzie Mathews also had a bucket.

Anna Wallpe went back to work inside for North Decatur in the third quarter, scoring six points in the period; and Mary Hughes hit a three-pointer and Ali Wallpe also had three points.

As big as Switzerland County's offensive run was, North Decatur was able to stay in front and extend the lead slightly, and with a quarter to go, the Lady Chargers led by a score of 39-29.

That's where the wheels fell off of the Lady Pacer offense, as Switzerland County would score only two points over the final eight minutes - an inside basket by Erika Coy - while North Decatur pulled away with 15 points to finish off a 54-31 win.

Eve Galbreath led Switzerland County with 12 points; while Kelsi Konkle had five points. Makenzie Mathews had four points; Brooke Todd and Hailee Lay each finished with three points; and Bre Ricketts and Erika Coy each chipped in two points.

In an unusual twist, the Lady Pacers did not attempt a single freethrow during the entire contest.

Anna Wallpe led all scorers with 22 points; and Mary Hughes was also in double figures with 12 points.

Switzerland County is now off for the remainder of the calendar year; and will return to action on Saturday night, January 4th, when South Central comes to the Lady Pacer gym. After that, Switzerland County will begin play in the Rivertown Classic on Wednesday, January 8th.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County overcame a 19-19 tie at the end of the third quarter, outscoring North Decatur 14-4 in the final stanza to claim a 33-23 win.

Whitley Schirmer led the Lady Pacers with 13 points in the game; while Taylar Jordan had six points.

Baylie Scudder and Hope Tankersley each finished with five points; while Mallory Phagan and Courtney Pedraza each contributed two points.





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