Pressure defense, balanced offense leads Lady Pacers to 50-point blowout of Milan

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It was over quickly Tuesday night when the Switzerland County Lady Pacers played their first home game of the season against the Milan Lady Indians; and after the dust settled, Coach Wayne Ellegood’s team fashioned a 69-19 blowout of their guests.

Switzerland County reeled off six straight points to open the game, with Bre Hinman hitting a jumper and Maggie Armstrong converting two freethrows and a basket. Milan steadied themselves with two straight buckets by Brittany Lewis to cut the lead to two with 4:16 to play, but Milan would never get closer as Switzerland County turned its pressure, full court defense into steals and easy layups. Switzerland County would score the next 10 points on two baskets and a freethrow by Maggie Armstrong; buckets by Lindsay Scott and Bre Hinman; and a freethrow by Kristen Perry.

Brittany Lewis scored again for Milan to close the opening quarter with Switzerland County out in front 16-6 – but the Lady Pacers didn’t know that they were just two baskets away from having all of the points they would need to claim the win.

Those two baskets came quickly, as Hailee Smith converted twice to open the second period and give Switzerland County a 20-6 advantage.

That would continue to grow, as Kelly Kincaid scored; then Bre Hinman; followed by Lindsay Scott and a freethrow by Hailee Smith.

With 5:16 to play in the quarter, Switzerland County had built a 27-6 lead.

Milan cut the lead to 20 on a freethrow by Elaina Voss; but Switzerland County simply dialed up the defensive pressure once again, this time converting a 12-2 run over the next two minutes into a 39-9 advantage with two minutes left.

Milan managed a pair of freethrows and a basket; but Maggie Armstrong’s jumper at the buzzer closed the second quarter with the Lady Pacers holding a 41-13 lead.

Had it been a prize fight, someone would have stopped it – but with basketball, there was still another half to play.

After exerting tremendous defensive pressure in the first half, coach Wayne Ellegood called off the press in the second half, but the man-to-man defensive pressure still forced Milan into a myriad of mistakes. Baskets by Kelly Kincaid, Kristen Perry, Maggie Armstrong, and a freethrow by Hailee Smith kept the game quite out of reach, and the third quarter ended with Switzerland County ahead by a 58-17 score.

All of the starters found a fourth quarter seat on the bench, but even the reserves showed tremendous defensive tendencies over the final eight minutes.

Milan would only score two points in the final quarter to 11 for Switzerland County; and four freethrows by Trisha Smith; three points by Casey Sharp; three more for Hailee Smith and a freethrow from Allie Mathews capped the contest.

By the final buzzer, Switzerland County had ballooned the lead to 50 points; and Milan faced a long bus ride home on the short end of a 69-19 score.

Maggie Armstrong led the Lady Pacers with 16 points in three periods of play; while Kristen Perry finished with 12 points over three quarters. Lindsay Scott and Kelly Kincaid made it four Lady Pacers in double figures, as they each finished with 10.

Hailee Smith had seven points; Bre Hinman added six; Trisha Smith contributed four; Casey Sharp had three; and Allie Mathews chipped in one.

Switzerland County now has a week off before hosting Lawrenceburg at home this Tuesday, December 8th.

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In the junior varsity contest, Switzerland County won by a score of 38-14.

Trisha Smith led all scorers with 13 points; while Hayley South had six; Becca Sittloh finished with five; and the trio of Allie Mathews, Emily White, and Ashley Watson all finished with four each. Shelby O’Neal added the final three points to the victory total.