Rylee Hankins scores 15, Lady Pacers fall to Milan

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer basketball team hit the road on Tuesday night, traveling to Milan to take on their traditional rival.

The Lady Indians used a big first quarter to take an early lead, and then held on for the 49-38 win over the Lady Pacers.

Switzerland County managed just five points in the first quarter, with Whitley Schirmer and Rylee Hankins each connecting on a basket and Jody Breeck connected on a freethrow.

Milan had 11 points in the opening period, with five different team members scoring.

The second quarter was more balanced, but Milan still carried the eight minute period by a 14-12 count to take a 25-17 lead into the halftime break.

Hankins led the way for the Lady Pacers in the quarter, scoring six points; while Schirmer had four more and Aleiah Thomas also had a basket.

Alexa Burton had the hot hand for Milan, scoring five points, including a three-pointer; and Taylor Amberger connected on her second three-pointer of the half.

Down by eight, Coach Ashley Kitts’ squad – still playing without injured senior Hope Tankersley and also without the services of freshman McKenli Scudder, who is battling a sprained ankle – started to battle back into the game, winning the third period by a 10-9 count to cut slightly into the deficit.

Much of the Switzerland County damage in the quarter was done at the freethrow line, as six of the team’s points – two freethrows each by Schirmer, Mallory Phagan, and Lexi Lay – accounted for much of the scoring. Phagan also had a bucket in the stanza, and did Hankins.

The final quarter was a freethrow-fest, as Milan would go to the line 16 times in the period, converting nine of them on their way to scoring a total of 15 points in the final eight minutes.

Switzerland shot eight freethrows in the quarter, making five of them – including two Schirmer freethrows resulting from a technical foul. She also had a basket in the span; while Hankins continued her outstanding play with five more points in the quarter. Taylar Jordan and Thomas each had a freethrow.

Burton alone had seven points from the freethrow line in the fourth quarter.

The final horn sounded with Milan in front by 11, 49-38.

Hankins led the way with 15 points in the contest; while Schirmer was also in double figures with 12. Phagan had four points; Thomas had three; Lay had two; and Jordan and Breeck had one each.

Burton led all scorers with 17; while Maddy Roell was in double figures with 11.