Rylee Hankins scores 15, Lady Pacers fall to Milan


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.