The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team opened its 2016-2017 season on Saturday night; and after a hot start, a late comeback by the visiting Lawrenceburg resulted in a 49-44 win for the Lady Tigers.
Switzerland County got off to a quick start in the game, jumping out to an early lead that forced Lawrenceburg to call a timeout at the midway point of the quarter; and after the Lady Tigers steadied themselves, the first quarter ended with the Lady Pacers in front, 13-8.
Senior Whitley Schirmer led the way for Switzerland County, scoring five points in the opening stanza, including a three-pointer. Sophomore Rylee Hankins, making her first varsity start, had four points in the first quarter; and seniors Taylar Jordan and Hope Tankersley each had a basket.
The second quarter saw Switzerland County extend its lead a bit, outscoring their guests by a 12-10 count to take a 25-18 lead into the halftime break.
But even though they were holding a seven point lead, it was some opportunities that were missed in the second quarter that could have resulted in an even larger advantage – as the Lady Pacers were just 1-for-7 from the freethrow line in the period.
Schirmer continued her outstanding play, accounting for six more points in the quarter, including her second three-pointer. Hankins also kept up her steady play with another four points; while freshman Aleiah Thomas had the first two points of her career.
Lawrenceburg made its big run coming out of the halftime break, outscoring Switzerland County 17-8 in the third quarter to grab a 35-33 lead after three stanzas.
Switzerland County did steady itself at the freethrow line, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the stripe; with Schirmer and Mallory Phagan each connecting on two apiece; while Schirmer also had a bucket and freshman McKenli Scudder also added two points.
Down by two heading into the final eight minutes, Switzerland County continued to battle, but the Lady Pacers couldn’t make a big enough run to overtake Lawrenceburg, as the Lady Tigers won the period by a 14-11 count and the game by a final score of 49-33.
Phagan led the way in the final period with five points; while Tankersley added three points; Hankins had two more; and Schirmer chipped in a freethrow.
Schirmer led Switzerland County with 16 points on the night, and she also had six rebounds, one assist, and one blocked shot. Hankins was also in double figures, finishing with 10 points and added 14 rebounds to record a double-double.
Phagan had seven points; Tankersley had five; and the trio of Jordan, Scudder, and Thomas each added two.
The Lady Pacers had 14 field goals; two three-point field goals; and overcame the second quarter woes to go 10-for-19 from the freethrow line.
Lawrenceburg rode offensive balance to the win, with no Lady Tiger scoring in double figures, but nine different players scored in the game.
MaKenna White led Lawrenceburg with nine points; while Josie Denton and Juliana Kemper had seven each; and Baylee Blackburn and Jenna Farmer each finished with six.
The opening loss gets Switzerland County ready for a doubleheader this weekend, as Madison comes to Vevay on Friday night and South Dearborn visits on Saturday. The Lady Pacers then wrap up a season-opening four game homestand on Friday, November 18th, when Rising Sun comes for a non-conference battle.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County lost a heartbreaker to Lawrenceburg by a score of 44-42.
Emma Sullivan led the Lady Pacers with eight points; while Aleiah Thomas and Lexi Lay each added seven. Maggie Clayton and Kinsley Griffith each had six points; while Jaelyn Hemingway, McKenli Scudder, and Jody Breeck each had two; and Kaitlyn Yeary and Rylee Hankins each had one point.