Schirmer, Thomas lead Lady Pacers to win


The Switzerland County Lady Pacers snapped a five game losing streak on Saturday afternoon with a convincing 73-58 victory over South Decatur.

The point total was Switzerland County’s biggest outbreak of the year; and the most points that they had scored since posting 65 in a victory over Southwestern on December 17th.

On Saturday, the Lady Pacers rode their senior leader and their freshman phenom to the big win; as Whitley Schirmer and Aleiah Thomas each finished with 18 points in the game.

Switzerland County wasted no time getting started, outscoring the Lady Cougars 16-7 in the first eight minutes of play.

Thomas had the hot hand early, scoring six points in the opener, while Schirmer and Taylar Jordan had four points each and Hope Tankersley had a basket.

The second quarter was high scoring on both sides, with the Lady Pacers adding 18 more to their total while South Decatur had a 17-point period.

Schirmer took over in the second, scoring seven points on two field goals and a three-pointer; while Tankersley had two baskets for four points; and Thomas had a basket and a freethrow. Rylee Hankins had a pair of freethrows in the quarter; and Lexi Lay added a basket.

At the half, the Lady Pacers headed to the lockerroom with a 10-point lead, 34-24.

The offensive display continued in the third quarter, as the Lady Pacers would post another 15 points while South Decatur added 13 more.

Thomas had six points in the period to lead Switzerland County; with Kinsley Griffith contributing three points; Schirmer and Hankins had two each; and Caitlynn Morris and Jody Breeck each chipped in a field goal.

If the fans in attendance loved the fast-paced style of the first three quarters; the final stanza was a fan’s dream, as Switzerland County scored 24 points in the final eight minutes and South Decatur accounted for 21.

Tankersley was on fire for the Lady Pacers, as the senior, who’s been battling injuries all season, had seven points on three field goals and a freethrow; while Schirmer had a basket and three freethrows for five points. Jordan had four points in the period; Thomas had three more; and Hankins also contributed three points. Lay added two freethrows to the total, as the Lady Pacers snapped their losing skid with a convincing15-point win, 73-58.

Along with Schirmer and Thomas, Tankersley was in double figures with 13 points; Jordan had eight; Hankins had seven; Lay had four; Griffith three; and Morris and Breeck had one each.

Stacy Fox led South Decatur with 23 points; while Taylor Best had 15 and Mackenzie Kopplin had 12.