Season ends with loss to Hauser

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer basketball season came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night with a 53-37 loss to Hauser in the opening round of the Lawrenceburg Class 2A Sectional tournament.

The win moves the Lady Jets into tomorrow (Friday) night’s semifinal game with Lawrenceburg, and sends the Lady Pacers home with a final record of 8-13.

“We just never seemed to get comfortable,” Coach Wayne Ellegood said after the game. “We knew what they were going to do, but we just didn’t get things done. You have to give Hauser credit, they played well.”

Switzerland County never seemed to find its footing in the game, falling behind 13-3 after one period before coming back with a solid second quarter to trail by just eight, 24-16 at the half.

Switzerland County used a full court and half court pressure defense to try and gain an advantage over the taller Lady Jets, but Hauser turned those opportunities into easy inside baskets, and when the Lady Pacers got solid defense inside, Hauser made some big three-pointers from the perimeter.

“We thought our press would be more effective than it was,” Coach Ellegood said. “Their defense was pretty tough, and that caused us to get a little impatient at times.”

Through the disappointment of the loss, the longtime Lady Pacer mentor still took time to put the season into perspective.

“We’ve got seven seniors and we’re going to miss them a lot,” Wayne Ellegood said as his troops filed out of the lockerroom. “We wanted it to end better than this, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.”

Hauser outscored Switzerland County 29-21 over the game’s second half, and the Lady Pacers could never get closer than nine points.

Tanya Sefton hit a three-pointer at the buzzer – a fitting end to her high school basketball career – and the Lady Pacers headed home on the short end of a 53-37 loss.

No one had an outstanding offensive night for Switzerland County, as the Lady Pacers were led by Tanya Sefton, Amber Smith, and Courtney Cole – all of whom finished with eight points.

Megan McCarty had five points; and Jenna Daugherty, Maggie Armstrong, Kristen Perry, and April Thieman had two points each.

The other half of Friday night’s semifinals will pit the winners of yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) games: with Milan scheduled to play North Decatur and South Ripley set to take on Southwestern.