What a difference a year can make.
Coached by Devin Scudder this year’s seventh grade girls’ basketball team, went from having 0 wins last year to having 11 wins and only one loss this year.
The team’s only loss came at the hands of the Madison Cubs (40-27) with Aleiah Thomas having 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in the game.
Going into the season everyone was unsure on how the team was going to perform. After the girls first victory against South Ripley (28-19), Josie Meyer contributed with eight points, five rebounds and two assists, along with Azalee Harsin scoring two points, off the bench.
After their first game, the Lady Pacers edged out a close victory in their first tournament game against the South Ripley Raiders (17-14) with Mckenli Scudder having 11 steals; Kora Ferguson with eight rebounds; and Aleiah Thomas with 7 rebounds.
Going into the second game they had a very tough matchup with the St. Lawrence Panthers. It was a close game going into the final minutes until the Lady Pacers went on a 10-2 run to finish out the game with a (34-25) victory.
Mckenli Scudder led the Lady Pacers with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
After suffering the loss a week later against Madison, it was a tough recovery for the Lady Pacers. They were able to pull through, sealing another win, against Southwestern (24-18); with Mckenli Scudder leading the way with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Later in the season the Lady Pacers were on a roll, winning game after game.
The next stretch of the season saw Switzerland County play rival Rising Sun in three of its next five games.
In the first match against Rising Sun the Lady Pacers were down by four at the end of the first quarter by a score of 8-4; but going into the second quarter it was all Pacers after that.
Switzerland County allowed just eight points in the last three quarters, eventually leading to the win (34-16). Mckenli Scudder had 10 points and nine steals; Aleiah Thomas had eight points and three rebounds; and Jacey Peelman had four points off the bench.
Game two versus Rising Sun saw Switzerland County win big (44-9).
The whole team contributed to the win, led by Mckenli Scudder with 12 points; Josie Meyer with eight points; Aleiah Thomas with seven points; Jacey Peelman with six points; and Mikayla Petterson with three points.
Also: Emma Sullivan had four rebounds; Taylor Lyon had three rebounds; Katlyn Yeary had two points and two rebounds; and Dakoda Roberts had two rebounds, two steals and two assists.
After the Lady Pacers blew out Rising Sun, Coach Scudder started to prep his team for its last tournament of the season.
That game was against South Dearborn, and when the game started the Lady Pacers were on fire right out of the gate. At the end of the first half, the Lady Pacers were up 23-6 with Aleiah Thomas and Kacey Hardin leading the team in points and rebounds.
By the end of the second half, it was another win for the Lady Pacers (34-11), with Aleiah Thomas having nine points and 11 rebounds; Kacey Hardin with eight points and 11 rebounds; and Kelsey McCallister providing two points, two rebounds, and one assist off the bench. Emma Sullivan had three points and 10 rebounds.
With the win over South Dearborn the Lady Pacers were one win away from their second tournament trophy of the season.
In the championship game the Lady Pacers would once again have to face arch rival Rising Sun. The third win against Rising Sun did not come easy.
The Lady Pacers were up 12 points with 3:16 left in the game by a score of 22-10, but Rising Sun went on a 10-0 run with 30-seconds left in the game. Just when it looked like the game was going into overtime, Kora Ferguson came out of nowhere to get an offensive rebound and scored to secure the win (24-20).
In the Lady Pacers final game they faced Southwestern, where they won (40-24) to close out the season. The leaders for the team were Mckenli Scudder with 12 points, three rebounds, and one assist; Aleiah Thomas with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists; and Josie Meyer with six points, eight rebounds and two assists.
- James Meyer