Stow’s 15 leads Lady Pacers, but SC falls to Lawrenceburg in RTC final
A pivotal third quarter tilted the scales on Friday night in the championship game of the girls Rivertown Classic, as the Lady Pacers fell to Lawrenceburg by a final score of 56-38.
The title game got off to a close start, with Lawrenceburg moving out to a 15-9 advantage after the first period of play.
Switzerland County got a three-pointer from Courtney Higgins, and baskets by Macy Collier, Bri Stow, and Lauren Smith; while the Lady Tigers were led in the first by five points each from Natalie Knigga and Lizzie Redar.
Down by six, the Lady Pacers continued to battle in the second, posting 13 points; with Lawrenceburg again adding 15.
Stow had the hot hand in the second, converting two three-pointers and adding a freethrow for seven points.
Molly Wrightsman had a three-pointer in the second quarter; while Collier had another field goal and Smith chipped in a freethrow.
Knigga and Redar continued to be the stalwarts for Lawrenceburg in the second, each scoring six points.
At the half, the Lady Tigers led by a score of 30-22, but it was a closer game than the score indicated.
The third quarter saw things shift, as Lawrenceburg score 17 points over the eight minute span, while Switzerland County could manage just six points.
Stow had a three-pointer for the Lady Pacers; Collier converted another bucket; and Smith again contributed a freethrow.
Redar had four field goals for eight points in the third, while Kamryn Ferreira had five points and Knigga added four more.
With three quarters down, Switzerland County now found itself in a 19-point hole, down 47-28.
The Lady Pacers kept playing hard in the fourth, scoring 10 points while holding their opponent to nine — but they were never able to mount a big enough run to erase the deficit, and Switzerland County fell by a final score of 56-58.
Stow had another three-pointer in the final stanza; while Allena Weaver, Collier and Higgins each added a freethrow. Smith again had a freethrow.
For the game, Stow had 15 points on the strength of four three-pointers; while Collier finished with eight.
Higgins and Smith each had five points; Wrightsman had three; and Weaver contributed two.
Smith led the team with 10 rebounds and also had three assists; and Higgins chipped in four rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Pacers were also hampered by playing without Halle Archer, who missed the game with an injury.
Redar led Lawrenceburg with 21 points; while Knigga was in double figures with 16.
The Lady Pacers now enter the final portion of their schedule with an overall record of 10-5, and they are 2-1 in the conference.
Coach Brooke Todd’s team will host Southwestern tonight (Thursday, January 12th), with the jayvee game tipping at 6 p.m.