Thomas has 18, but Lady Pacers fall to Madison 72-47 after slow start

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacers fell behind early at Madison last Friday night; and Coach Mark Boggs’ squad couldn’t recover from the early hole, falling by a final score of 72-47.

The Lady Pacers fell behind by a 23-12 count after one quarter, as the young team continued to find its footing early in the season. Aleiah Thomas and Jody Breeck each had four points in the opening period, while Lexi Lay and Kinsley Griffith each chipped in a field goal.

Madison was led by Paige Young, who had eight points in the first eight minutes; while Hannah Imel added six points and Jade Nutley had five.

The second period saw the Lady Cubs extend their lead, outscoring Switzerland County 20-16 to take a 43-28 lead into the halftime break.

Thomas did damage from the outside in the quarter, connecting on two three-pointers; while Jaelyn Hemingway was a perfect four-for-four from the freethrow line. Keirstan Oeffinger added a three-pointer; Calleigh Powell had a bucket; and Lay converted a freethrow.

Young continued her hot hand in the period, scoring 10 points; while Nutley had six more and Imel contributed another four.

Down by 15 heading into the second half, Switzerland County came out flat in the third period, scoring just six points, while Madison added 16 more to put the game out of reach.

Thomas had six of Switzerland County’s points on two field goals and a pair of freethrows; while Lay had the other bucket.

After three quarters, Madison led by a score of 59-34.

The Lady Pacers bounced back in the final period, scoring 13 points to match Madison’s output.

Thomas and Griffith each had four in the final stanza; while Lay had three and Hemingway chipped in two.

Madison kept rolling, pulling away for the 25-point win, 72-47.

Thomas had a solid night, scoring 18 points along with five rebounds and three assists.

Lay continued her good play early in the year, ending with eight points and four rebounds; and Griffith had six points and three assists; while Hemingway also had six points to go with four rebounds.

Breeck contributed four points and five rebounds; Oeffinger had three points and three rebounds; and Powell had a basket and two assists.

Madison was led by Imel with 22; Young had 20; and Nutley – daughter of former Lady Pacer Lynn Bovard Nutley – had 17 points.

Switzerland County now head to Rising Sun tomorrow (Friday) night for a showdown with rival Rising Sun in a game that will raise funds to battle cancer. The varsity-only game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Pacers then get to return home on Saturday for a game with Franklin County. The Lady Pacers will then play a Thanksgiving Eve game at home on Wednesday against North Decatur.

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In the junior varsity game, Madison defeated Switzerland County 46-20.

Josie Meyer and Calleigh Powell each had six points in the game; while Emma Sullivan had four and Jayden Thomas and Brooke Johnson had two points each.