The Switzerland County Lady Pacers started out slowly in Thursday night’s road game at Trimble County (Kentucky), but after that slow start the offense caught fire, leading to Switzerland County’s ninth win in a row and 10th overall by a final score of 49-41.
Early, the Lady Pacers high powered offense was sputtering, as they trailed Trimble County by an 11-3 count after the first quarter. Jessie Duvall’s three-pointer was the only basket that Switzerland County connected on.
Heading into the second period, Switzerland County began to catch its rhythm, scoring 13 points over the eight minute span. Trimble County matched its first period total with 11 more in the second, leading to a Lady Raider lead of 22-16.
Aleiah Thomas led the way for Switzerland County in the second, scoring seven points on three field goals and a freethrow; while Maddie Duvall connected on a three-pointer and Jessie Duvall also had three points — all from the freethrow line.
Down by six coming out of halftime, the third quarter swung the balance, as the Lady Pacers scored 16 points in the stanza while holding their hosts to just eight.
Thomas again went off, hitting a pair of three-pointers and adding a jumper and two freethrows to account for 10 points — outscoring Trimble County by herself in the period. The long range shooting that has been Switzerland County’s calling card over the past month showed up again in the third, with Maddie Duvall and Josie Meyer also hitting three-pointers to go along with the two by Thomas.
With a quarter to go, Switzerland County was in front by a score of 32-30.
The Lady Pacers then closed the game with their largest offensive output of the game, scoring 17 points; while again Trimble County posted 11 more. That six point swing, paired with the two point advantage after three, provided the final eight-point margin of victory.
Jessie Duvall was in control in the final stanza, hitting three field goals for six points; while Thomas spent much of the final eight minutes at the freethrow line, going a perfect four-for-four.
Meyer had another three-pointer; Kyah Chase added a jumper; and Jaden Harrell chipped in two freethrows.
Thomas led the way int he 49-41 win with 21 points, and she completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. She also had two steals.
Jessie Duvall was also in double figures, posting 12 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.
Maddie Duvall continued her steady play with six points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal; Meyer also had six on her pair of three-pointers, and she also had two rebounds and an assist.
Harrell had two points, two rebounds and two steals; Chase had two points, five boards and an assist; and even though she didn’t score, Keirstan Oeffinger added two rebounds, two steals and an assist in the contest.
Now standing with an overall mark of 10-1, the Lady Pacers get some time off for the holidays, not taking the court again until Friday, January 3rd, when they play Charlestown at 11 a.m. in the opening game of the “Rumble on the River” tourney at Southwestern.
In Thursday night’s junior varsity game, Trimble County defeated Switzerland County by a score of 45-30.
Gracie White led Switzerland County with eight points; while Hannah Hayes had seven points and Carly Bennett had six.
Nora Hankins and Jayden Thomas finished the game with three points each; and Chloey Thomas had one point.