It was a long, cold drive to North Decatur for the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team last Wednesday night, and with the Thanksgiving holiday the following day, the Lady Pacers didn’t find too much to be thankful for, returning home after suffering a 55-40 loss.
The game kicked off as a back and forth, tight battle, as each squad scored 12 points in the opening stanza. Switzerland County saw balanced scoring, getting four points each from Maddie Duvall and Rylee Hankins; as well as baskets from Aleiah Thomas and Jessie Duvall.
Olivia Bohman led North Decatur with four points in the opening period.
The second quarter is where Switzeland County stumbled a bit, getting outscored by a 17-8 margin to fall behind 29-20 at the halftime break.
Switzerland County accounted for its second period points almost exclusively at the freethrow line, as Maddie Duvall, Jessie Duvall, and Lexi Lay each connected on a pair of charities; while Lay also had the lone field goal in the stanza.
North Decatur, meanwhile, got a pair of three-pointers from Maddy Day; five points from Sidney Parmer; and four from Keirstin House to take control of the contest.
The teams came out of the halftime break and found their offensive footing, as again the quarter was tied, with each team scoring 17 points — but the Lady Pacers were unable to make any dents into the Lady Charger lead.
Thomas exploded in the third, scoring 11 points on a three-pointer, three field goals, and a couple of freethrows; while Maddie Duvall and Lay each contributed three-pointers as the outside shooting began to heat up.
Day again had a pair of three-pointers to pace North Decatur, as the Lady Chargers maintained their nine-point lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
The last quarter saw a dip in offense by both squads, with Switzerland County scoring just five points — all by Jessic Duvall on a three-pointer and a field goal — while North Decatur scored just nine points; getting two more three-pointers from Day and three points by House.
That made the final margin 13 points, but throw out the cold second stanza, and it was an evenly played contest.
Thomas led Switzerland County with 13 points, and she also had four rebounds and a steal. Jessie Duvall had nine points, four rebounds, and three assists; while Maddie Duvall also had nine points to go with six rebounds, a steal, and an assist.
Lay finished with seven points, two steals, and an assist; and Hankins had four points, a team-high nine rebounds, three steals, and a pair of assists.
Day led North Decatur with 18 points on six three-pointers; while House had 12; Parmer finished with 11; and Bohman made it four in double figures with 10.
In the junior varsity contest, North Decatur defeated Switzerland County 37-14.
The Lady Pacers were led by Rochelle Bolton with six points; while Maddie Duvall added five and Keirstan Oeffinger contributed a basket.