It was a hard fought game on Friday night in the consolation round of the girls Rivertown Classic, but in the end the Switzerland County Lady Pacers fell to Rising Sun by a final score of 52-45.
Tied at the half, the Lady Pacers and the Lady Shiners battled through the final 16 minutes, but Rising Sun had just enough – including 30 points by Lady Shiner Lucy Carrigan – to earn the seven-point win.
Switzerland County took an early lead, outscoring Rising Sun by a 13-10 count in the opening quarter. Balance was key for Coach Mark Boggs’ troops, as Aleiah Thomas led the way with five points, including a three-pointer; and Kinsley Griffith had four on two field goals. Jody Breeck and Calleigh Powell each added baskets in the period, allowing the Lady Pacers to move out to a three-point lead.
For Rising Sun, Carrigan also had five points in the first; while Sydney Bostic and Maddie Wilson each had a bucket; and Danyka Groover contributed a freethrow.
The second quarter was again a tight one, but this time it was Rising Sun who pulled ahead. The Lady Shines outscored Switzerland County by a 14-11 margin – three points – which tied the game at the half, 24-24.
Switzerland County again showed balance, as Thomas had another three-pointer; and Griffith, Powell, Keirstan Oeffinger and Jaelyn Hemingway each accounted for two points.
The Lady Shiners saw Carrigan start to heat up, as the senior had eight points in the second; and Wilson added a three-pointer. Emma Levi chipped in a basket, and Danyka Groover had another freethrow.
All knotted up at the half, Rising Sun slowly pulled away during the second half, outscoring the Lady Pacers by three points in the third and four in the fourth to seal the win.
In that third quarter, Switzerland County got five points from Thomas; while Breeck and Lexi Lay had baskets for a total of nine points.
For Rising Sun, Carrigan finished with six points in the quarter; while Sydney Pitts, Danyka Groover, and Wilson each had baskets, all totaling 12 points.
Down by three entering the final frame, Switzerland County posted 12 points over the eight minutes, with Lay and Griffith each hitting three-pointers to keep the Lady Pacers close. Thomas had a pair of freethrows in the quarter; while Breeck and Powell each added baskets.
But it was in the final stanza where Carrigan really took off for Rising Sun. She had 11 points in the quarter, including a three-pointer and four freethrows to go with two field goals; while Pitts had three more points and Danyka Groover had a bucket.
The final margin of victory for the Lady Shiners was seven points, 52-45.
Thomas finished with 15 points on the night to lead Switzerland County in scoring; and her efforts also earned her inclusion on the All Tournament team.
Griffith had nine points; Breeck had six; and both Lay and Powell finished with five. Oeffinger and Hemingway each added two.
In addition to Carrigan’s 30 points, Rising Sun got seven points from Wilson; six from Danyka Groover, five from Pitts; and two each from Bostic and Levi.
The loss drops the Switzerland County overall record to 3-12 on the season, and the Lady Pacers get right back into action tonight (Thursday) when they travel to Southwestern. That will be followed by a home afternoon tilt this Saturday versus New Washington (1 p.m. start time); and then the team’s final road game of the season will be on Tuesday, January 16th, when they travel to Jac-Cen-Del.
The regular season will wrap up with four home games: Oldenburg Academy on January 18th; South Decatur for another Saturday afternoon contest on January 20th; Rising Sun on January 23rd; and then the season closes with South Ripley here on January 25th.