Up and down night ends in loss for Lady Pacers, 54-38

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In a game that resembled a roller coaster, the Switzerland County Lady Pacers had an up and down night on Tuesday against conference rival Jac-Cen-Del – and in the end the coaster derailed and the Lady Pacers fell by a score of 54-38.

Jac-Cen-Del came out of the gate hot, racing out to a 14-4 lead at the end of the first period. Switzerland County got a basket by Jenna Daugherty with 6:53 to play; but would not score again until Hailee Smith scored in the lane with 42-seconds to play in the quarter – and it looked like Switzerland County was in for a long night.

But as quickly as fortunes swung toward the Lady Eagles in the first quarter; they swung back toward Switzerland County in period number two.

The Lady Pacers got a basket from Kristen Perry and a three-point play from Carrie Truax; and when Hailee Smith’s basket was followed by another inside score from Carrie Truax, with 4:19 to play the Lady Pacers had climbed back to within one, 14-13.

Jac-Cen-Del finally broke into the scoring column with 3:58 to play when Val Wagner made two freethrows; but Carrie Truax again scored to negate those points and keep the deficit at one.

Samantha White then made two freethrows to push the lead back to three; and Jenna Daugherty answered that with a freethrow to make the score 18-16 with a minute to play.

Jac-Cen-Del’s only field goal of the entire second quarter came with just seven-seconds left to play, as center Alyssa Hammond got free underneath.

The ensuing basket gave the Lady Eagles a 20-16 lead at the half.

Lindsay Scott opened the third quarter with a pair of freethrows that sliced the lead to two; but that’s when Jac-Cen-Del’s Kristen Hicks got hot.

The senior point guard made three straight three-pointers that doused the Lady Pacer offensive charge and pushed Jac-Cen-Del out to an 11-point lead.

After Lindsay Scott scored inside for the Lady Pacers, Jac-Cen-Del went on another run, getting two buckets from Becca Wagner; a basket from Alissa Stolze, and a runner from Val Wagner to make the score 37-20 with 2:23 to play.

Switzerland County rebounded with a basket from Carrie Truax and a pair of freethrows by Jenna Daugherty; but when Becca Wagner converted a traditional three-point play with just three-seconds remaining, Jac-Cen-Del took a commanding 40-24 lead into the final quarter.

After being outscored 14-4 in the first stanza; then rebounding to outscore their opponent 12-6 in the second period; Switzerland County then suffered through being outscored 20-8 in the third quarter.

Although both teams would score 14 points in the final eight minutes of play; Switzerland County could not mount an offensive attack that was able to cut into the lead.

In that fourth quarter, Switzerland County got four freethrows from Jenna Daugherty; a basket by Kristen Perry; another bucket from Carrie Truax; and a basket and a freethrow from Lindsay Scott. The Lady Pacers also got a freethrow from Kelly Kincaid and a basket from Katie Rayls that closed out the game with Jac-Cen-Del winning by a score of 54-38.

Carrie Truax led Switzerland County with 11 points on the night; while Jenna Daugherty added nine points and six rebounds.

Lindsay Scott had seven points; Kristen Perry and Hailee Smith had four points each; Katie Rayls had two points; and Kelly Kincaid contributed one.

Jac-Cen-Del won the battle of the boards by a 35-26 count; and Switzerland County shot just 13-for-35 (37-percent) from the floor.

Jac-Cen-Del was led by Kristen Hicks with 16.

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In the junior varsity game, Jac-Cen-Del won by a final score of 32-27.

Hayley South led Switzerland County with 11 points and eight rebounds; and Kelly Kincaid added seven points and seven rebounds to the effort.

Trisha Smith had six points and three rebounds; Becca Sittloh had two points; and Allie Mathews contributed one point and seven rebounds.

The Lady Pacers now have a week off, but the final weeks of the season won’t be an easy ones, as Switzerland County travels to Rising Sun next Tuesday; goes to South Ripley next Thursday; and then wraps up the regular season by hosting Southwestern on Tuesday, February 3rd; and Madison Shawe on Thursday, February 5th for Senior Night.