The Switzerland County Lady Pacers suffered through a cold shooting first half on Saturday night against Shawe Memorial, and by the time the home team got back on track, Switzerland County had lost by a final score of 54-35.
Switzerland County managed just 12 points in the first half – matching the total that the Lady Hilltoppers had in the first quarter alone.
In the opening period, the Lady Pacers got baskets by Whitley Schirmer, Taylar Jordan, and Hope Tankersley; while Shawe had seven points from Claire Higgins, a three-pointer from Megg Hensler, and a basket by Kate Grote.
Down by six, Switzerland County’s offense didn’t spark in the second quarter, as the Lady Pacers again posted just six points, featuring baskets from Schirmer and McKenli Scudder and a freethrow each from Mallory Phagan and Tankersley.
The Lady Hilltoppers had nine points in the second, with Grote doing most of the damage with seven points; while Grace McAllister added the other two.
At the halftime break, Shawe Memorial held a 21-12 advantage.
The offense picked up a bit for Switzerland County in the third quarter, with the Lady Pacers cracking double figures with 10 points. Schirmer did most of that damage, accounting for five points on a three-pointer and a field goal; while Scudder had three more points and Tankersley had another bucket.
The Lady Hilltoppers didn’t let up, however, as Shawe posted 17 points in the period; led by Megan Hesse’s six points; while Hensler had five and Grote contributed four.
With just eight minutes to play, Switzerland County found itself in a deep hole, down 38-22.
The fourth quarter was more of the same, with Shawe Memorial adding 16 more points to its total while Switzerland County put up 13 more.
For the Lady Pacers, Schirmer continued her impressive season with eight points in the final stanza; including another three-pointer; while Tankersley showed that she’s back from early season injuries to post the other five points of the period on a three-pointer and a pair of freethrows.
Shawe kept its lead from the freethrow line, as the Lady Hilltoppers converted 9-of-12 freethrows in the quarter; while pulling away for the 19-point margin of victory, 54-35.
Schirmer led the way for the Lady Pacers, finishing with 17 points; and she also eight rebounds, and four steals.
Tankersley also finished in double figures with 10 points; and she also had three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Scudder had five points, one rebound and one assist; Jordan had two points, two assists and a rebound; and Phagan had one point, two rebounds, and two assists.
Grote led Shawe with 15 points; while Higgins had 13; Hensler had 12; and Hesse made it four in double figures, as she had 10.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated Shawe by a final score of 52-10.
Kinslea Griffith led the Lady Pacers with 11 points, five steals, five assists, and five rebounds; while Lexi Lay had 10 points, four steals, three assists, and two rebounds; and Jaelyn Hemingway also had 10 points to go along with two steals and five rebounds.
McKenli Scudder had nine points, four steals, and two rebounds; Josie Meyer had five points, three steals, and a pair of rebounds; Emma Sullivan had three points, two rebounds and a steal; Maggie Clayton had two points, eight steals, and two assists; and Kaitlyn Yeary had two points and three rebounds.