The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team participated in the “Rumble on the River” basketball tourney last Thursday and Friday at Southwestern High School; falling in their first two games before picking up a win in the finale.
Austin 62, Switzerland County 49
In the tournament’s opening game, Switzerland County fell to Austin by a final score of 62-49.
Switzerland County opened playing catch up early, being outscored by Austin 16-11.
The Lady Pacers got some early scoring strength from Whitley Schirmer’s seven points, including three freethrows; while Taylar Jordan and Kinsley Griffith each had a bucket.
Austin was led by Akaya Walker’s five points; and MacKenzie Horton had four.
Austin kept the pressure up in the second quarter, again scoring 16 points; while Switzerland County managed 12.
Hope Tankersley led the way for Switzerland County in the quarter with six points; while Schirmer, Griffith, and Aleiah Thomas each had a basket.
Kamie Owens got hot for Austin the second, scoring eight points, including two three-pointers.
The halftime break saw the Lady Eagles in front, 32-23.
The third quarter saw each team score 14 points; a good outing for the Lady Pacers, but not enough to cut into the Austin lead.
In the third, Schirmer went back to work with eight points; while Tankersley had four more and Jordan chipped in two.
But the dead heat period didn’t get the Switzerland County any closer, with the Lady Eagles still in front, 46-37.
Austin went back to its 16-point per quarter output in the final stanza, with Switzerland County managing 12 points as the final time wound down.
In that final quarter; Schirmer and Tankersley each had four points; while Rylee Hankins and Lexi Lay each had two points.
The final score saw Austin in front by a final score of 62-49.
Schirmer continued her outstanding season with 21 points; while Tankersley was also in double figures with 14.
Jordan and Griffith each had four; and Hankins and Lay each had two.
Owens led Austin with 24 points; Addison Brasher had 16 points; and Horton had 15.
Connersville 63, Switzerland County 47
In the tourney’s second game, Switzerland County took on Connersville, and again battled hard before falling 63-47.
Both teams squared off in the first quarter with a hard-fought eight minutes. The Lady Spartans won the period by a 13-12 count; but Switzerland County wasn’t intimidated by taking on the bigger school.
Balance ruled the day in the first for the Lady Pacers, as Hope Tankersley and Kinsley Griffith each had four points; while Aleiah Thomas and Whitley Schirmer also contributed two points.
The second quarter was a critical one for the contest, as Switzerland County broke out with 16 points; but Connersville had an even stronger stanza, finishing with 22 points to take a 35-28 lead into the half.
Tankersley caught fire in the second for Coach Ashley Kitts’ Lady Pacers. The senior finished with eight points, including a three-pointer, a pair of field goals and a freethrow.
Rylee Hankins also did some strong work inside, with four points in the quarter; while Griffith had another bucket and Schirmer contributed a couple of freethrows.
Connersville did most of its second quarter damage from behind the arc, hitting five three-pointers over the span.
The third period was again closely fought, with Connersville outscoring the Lady Pacers 15-14; but the stanza kept Switzerland County within striking distance.
Tankersley continued her strong game, hitting another three-pointer and adding two freethrows for five points; and Taylar Jordan also had five points on a three-pointer and a field goal. Hankins and Thomas each chipped in a field goal.
It was the final quarter that saw Switzerland County stumble offensively, being outscored by Connersville 13-5 to get into an offensive hole that they couldn’t overcome.
The only scoring for the Lady Pacers in the quarter was a three-pointer by Tankersley and a basket by Schirmer, and the second loss of the tourney sent Switzerland County into its finale on a two-game skid.
Tankersley led the Lady Pacers with 20 points; while Schirmer, Hankins and Griffith had six points; Jordan had five; and Thomas added four.
Mikalia Taylor led Connersville with 15 points.
Switzerland County 61, Borden 42
The final game of the tourney saw the Lady Pacers earn a win, beating Borden by a score of 61-42.
Switzerland County jumped out early and never looked back, scoring 20 points in the opening period on their way to a 39 point first half.
The first period saw Whitley Schirmer exert her offensive will, scoring 11 points on three three-pointers to nearly outscore Borden by herself, as the Lady Braves had 13 points in the quarter.
Kinsley Griffith had a three-pointer in the opening quarter; while Rylee Hankins, Aleiah Thomas, and Lexi Lay each had a field goal for two points.
The offensive firepower didn’t stop in the second quarter, as Switzerland County had 19 points in the period.
Schirmer continued her onslaught, hitting her fourth three-pointer of the contest to go along with two field goals for seven points in the quarter and 18 points in the half.
Switzerland County got offensive balance to continue to pull away from Borden, getting four points in the period from Hankins, Griffith, and Lay each.
The Lady Braves managed eight points in the second, and as the teams headed to the halftime break with Switzerland County firmly in control, 39-21.
The offense slowed a bit coming out of the half, as Switzerland County accounted for 12 points in the third; but Borden only had five.
Thomas broke out for the Lady Pacers in the third with seven points, including a three-pointer; while Schirmer had three freethrows and Hope Tankersley got on the board with a field goal.
With eight minutes to play, the Lady Pacers held a solid 51-26 lead.
With the outcome of the game decided, Switzerland County scored 10 points in the final quarter; while Borden finally got started offensively, scoring 16 points.
Tankersley had four points; Schirmer had three points; Taylar Jordan had a field goal for two points; and Griffith hit a freethrow to round out the Lady Pacer scoring.
The final score saw Switzerland County win by a score of 61-42.
After her outstanding first half, Schirmer led all scorers with 24 points; with Thomas nearly in double figures, ending with nine.
Griffith had eight points; Hankins, Tankersley and Lay each had six; and Jordan added two.
The Lady Pacers are now in their second tourney in as many weeks, having kicked off the Rivertown Classic on Wednesday night against South Dearborn.
If Switzerland County won that opening game, it will advance to the championship game tomorrow (Friday) night against the winner of the Lawrenceburg-Rising Sun semifinal.
Should the Lady Pacers fall on Wednesday, the team will then play tomorrow (Friday) night in the consolation game against the loser of the Lawrenceburg-Rising Sun game.