Whitley Schirmer’s 21 leads Lady Pacers


It took an overtime period, but the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Rivertown Classic Basketball Tournament last Wednesday night with a 47-43 win over South Dearborn.

Both teams started the game out in an offensive deep freeze, with Switzerland County scoring just four points on baskets by Taylar Jordan and Rylee Hankins; but South Dearborn managed just eight points; with Brooke Huddleston hitting a three-pointer and Bryanna Lagreca hitting a three-pointer and a field goal for five points.

The Lady Pacers picked up the pace a bit in the second quarter, scoring eight points to equal the Lady Knights’ second quarter output.

South Dearborn was living and dying by the three-pointer, getting treys from Alyssa McClanahan and Britney Biel to grab a six point lead at the midway point of the period; but Switzerland County got three-pointers from Whitley Schirmer and Kinsley Griffith and a bucket from Hope Tankersley to draw to within four – 20-16 – as the first half came to a close.

The Lady Pacers made their big run in the third quarter, as Schirmer had two straight baskets; Hankins had another inside bucket; and two freethrows by Schirmer gave Switzerland County its first lead of the game with six minutes to go in the quarter.

Those points were part of a big quarter for Schirmer, who would add a three-pointer and two more charities for an 11-point period.

Tankersley had a three-pointer on her way to five points in the quarter; and after three Switzerland County appeared to be in control, leading 30-23.

South Dearborn made its big run in the final quarter, outscoring the Lady Pacers 16-9, and using a tight press defense to push Switzerland County into turnovers.

The Lady Knights were back in front by a score of 38-36 with 56-seconds left; and after the Lady Pacers missed a field goal attempt, Hankins pulled down a huge offensive rebound, and her put-back bucket tied the game at 38-38 with 27-seconds left.

Both squads had freethrow attempts in the closing seconds, but each team could convert just one; and the game went to a four-minute overtime period with the game tied at 39-39.

Switzerland County would score eight points in the overtime session – all from the freethrow line – as Schirmer had five points and Hankins had three to seal the win.

Final score: Switzerland County 47, South Dearborn 43.

Schirmer had a monster game, as the senior finished with 21 points, including two three-pointers and 9-for-10 from the freethrow line.

Tankersley added 10 points in the game to crack double figures; and Hankins was just outside with nine critical points. Griffith had five points; and Jordan added two.

South Dearborn was led by Biel with 13 points; while the trio of McClanahan, Huddleston, and Jaelyn Lows each had seven.

The win pushed Switzerland County’s record to 6-9 overall, and advanced the Lady Pacers to the tournament’s championship game against Lawrenceburg.