Whitley Schirmer poured in 26 points inside the Southwestern gym on Saturday night as the rain poured outside, but the wet weather wasn’t enough to stop the Switzerland County Lady Pacers, as Schirmer led her teammates to a 65-42 win over Southwestern.
Schirmer was hot from the outset, as she had nine points in the opening quarter, as the Lady Pacers outscored Southwestern 18-11. Switzerland County got out of the gate quickly thanks to Schirmer, but the Lady Rebels closed the gap before the end of the quarter.
Along with Schirmer’s hot start, Switzerland County got a three-pointer from Taylar Jordan; while Mallory Phagan, Rylee Hankins, and Aleiah Thomas each had a field goal.
Abby Ralston had six points in the quarter for Southwestern, while Kate Sampson had four.
Up early, Switzerland County began to flex its muscle in the second quarter, outscoring Southwestern 12-6 to take a 30-17 lead into the halftime break.
Schirmer who had some early foul issues, continued her hot shooting in the second, scoring seven more points to make it 16 points – just one less than Southwestern’s entire team – for the half.
Jordan had another three-pointer for Switzerland County in the second; and Hankins had another bucket.
Kaitlyn West had all six of Southwestern’s points in the quarter.
Coming out of the halftime break, Switzerland County continued its solid offense, outscoring Southwestern 14-13.
But the third was also filled with some moments of caution; as Southwestern did manage to close to within 11, 37-26, halfway through the quarter; with much of that damage being done while Schirmer and Hankins were on the bench with four fouls each.
Already playing without freshman McKenli Scudder, who was in the hospital; things got even worse at the 2:49 mark, when senior Mallory Phagan went to the floor in severe pain without contact. Attended to on the floor, Phagan was carried off after a few minutes, and her teammates were left to pick up the slack in her absence.
Jordan also picked up her fourth foul in the quarter, but Switzerland County managed to extend the lead to 44-30.
Tankersley led the way for the Lady Pacers in the quarter, scoring seven points. Schirmer had a three-pointer; while Phagan had a field goal before leaving to injury; and Kinsley Griffith also had a basket.
For Southwestern, West had eight points in the period; while Michaela Mahoney had a three-pointer.
The final quarter saw Switzerland County continue to hold its lead and battle foul trouble, with Jordan eventually fouling out and Schirmer and Hankins still struggling with fouls.
But that didn’t hamper the Lady Pacer offense, as Switzerland County would score 21 points while holding Southwestern to just 12.
Schirmer added seven more points in the quarter before she took a seat when coach Ashley Kitts cleared her bench; while Hankins and Thomas had four points each.
Tankersley, Kaitlyn Morris, and Kinsley Griffith each added two points.
West continued her outstanding game for the Lady Rebels, adding seven more points in the quarter, but she didn’t get much help from her teammates, and the game came to a close with the Lady Pacers claiming a 65-42 win.
Schirmer finished with 26 points; while Tankersley had nine points and Hankins had eight. Schirmer also had four rebounds and an assist; Tankersley had four rebounds and five assists; and Hankins had five rebounds.
Jordan had six points, four rebounds, and two assists; Thomas had six points, a team-high 14 rebounds, and four assists; Phagan had four points, two rebounds and two assists; Griffith had four points and three boards; and Morris had two points and two rebounds.
Southwestern was led by West with 21 points; with Abby Ralston adding nine.
There was no junior varsity game on Saturday night.
The Lady Pacers are now off until Thursday, December 29th, when they will participate in a tournament at Southwestern; before entering Rivertown Classic Tournament play on Wednesday, January 4th.