Big third quarter pushes Lady Pacers to win
Last Thursday night, January 14th, the Switzerland County Lady Pacers earned a big conference win over Southwestern by a score of 40-38.
As the final score indicated, it was a closely fought game for all four quarters, with the Lady Pacers using a big third quarter to take control before fending off a fourth quarter charge by the Lady Rebels to earn the victory. The Switzerland County charge was depleted a bit as the Lady Pacers played the game without senior Keirstan Oeffinger, but a team effort made up for her absence overall.
The first half was rather slow-paced for both offenses, as each scored 10 points in the opening quarter, with Maddie Duvall scoring six of Switzerland County’s 10 points and Jessie Duvall and Jayden Thomas adding two points each.
The second quarter was really frigid for both offenses, as the Lady Pacers managed just five points, but the defense held Southwestern to just four.
In the second, Maddie Duvall had a three-pointer and Jessie Duvall contributed a field goal to account for the scoring; and at the half Switzerland County led by a 15-14 count.
The third quarter proved to be a turning point in the contest, as the Lady Pacers posted 17 points over the eight minutes to more than double their first half tally; and held Southwestern to just 10.
Jessie Duvall led the offense in the third, scoring 10 points on three field goals, a three-pointer and a freethrow; while Maddie Duvall converted her second three-pointer of the game and Nora Hankins continued her outstanding play with two buckets for four points.
With eight minutes to play, Switzerland County held a 32-24 lead.
The fourth quarter, however, would see a Southwestern comeback.
The Lady Rebels would score 14 points in the fourth; while Switzerland County managed just eight points over the same span — but it was enough for the Lady Pacers to fend off the charge and earn the win.
In the fourth, Switzerland County nearly shot itself in the foot at the freethrow line. The Lady Pacers were a dismal 4-for-12 at the line in the final quarter, leaving the door open for the Southwestern run.
Maddie Duvall did make a pair of freethrows in the quarter; while Jessie Duvall had four points on a field goal and two freethrows. Jayden Thomas also had a field goal to round out the scoring.
At the final horn, Switzerland County escaped with a 40-38 win.
In the game, Jessie Duvall led the way with 18 points for Switzerland County, including six field goals, a three-pointer and three made freethrows; while Maddie Duvall was also in double figures, scoring 14 points on a field goal, three three-pointers and she was 3-for-4 from the freethrow line.
Thomas and Hankins each finished with four points.
For the game, Switzerland County made 10 field goals, four three-pointers, but were just 8-for-19 from the freethrow line.
Ellie Foley led Southwestern with 12 points; and Isabel Brooks had eight.
In the junior varsity game on Thursday night, Switzerland County continued its outstanding season with a 49-29 pasting of Southwestern.
Maddie Levell continued her outstanding all around play, finishing the game with 17 points; and Allena Weaver also posted big numbers, as she also scored 17 points in the contest.
Kenzie Tayler finished with five points; Halle Archer and Courtney Higgins each added four points; and Molly Wrightsman and Macy Collier each chipped in one point.