With limited numbers due to illness and injury, the Switzerland County Lady Pacers got off to a flat start last Thursday night and never recovered, getting beat by Austin by a final score of 63-30.
Senior Maddie Duvall (illness) missed the game; while senior Hannah Hayes was limited due to an ankle injury.
The first quarter told the story, as the Lady Eagles rolled into the Switzerland County gym and led by a score of 27-5 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Lady Pacers got two baskets from Jessie Duvall and a freethrow from Halle Archer to account for all of their scoring in the period.
The Austin trio of Erin Lee, Kelsey Hawkins and Mayci Furnish each had six first quarter points.
Down by 22 after the first, Switzerland County still couldn’t get their offense rolling in the second, scoring just eight points. Austin cooled off a bit, but still managed 14 points in the second quarter to take a 41-13 lead at halftime.
Jessie Duvall had half of the Lady Pacer points in the second — all on 4-for-4 freethrow shooting. Courtney Higgins and Kenzie Taylor each had a field goal in the period.
The cold shooting continued for Switzerland County coming out of the halftime break, accounting for just six points in the third while Austin again scored 14 points.
Collier, Jessie Duvall, and Taylor each had third quarter buckets.
The only quarter in which the Lady Pacers would dent double figures was the fourth, where they scored 11 points while holding the Lady Eagles to eight — but it was too little, too late, and the final margin of victory was 33 points.
In the fourth, seven of their 11 points came from the freethrow line: three by Terra Oeffinger and two each by Dakota Richards and Gracie White. Field goals in the quarter were scored by Collier and Jessie Duvall.
For the game: Jessie Duvall led Switzerland County with 12 points; while Collier and Taylor each finished with four.
Oeffinger had three; White, Higgins, and Richards each had two; and Archer chipped in one.
Switzerland County converted just nine field goals in the game; and without Maddie Duvall, it was the first game in recent memory that the Lady Pacers did not make a three-point shot. They were 12-for-19 from the freethrow line in the contest.
Lee had 16 to lead Austin; while Hawkins added 12 and Alexis Hargrove was in double figures with 11.
Coach Lance Collier’s junior varsity team remained undefeated on the season, defeating Austin by a final score of 36-24.
Terra Oeffinger had nine points to lead Switzerland County; while Kenzie Taylor had eight and Carlee Boggs contributed seven.
Bri Stow had six points; Maddie Levell had three; Gracie White had two; and Dakota Richards finished with one.