The Switzerland County Lady Pacer basketball team is in the midst of the busy part of its schedule, as the squad readies itself for upcoming Sectional play.
Last Tuesday night, January 12th, Switzerland County’s Jessie Duvall had a huge game to lead the squad to a 63-56 double overtime win over Trimble County, Kentucky.
The junior guard erupted for 32 points in the game, and paired that with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Much of her damage was done at the freethrow line in critical situations, as she was 11-for-15 from the stripe in the game, including 8-for-10 in the overtime periods to seal the win.
The first period started relatively slowly, as Switzerland County outscored its guests by an 11-5 margin.
Jessie Duvall got off to a quick start with five points on a field goal and a three-pointer; while Keirstan Oeffinger had a pair of field goals for four points and Nora Hankins added a bucket for two.
In the second quarter, Switzerland County extended its lead with an 18 point outburst offensively while holding the Lady Raiders to 11.
Oeffinger was hot from the outside in the second, connecting on two three-pointers for six points; while Jessie Duvall again had five points on a field goal and a three-pointer. Hankins continued her strong inside play with two more buckets; and Maddie Duvall added three points on a freethrow and a field goal.
At the half, the Lady Pacers appeared to be cruising, up by a score of 29-16.
Trimble County would begin its march to get back into the game as the third period got underway, as the Lady Raiders notched 13 points in the quarter while Switzerland County added another 11. That only narrowed the overall lead to 11 points — 40-29 — and Switzerland County was eight minutes away from another win.
In the third, Oeffinger hit her third and fourth three-pointers of the game for another six points; while Jessie Duvall had three points on a freethrow and a field goal; and Hankins poured in another field goal for two points.
Up by 11, things looked to be in control for Coach Mark Boggs’ Lady Pacers, but the fourth quarter would turn things around.
Trimble County went on a tear, scoring 18 points in the fourth while the Switzerland County offense suddenly cooled, scoring only seven points.
Jessie Duvall had all seven in the fourth, hitting a field goal, adding a three-pointer, and also converting a pair of freethrows.
Regulation ended with the teams tied at 47-47.
Both teams were methodical in their approach to the first four minute overtime period, and that ended with each team scoring four points — and still tied at 51-51, it was time for a second overtime period.
It was in that second overtime that the Lady Pacers took control, and over both the OTs, Switzerland County outscored their guests by a 16-9 margin.
In overtime, Jessie Duvall had 12 of those points; while Maddie Duvall contributed two freethrows and Jayden Thomas had a bucket.
Final score: Switzerland County 63, Trimble County 56.
Along with the outstanding night by Jessie Duvall, Switzerland County also saw Oeffinger connect for double figures in scoring, as she finished with 16 points and also added two rebounds and a steal.
Hankins had eight points and three rebounds in the contest; while Maddie Duvall had five points, four rebounds, and five steals. Thomas finished with two points and also added five rebounds and two steals.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated Trimble County by a final score of 55-26.
Leading the way for the Lady Pacers was the duo of Allena Weaver and Maddie Levell, each scoring in double figures with 10 points; while Terra Oeffinger had a strong game to finish with nine points.
Courtney Higgins and Halle Archer each added six points; Macy Collier and Kenzie Taylor had four points each; while Megan Wetzel and Dakota Richards each contributed three points.