Lady Pacers run record to 4-1 with OT win over Franklin County


 It took overtime, but the Switzerland County Lady Pacers earned their second win of the weekend on Saturday night, battling Franklin County on the road to pick up a 45-38 victory.

  Switzerland County moved out to an early lead, holding a 10-3 advantage after the opening quarter.

  Jessie Duvall hit a three-pointer and added a freethrow to lead the Lady Pacers with four points; while the trio of Keirstan Oeffinger, Nora Hankins, and Hannah Hayes each added a basket.

  The Lady Wildcats got a three-pointer from Josie Rolfes for their only points of the opening period.

   Franklin County rebounded in the second quarter to win the period by an 11-7 count.

  Switzerland County got four points from Maddie Duvall on a pair of field goals, and Jessie Duvall had three freethrows for three points.

  At the half, the Lady Pacers held a 17-14 advantage.

  The Lady Wildcats moved in front as the second half got underway, outscoring Switzerland County 17-10 in the stanza to grab a 31-27 lead.

  In the third, Maddie Duvall had five points on a field goal and a three-pointer; and Oeffinger also had five on two field goals and a freethrow.

  Rofles led Franklin County with a pair of three-pointers for six points; and Macie Crain had four.

  With eight minutes left in regulation, the Lady Pacers outscored their hosts by a 9-5 count in the fourth to force overtime. Regulation ended with the teams tied at 36-36.

  In the fourth, Oeffinger had four points on a pair of freethrows; Maddie Duvall had a three-pointer; and Jessie Duvall contributed two freethrows.

  In the four minute overtime period, the Lady Pacers sealed the win at the freethrow line.

  Jessie Duvall had six points in the overtime period on a field goal and four freethrows; Jayden Thomas made two freethrows, and Maddie Duvall converted a freethrow to account for nine overtime points overall and earn Switzerland County a 45-38 victory.

  Jessie Duvall led the Lady Pacers with 15 points; while Maddie Duvall finished with 13 points. Oeffinger again made it three players in double figures as she finished with 11 points; and Hankins, Hayes, and Thomas had two points each.

  Switzerland County outscored Franklin County on two -point field goals by an 11-7 count; but the Lady Wildcats made up the deficit from behind the ace, making seven three-pointers to Switzerland County’s three.

  It was at the freethrow line where the game was decided, as Switzerland County was 14-for-31 from the stripe for 45-percent; but Franklin County was just 3-for-4 from the charity stripe, and that 11 point difference made the difference.

  Franklin County was led by Rolfes, who finished with 17 points.

  Switzerland County now sports on overall record of 4-1, and make the long journey to Knightstown this Saturday for a matinee game with the Panthers that will see the junior varsity game tip at 11 a.m.

  The junior varsity team won for the second straight night by the very same score, defeating Franklin County 42-24.

  Kenzie Taylor was the leading scorer for Switzerland County with 13 points; Macy Collier had 11 points in the game; and Courtney Higgins was also in double figures, as she added 10.

  Maddie Levell scored six points; and Allena Weaver chipped in two points.