Lady Pacers up record with OT win over New Washington

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 The Switzerland County Lady Pacers wrapped up a busy week with a matinee battle on Saturday against New Washington — and after battling into an overtime period, the Lady Pacers emerged with a 49-41 victory.

  Switzerland County junior sharpshooter Maddie Duvall took center stage on Saturday to lead Coach Mark Boggs’ charges. She finished with a game high 23 points to lead Switzerland County to its 14th win of the year against just three losses.

  The game also saw the return of senior playmaker Keirstan Oeffinger, who missed Thursday night’s conference game with Southwestern; but it also saw limited play from team leader Jessie Duvall, who only played the first quarter after rolling her ankle.

  The first quarter saw Switzerland County get off to a quick start, scoring 17 points while keeping New Washington to just four.

  Maddie Duvall had a big opener, scoring six points; as Oeffinger also started fast, scoring five points. Jessie Duvall added four points on a pair of field goals and Nora Hankins contributed a bucket in the first quarter.

  Up by 13 points after one, Switzerland County began to see that lead slip away in the second quarter, as New Washington bounced back with 16 points in the second while Switzerland County managed to score seven more.

  Oeffinger had the only made shot of the second quarter for Switzerland County — a three-pointer; while the other four points came from the freethrow line — as Maddie Duvall made two and Gracie White and Hannah Hayes made one each.

  Heading into the halftime break, Switzerland County held a 24-20 advantage.

  The Lady Mustangs quickly erased that slim lead out of the break, scoring 10 points in the third quarter while Switzerland County again scored seven points.

  Maddie Duvall had a three-pointer in the third; while Oeffinger and Hayes each added a field goal.

  With a period to play, Switzerland County was suddenly clinging to a 31-30 lead.

  In the final stanza, Switzerland County posted eight points, but when New Washington accounted for nine — the teams headed to overtime with a score knotted at 39-39.

  The final quarter saw Switzerland County again spend a lot of time at the freethrow line — and again the Lady Pacers let opportunity slip through their fingers. The team was just 5-for-10 at the stripe in the quarter, with Maddie Duvall’s three-pointer being the only field goal that the team converted.

  Into the overtime period, Switzerland County saw its’ shooting skill from the freethrow line return, as the Lady Pacers were 8-fo-10 in the four minute extended period to seal the win. Maddie Duvall also had a bucket in the extra time.

  Final score: Switzerland County 49, New Washington 41.

  In addition to Maddie Duvall’s 23 points, she also contributed five rebounds and an assist to the win. Oeffinger was in double figures with 11 points, and she added seven rebounds and three steals.

  Jessie Duvall finished with four points and an assist; Jayden Thomas had three points, three rebounds and an assist; Hayes had four points and four rebounds; and Hankins had two points and a time high eight rebounds.

  Allena Weaver had a point and a steal; and Gracie White added a point.

  Kaidin James led New Washington with 17 points.

  The junior varsity game saw the Lady Pacers earn another victory, this time a 37-28 win over the Lady Mustangs.

  Balance has been a key for Coach Lance Collier’s Lady Pacers all season, and it was on display again on Saturday.

  Courtney Higgins led Switzerland County with 10 points in the game; while Kenzie Taylor and Maddie Levell each contributed nine points.

  Megan Wetzel contributed five points in the contest; while Allena Weaver had four.