Maddie Duvall’s 19 leads Lady Pacers to Rivertown opening win, 57-23


 Led by Maddie Duvall’s 19 points, the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity basketball team defeated Rising Sun last Wednesday night in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic by a score of 57-23.

  Maddie Duvall led a big offensive display that saw nine different players score in the game for Switzerland County, as the squad grabbed an early lead and never looked back.

  The score was 15-8 after one period of play, as Maddie Duvall got off to a sizzling start, accounting for nine points on a pair of field goals, a three-pointer and two freethrows.

  Keirstan Oeffinger connected on a three-pointer in the opening stanza; as did Jessie Duvall.

  Rising Sun was led in the opening quarter by Nora Powell with four points; while Halie Shorten and Miranda Lozier each added a basket.

  The second quarter saw Switzerland County continue to stretch its lead, outscoring the Lady Shiners by a 14-6 margin to grab a 29-14 halftime advantage.

  In the second, the three-pointers continue to fuel the Lady Pacer attack, as the team had three more in the quarter — one each by Oeffinger, Maddie Duvall and Jessie Duvall. Maddie Duvall added a field goal to her period total; while Nora Hankins also had a field goal and Allena Weaver contributed a freethrow.

  Rising Sun got all six of its second quarter points from Maddi Wilson, who had a field goal and four freethrows.

  Already firmly in command coming out of the break, Switzerland County sealed the win in the third quarter, posting an impressive 20 points over the eight minute span while holding Rising Sun to just four.

  In the third, Jessie Duvall assumed command with eight points on two field goals, a freethrow and a three-pointer; while Maddie Duvall and Jayden Thomas each added a pair of field goals for four points each. Gracie White and Oeffinger rounded out the third quarter rout, each adding a field goal.

  Ashley Bowne and Wilson each had field goals for the Lady Shiners, and after three quarters of play, Switzerland County held a 49-19 advantage.

  The final quarter was more closely played, as head coach Mark Boggs substituted liberally to get his Lady Pacers some playing time.

  In the fourth, Macy Collier, Hannah Hayes, and White each had field goals, while Maddie Duvall and Hankins each added a freethrow.

  Wilson had all five points in the fourth for Rising Sun on a three-pointer and a field goal, as the Lady Shiners played the contest with just seven players available due to COVID restrictions.

  Final score: Switzerland County 57, Rising Sun 23.

  Maddie Duvall’s 19 points led the way for Switzerland County, and she also added six steals, four rebounds, and three assists in the game; while Jessie Duvall was also in double figures with 14 points, and contributed six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

  Oeffinger finished with eight points in the contest to go along with three rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists; Thomas had four points and four rebounds; White added four points and a steal and a rebound; Hankins had three points, seven rebounds and two assists; Hayes had two points, three rebounds and two steals; Collier had two points and four rebounds; and Weaver had one point and two rebounds.

  Wilson led Rising Sun with 13 points; while Powell had four and