The Switzerland County Lady Pacers hit the road for an afternoon tilt on Saturday, January 23rd — and returned home with a big 59-45 win over South Decatur.
The Lady Pacers opened the contest on a huge offensive run, scoring 21 points in the opening eight minutes while holding their hosts to just 11. That 10-point margin would hold up throughout the remainder of the contest.
In the first, Maddie Duvall had the hot hand, accounting for 11 points on three three-pointers and a field goal.
Keirstan Oeffinger had five points on a three-pointer and field goal; Jayden Thomas drilled a trey for three points; and Nora Hankins had a field goal for two points.
Lana Bell led South Decatur early, converting four field goals for eight points; while Megan Manlief — daughter of Switzerland County Hall of Famer Michelle Raisor Manlief — hit a three-pointer for the other Lady Cougar points.
South Decatur made a run in the second quarter, outscoring Switzerland County by a 17-9 margin to narrow the gap.
For the Lady Pacers in the second, much of the time was spent at the freethrow line, as Switzerland County hit 5-for-8 attempts in the quarter.
Jessie Duvall led the team with five points in the period on a field goal and three freethrows; Oeffinger added a pair of freethrows; and Hankins had another bucket.
At the half, Switzerland County held a 30-28 advantage.
Coach Mark Boggs’ charges got rolling again coming out of the halftime break, scoring 13 points while the Lady Cougars managed just six.
Again the outside shooting was key, as Oeffinger and Maddie Duvall each drilled a three-pointer. Jessie Duvall had a field goal and two freethrows; and Hankins had a freethrow and a field goal.
That third quarter outburst pushed the Switzerland County lead up to nine, 43-34, with a quarter to play.
In that fourth stanza, Switzerland County again extended its lead, scoring 16 points over the final eight minutes while limiting South Decatur to 11.
The Lady Pacers were led offensively in the fourth by Oeffinger, who connected on her third three-pointer of the game and also added two freethrows for five points. Maddie Duvall had another three-pointer — her fifth of the contest — and converted a freethrow to total four points in the fourth; while Jessie Duvall also had a three-pointer and both Gracie White and Hannah Hayes added field goals.
Final score: Switzerland County 59, South Decatur 45.
Offensively, Switzerland County saw three players finish in double figures.
Maddie Duvall finished with 18 points on the strength of her outside shooting, and she also contributed four steals, three rebounds and two assists.
Oeffinger was in double figures with 15 points, and chipped in three steals, three assists, and two rebounds; while Jessie Duvall had 12 points, eight assists, and five steals.
Hankins finished with seven points to go along with four rebounds and two assists; Thomas had three points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals; and White and Hayes each contributed two points.
South Decatur was led by Bell with 18 points; while Loryn Pate was in double figures with 12.
In Saturday’s junior varsity game, Switzerland County earned a 35-25 win over South Decatur.
The Lady Pacers — utilizing solid team play — were led in the game by Kenzie Taylor with eight points, including two three-pointers; while Megan Wetzel and Halle Archer each had six points.
Gracie White and Maddie Levell each contributed four points in the victory; while Terra Oeffinger finished with three. Macy Collier and Allena Weaver each had two points in the win.