Thomas has 21, but Lady Pacers fall in ‘Rumble’ opener, 46-31

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The good news is that heading into this week’s Rivertown Classic, Coach Mark Boggs’ Switzerland County Lady Pacers stand with an impressive overall record of 11-3.

  The bad news is, two of those three losses came on the same day — last Friday in the opening round of Southwestern’s “Rumble on the River” tournament.

  In the opening round game of the tourney, Switzerland County fell to Charlestown (9-7) by a final score of 46-31.

  The Lady Pacer effort was well below their offensive average of 48 points per game, and was even more lopsided as senior Aleiah Thomas accounted for 21 of Switzerland County’s 31 points by herself.

  In the first quarter, Switzerland County outscored the Lady Pirates 7-5, with Thomas scoring all seven of the Lady Pacers’ points. Charlestown was led by Skylar Cochran — who had all five of their points.

  Charlestown took over a bit in the second quarter, outscoring Switzerland County by a 13-6 margin to grab a 18-13 halftime lead.

  Kyah Chase had four of Switzerland County’s points on a field goal and a pair of freethrows, while Thomas provided the other two points with a bucket.

  It was clear that Charlestown had heard about Switzerland County’s prolific outside shooting, as the Lady Pirate defense took away that outside threat, forcing Switzerland County to try and score inside by twos, rather than outside by threes.

  Coming out of the halftime break, Switzerland County still sputtered offensively, again scoring just six points over the eight minute span. Charlestown expanded its lead, scoring 15 points in the third to make the advantage 14 points — 33-19 — heading into the final quarter of play.

  In the third, Thomas had four of the points — all coming at the freethrow line; while Chase chipped in another jumper.

  Down by 14, Switzerland County finally began to wake up offensively in the fourth, scoring 12 points to match their output of the second and third quarters combined.

  Again Thomas was the catalyst, scoring eight points on three field goals and two freethrows; while Jessie Duvall notched the scoring column with four freethrows for the remaining points.

  Charlestown didn’t let down, however, as they scored 13 points in the final period to make the final margin of victory at the buzzer 15 points, 46-31.

  Thomas had 21 to lead all scorers in the contest; while Chase had six and Jessie Duvall finished with four.

  Charlestown was led by Cochran with 20; while Peyton Crace was also in double figures with 13.