1/23/2014 3:00:00 PM Three in double figures lead Lady Pacers to win over New Washington, 59-46
The Switzerland County Lady Pacers, fresh off of their Rivertown Classic championship, ran their overall record to 8-5 on Saturday afternoon with a 59-46 win over New Washington.
The game was physical and demanding, but with Switzerland County's Eve Galbreath, Brooke Todd, and Makenzie Mathews all scoring in double figures, the Lady Pacers were able to fend off the visiting Lady Mustangs.
Eve Galbreath got things rolling with an inside basket, and when she then converted a three-point play, Switzerland County had a quick 5-0 lead. New Washington responded, going on a run of seven straight points to take the lead; but the Lady Pacers came back with a basket from Eve Galbreath, two freethrows by Kelsi Konkle, and a basket by Brooke Todd to jump back on top by an 11-7 count.
New Washington's Ashley Johnson then scored; but another Eve Galbreath bucket gave Switzerland County a 13-9 lead at the first break.
The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the Lady Pacers getting a freethrow by Eve Galbreath and New Washington getting a basket by Lexie James. Bre Ricketts then converted a three-point play; and after Ashley Johnson score for the Lady Mustangs, Makenzie Mathews hit a three-pointer that gave Switzerland County a 20-13 advantage.
New Washington answered, going on a run of six straight points on a basket and a pair of freethrows by Ashley Johnson and a jumper by Shelby Haymaker. That drew the Lady Mustangs to within one, 20-19.
Kelsi Konkle calmly made two freethrows to stop that run, but New Washington got another basket from Ashley Johnson to stay close.
Brooke Todd then took over, converting a freethrow and a basket in the closing seconds, and the first half ended with Switzerland County in front, 25-21.
New Washington opened the third quarter on a hot streak, with Brooke Abbott making a freethrow. When the second attempt missed, the Lady Mustangs grabbed the rebound, and when Emilee Holloway's three-pointer found the range, the game was suddenly tied at 25-25.
The Lady Pacers went back to work, getting baskets from Brooke Todd and Makenzie Mathews to again take the lead; but New Washington got a basket from Ashley Johnson and a freethrow from Haley Tye to get back within one.
Brooke Todd then hit a three-pointer to give Switzerland County some breathing room; and after Haley Tye scored for the Lady Mustangs, another bucket from Brooke Todd closed the third quarter with the Lady Pacers still in front, 34-30.
Switzerland County then went on a run to open the final stanza, riding the outstanding inside play by Eve Galbreath. The Lady Pacers would outscore New Washington 7-2 over the first three minutes of the period, with five of those coming from Eve Galbreath and Makenzie Mathews hitting a key jumper.
Now down nine, Ashley Johnson hit an long three-pointer to narrow the gap, but again the Lady Pacers went inside to Eve Galbreath, and the Lady Mustangs had no answer.
The Lady Pacer center made two straight buckets to swell the lead up to 10; and after Lexie James score for New Washington, Switzerland County got four straight points from Makenzie Mathews to take the lead to 12.
Emilee Holloway made another three-pointer, but Brooke Todd converted a pair of freethrows. New Washington then got three straight points; but again Brooke Todd made two freethrows. Lexie James made two freethrows from New Washington, but down the stretch the Lady Pacers simply converted all of their key freethrows as the Lady Mustangs were forced to foul, and Courtney Pedraza's basket at the horn sealed the win for Switzerland County, 59-46.
Eve Galbreath led all scorers with 19 points on the day, while Brooke Todd finished with 16 and Makenzie Mathews added 12.
Kelsi Konkle had four points; Bre Ricketts had three; Mercedes Parham and Courtney Pedraza had two each; and Hailee Lay had one.
New Washington was led by Ashley Johnson with 17 points; and Shelby Haymaker was in double figures with 13.
Weather permitting, Switzerland County will host Oldenburg Academy tonight (Thursday); and will then travel to play at Carroll County this Saturday, with the junior varsity game starting at 2 p.m.
The game at Jac-Cen-Del scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to winter weather. That game will now be made up as an afternoon affair on Saturday, February 1st, with the junior varsity game starting at noon.
The junior varsity Lady Pacers ran their record to 11-2 overall with a 27-26 win over New Washington.
McKayli Scudder was the leading scorer with 10 points; while Whitley Schirmer finished with nine and Taylar Jordan had four.
Baylie Scudder and Courtney Pedraza each had two points in the win.