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Galbreath FT gives Switz. 48-47 win
, Courier Staff Writer
Saturday, December 29, 2012 3:59 AM
WAY TO GO: Switzerland County sophomore Eve Galbreath (40) is congratulated by Brooke Todd and other teammates after hitting the game-winning free throw to beat Taylor County in the NAS Classic at Carroll County on Friday. (Staff photo by David Hill).
Switzerland County's Eve Galbreath capped a game-high 22 points by sinking the game-winning free throw with four seconds remaining, as the Lady Pacers beat Taylor County, 48-47, in the North American Stainless Tournament at Carroll County High School.
"It feels good to get this win, we needed it," said Switzerland County head coach Ashley Chase. "Our spirits were down after yesterday's loss to Gallatin County.
"I thought we did a good job executing tonight," Chase said. We played in the moment - by the textbook about as well as it can be done."
The Pacers opened with a balanced scoring attack with Galbreath, Kelsi Konkle and Hailee Lay getting in on the act. By the end of the first period, Switzerland County owned a 16-9 advantage.
It was the Lady Cardinals, coached by former Carroll County and Campbellsville University star Whitney Ballinger, who turned it on offensively during the second period. Led by the play of Shelby Johnson, Hayley Wright and Kassie Miller, Taylor County grabbed the lead and had a 29-27 edge at halftime.
The lead changed hands several times during the third period. Johnson knocked down a trey just before the buzzer to give the Cardinals a 39-35 advantage.
The battle went down to the wire in the fourth period.Taylor County held a 47-46 lead after Galbreath failed to convert a three-point play with less than two minutes left.
The Cardinals turned the ball over with 22 seconds remaining. Chase called time-out with nine seconds left to set up a final play. Konkle fired a perfect pass to Galbreath who was fouled, setting up the tying and winning free throws.
Galbreath made six of eight free throws. Todd and Konkle followed with eight points each.
Johnson, Reagan Pollock and Haley Wright scored 15, 13 and 11 points, respectively for the Cardinals.
"I thought we had a good chance to put them away," Ballinger said. "We missed a lot of easy shots, and Galbreath made some big shots when needed, including those two big free throws at the end.
"Every time we made a run at them, they would step up their game."
Ballinger will get a chance to coach against her alma mater today when Taylor County meets Carroll County at 2 p.m. Both teams will be looking for their second win.
Friday's Girls' Game
North American Stainless Tournament
SWITZERLAND CO. 48, TAYLOR CO. 47
TAYLOR CO. 9 20 10 8 - 47
SWITZERLAND 16 11 8 13 - 48
TAYLOR CO. (1-9) - Johnson 15, (g)Pollock 13, (g)Wright 11, Miller 4, (g)Shoemaker 3, Sabo 1, (f)Bailey 0, (f)Pogue 0, Lauer 0, Burress 0.
SWITZERLAND CO. (7-4) - (c)Galbreath 22, (g)Todd 8, (f)Konkle 8, (f)Lay 7, Mathews 2, (g)Ricketts 1, Parham 0, Coy 0.
3-Point Goals - Taylor Co. (5) Johnson 2, Wright 2, Pollock 1. Switzerland Co. (1) Todd 1. Total Fouls - Taylor Co. 20, Switzerland Co. 20. Free Throws - Taylor Co. 12-21, Switzerland Co. 13-21. Fouled Out - Taylor Co. Miller. Next Game - Both teams continue play in the NAS Tourney today. Taylor Co. meets Carroll Co. at 2 p.m.
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