Lady Pacers notch first win 58-38 at Rising Sun
Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:00 AM
Switzerland County used a big second quarter to pull away from Rising Sun and an even bigger fourth quarter to slam the door shut on the Shiners en route to a 58-38 win Friday night in Rising Sun.
The Pacers and Shiners entered Friday's matchup winless on the season in a combined five games but Switzerland made no mistake about which was the better team in Friday's non-conference battle of Ohio River Valley Conference rivals.
The Pacers (1-3) and Shiners (0-3) felt each other out over the first quarter with the Swiss leading 14-6 before the Rising Sun mounted a 7-0 run to close the quarter and trail 14-13.
The Swiss then sprinted away from Rising Sun in the second period, outscoring the hosts 16-3 to take a 30-16 cushion into halftime. Rising Sun mounted a big rally late in the third quarter and to start the fourth that cut the Pacers' lead to six at 38-32 before Switzerland County slammed the Shiners down the stretch to pull away to the 20-point win.
The two teams were fairly equal from the field but the Pacers were lights-out at the free-throw line, making 27-of-34 from the stripe to 11-of-20 by the Shiners.
Switzerland County also took much better care of the ball, making just four turnovers by halftime and only 11 for the game while the Shiners had 15 first half turnovers and 24 miscues on the night. Rising Sun did outrebound the Pacers 34-24 including 17 off the offensive glass.
Sophomore guard Brooke Todd led the Pacers with 18 points - including 16-of-17 form the foul line - despite playing part of the second quarter with three fouls and all of the second half in foul trouble. Rising Sun's Sydney Willhite, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, led all scorers with 21 points.
Todd and Willhite, however, were the only players for either team in double figures.
The Pacers' Eve Galbreath scored nine while Makenzie Mathews added eight and Bre Ricketts had seven. Kelsi Konkle scored six, Mercedes Parham added five and Erika Coy had four.
Amber Sporleder scored five for Rising Sun followed by Erin Webb and Bailey Baker with four points each to go with two points each by Whitney Chipman and Tiffany Vinup.