Switzerland beats Jac-Cen-Del 43-39 to remain perfect in girls ORVC play
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:00 AM
Switzerland County remained unbeaten in the Ohio River Valley Conference with a come-from-behind 43-39 victory over Jac-Cen-Del Tuesday in Vevay.
CONFERENCE VICTORY: Switzerland County’s Eve Galbreath (photo below) goes up for a shot over Jac-Cen-Del’s Brianna Volz and the Pacers’ Erika Coy (photo above, left) and Hailee Lay were pretty pleased toward the end of the Pacers’ come-from-behind-win in Vevay. (Staff photos by David Hill)
The Lady Pacers (7-9, 2-0 ORVC) trailed 15-8 after one quarter and 27-20 at halftime before deciding to tune up their game in the second half. Switzerland County went on to outscore its opponent 23-12 in the second half.
"This was a much-needed win for us," Switzerland County coach Ashley Chase said. "I was proud of the energy and enthusiasm we displayed in the second half.
"I know winning the conference is a step-by-step process and tonight's win was step one."
Jac-Cen-Del used a balanced attack during the first quarter to gain a first-quarter lead. Jenna Hughes and Crista Roberts knocked down 3-pointers and Brianna Volz added four points. Switzerland County's Mercedes Parham, who led her team with 12 points, hit her first of three treys in the opening quarter.
A pair of 3-pointers by Parham and one by Brooke Todd allowed Switzerland County to stay in the game during the second quarter. A Parham trey and a deuce by Todd brought the Pacers to within seven (27-20) at intermission.
Switzerland County's defense started causing Jac-Cen-Del's offense fits midway through the third quarter. The Pacers came up with key steals and forced the Eagles into turnovers.
"We had some key stops with our full court trap defense," Chase said.
While Jac-Cen-Del was missing several inside shots, Switzerland County was climbing back into the contest on the strength of a pair of treys by freshman Mackenzie Mathews, who brought her team to within 32-30 in the final minute.
The Pacers tied the score at 32 on a pair of free throws by Hailee Lay but the Eagles re-took the lead after time had expired when Erika Coy was hit with a technical foul and JCD's Brianna Volz hit a free throw.
Jac-Cen-Del took a three-point lead at the start of the fourth period before the Pacers' Eve Galbreath scored following an Eagle turnover. Bre Ricketts scored to give the Swiss a 36-35 advantage with 4:03 remaining and Parham added a basket for a 38-35 Pacers' lead with 2:44 left.
The Eagles took their final lead of the game (39-38) with just over a minute remaining when Volz hit a basket and Sydney Keene sank a pair of free throws.
A basket by Galbreath with 1:04 remaining gave Switzerland County the lead for good. The Pacers were able to hold off the Eagles despite a sub-par 1-for-8 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
"I thought Eve (Galbreath) had a nice game tonight," Chase said. "Anytime we're able to get the ball in to her, she makes things happen."
The Pacers return to action Thursday as they visit Oldenburg Academy.
TUESDAY'S GIRLS GAME
SWITZERLAND CO. 43,
JAC-CEN-DEL 15 12 6 6 - 39
SWITZERLAND CO. 8 12 12 11 - 43
JAC-CEN-DEL (6-9, 1-1 ORVC) - (g)Keene 10, (c)Volz 9, (g)Hughes 8, (f)Ronsheim 6, (f)Roberts 3, Bruns 2, Day 1, Wagner 0, Menchhofer 0.
SWITZERLAND CO. (7-9, 2-0 ORVC) - Parham 12, (g)Todd 10, (c)Galbreath 9, Mathews 6, (f)Ricketts 2, (f)Konkle 2, (g)Lay 2, Coy 0.
3-Point Goals - Jac-Cen-Del 3 (Hughes 2, Roberts 1), Switzerland Co. 6 (Parham 3, Mathews 2, Todd 1). Total Fouls - Jac-Cen-Del 14, Switzerland Co. 15. Free Throws - Jac-Cen-Del 8-16, Switzerland Co. 7-15. Fouled Out - None. Technical Foul - Switzerland Co.: Coy. Next Game - Jac-Cen-Del visits Rising Sun Saturday, Switzerland Co. visits Oldenburg Academy Thursday.