DRIVING FORCE: Switzerland County’s Brooke Todd (21) weaves through a crowd of Shawe defenders in the third quarter of the Pacers’ 45-29 win Friday night in Vevay. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
DRIVING FORCE: Switzerland County’s Brooke Todd (21) weaves through a crowd of Shawe defenders in the third quarter of the Pacers’ 45-29 win Friday night in Vevay. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
A commanding second half by freshman Brooke Todd was enough to give Switzerland County a 45-29 girls basketball victory over Shawe Memorial on Friday night.  

Todd showed no signs of shyness as she charged the hoop and kept the Hilltoppers' defense off balance. She ended the game with 18 points, all in the second half, to lift the Pacers to a win in their regular season finale.

"That's what we talked about at halftime. That it just takes one player to step up," Switzerland coach Ashley Chase said. "I thought she did exactly what we needed her to do."

Shawe (4-16, 1-5 Ohio River Valley) led 8-5 after the first quarter, aided by five points from Taylor Grote and a long two and free throw by Maddie Waller. Grote led the Hilltoppers with 11 points and hit the team's only two treys of the night.

Switzerland County's offense and defense started off sluggish. The team's first field goal of the night came with 7 seconds left in the first quarter when Makenzie Matthews collected a long rebound and banked in the putback. The home team wore pink shorts and tops for cancer awareness night.

Sophomore Eve Galbreath gave Switzerland County (9-12, 3-3 ORVC) its first lead of the game early in the second quarter with some muscle work in the paint. She finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

While the Pacers led 14-11 at halftime, it wasn't until Todd kicked into gear that the Swiss began to pull away.

Todd was fouled during a putback on a Galbreath free throw at the beginning of the third quarter. She hit the basket and the free throw to give the Pacers a 19-15 lead.

At the line with 3.9 seconds remaining in the third period, Todd struck again, giving Switzerland County two more free throws to extend its lead to 29-19.  

Then, as soon as the fourth quarter began, Todd helped pick apart the shaky Hilltopper offense and score four quick transition points.

The bang-bang plays proved to be too much for the Hilltoppers to recover from, though Shawe did score 10 points in the fourth - its best offensive quarter of the game.

Both teams had trouble controlling the ball. Shawe ended with 13 turnovers, while Switzerland County had 21.

The Pacers now face North Decatur in the opening round of sectional play at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at South Ripley High School, while the Hilltoppers play the winner of Jac-Cen-Del and Hauser in the semifinals of the Class A Sectional at Jac-Cen-Del on Friday, Feb. 8.

Chase said the Pacers need to work on hitting free throws and tightening up on defense.

"If we play like we did tonight, we won't win," Chase said. "We have been a defensive horse, and tonight we didn't look like it."

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FRIDAY'S GIRLS BOXSCORE

at Vevay

SWITZERLAND CO. 45 SHAWE 29



SWITZERLAND CO. 5 9 15 16 - 45

SHAWE 8 3 8 10 - 29



SWITZERLAND CO. (9-12, 3-3 ORVC) - Todd 18, (f)Galbreath 14, Matthews 7, (g)Lay 4, (g)Ricketts 2, Konkle 0, (g)Parham 0, Coy 0, Chitwood 0, Braun 0, (c)O'Neal 0, Campbell 0.

SHAWE (4-16, 1-5 ORVC) - (g)Grote 11, (f)Storm 6, (g)Waller 5, Goebel 4, Koehler 3, (f)Armstrong 0, Scroggins 0, (c)Moore 0, Fry 0



3-Point Goals - Switzerland Co. 1 (Mathews 1), Shawe 2 (Grote 2). Total Fouls - Switzerland Co. 11, Shawe 15. Free Throws - Switzerland Co. 12-20, Shawe 5-12. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Switzerland Co. faces North Decatur in the opening round of the Class 2A Sectional at South Ripley Tuesday. Shawe plays the Jac-Cen-Del/Hauser winner in the semifinals of the Class A Sectional at Jac-Cen-Del Friday.