Squeezed

Southwestern’s Emily Hatton (middle) attempts to fight her way in between Switzerland County’s Nora Hankins (31) and Halle Archer (23) during the girls game in Hanover on Thursday.

Switzerland County got the balanced scoring attack it has been seeking all season and that spelled trouble for Southwestern, which was nearly powerless to stop the Pacers roll to a 67-32 win in girls basketball Thursday in Vevay.

The Pacers, who have relied on senior twin sisters Jessie and Maddie Duvall to do nearly all of their scoring, saw all 11 players in uniform score in the game with four reaching double figures.

Add to that a dominating start that saw Switzerland jump out to a 17-0 lead, and it was a good night all around for the crew from Vevay and a rough night for Southwestern.

“We were a little worried about having a slow start without a JV game and things getting a little out of routine. They definitely surprised me in a good way,” Switzerland coach Brooke Todd said. “I think we shared the ball really well. Everybody wanted to be a piece of it. Nobody cared who had the buckets. It was fun to watch.”

Because of COVID on Southwestern’s side, there was no junior varsity game which meant the varsity-only contest started at 6:45 p.m. Before the clock struck 7 p.m., the game was all but over.

Switzerland (13-4, 3-0 Ohio River Valley) turned the Rebels over and scored seemingly at will during a four-minute stretch to open the game. Southwestern finally broke the run with an Emma Long basket and the Rebels outscored Switzerland 9-4 over the rest of the quarter, but the damage had been done.

Southwestern (5-15, 1-2 ORVC) pulled to within 21-9 after the first but never got the lead under double digits. The Pacers held a 37-15 lead at halftime and a 57-28 after three quarters.

It was a disappointing performance to say the least for Southwestern coach Brian Crank, especially coming off the Rebels’ nice win over South Decatur on Saturday.

“Coming off a win on Saturday I thought that we would have a little bit more fire than we did,” Crank said. “I know we’re short-handed but once again that’s just an excuse. Just because you’re short doesn’t mean that it should affect you. This was the worst effort we’ve had all year. So hopefully it’s an anomaly. Hopefully they take it to heart and tomorrow when we come in and practice. That’s the great thing about basketball; tomorrow’s a new day.”

Maddie Duvall scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and had seven steals to lead Switzerland while Jessie Duvall had 12 points and five steals. Mackenzie Taylor had a career-high 12 points and pulled down six rebounds and Courtney Higgins had 11 points.

No Southwestern player reached double figures in scoring with Riley Scroggins leading the way with eight points.

Long had seven points and eight rebounds and Ashley Fulton and Jenny Tankersley scored six points each.

Switzerland County returns to action today when it hosts New Washington. The Pacers then head to Class A No. 4 Jac-Cen-Del on Tuesday.

Southwestern has an entire week off before traveling to South Ripley next Thursday.