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Late comeback falls short as Lady Pacers fall to Madison, 45-44

The late comeback falls short as Lady Pacers falls 45-44 to Madison

The Switzerland County collegiate basketball team Lady Pacer hosted Madison Friday night, and after the Lady Cubs pulled out a small lead in a close game, Switzerland County’s late comeback fell just short.

Madison won with a final score of 45-44.

The game started with Madison’s Cameron Cahall hitting the inside; but that was quickly countered by a bucket from Halle Archer for Switzerland County. Madison’s Alaina Kelley converted two free throws to give Madison the lead again; but Archer drilled a three-pointer to give the Lady Pacers their first lead in the contest.

The game went back and forth from there as both defenses slowed attacks, but Madison got baskets from Juliana Davis and Cadence Traylor to regain the lead with 11 seconds left.

Switzerland County drew closer when Macy Collier hit a short jumper on the buzzer and the first quarter ended in an 8-7 score for the Lady Cubs.

Collier then opened the second period with a traditional three-point play to give the Lady Pacers a two-point lead. but Davis hit a jumper to tie the game at 10-10.

Molly Wrightsman made a free throw; but the seesaw battle continued when Caity Dailey scored for Madison.

Kenzie Taylor put Switzerland County back in front with a three-pointer; but again the game was tied at 14-14 when Breck Ralston scored inside.

Archer converted a free throw; but Ralston countered that with a three. Archer then scored again and the teams went into half-time tied 17-17.

Madison started the second half with Cahall making a traditional three-point play; and after Archer scored for Switzerland County; Cahall hit a jumper to hold Madison by three.

Collier hit a jumper to pull the Lady Pacers on one; but Madison got a free throw from Kelley, a bucket from Casey Dyer, and another free throw from Kelley to forge a 26-21 advantage with 1:24 left in the period.

Switzerland County responded with a three-point play from Courtney Higgins to go to two; but the Lady Cubs ended the quarter with a basket from Dyer and a free throw from Cahall to end the third quarter with a 29-24 five-point lead from Madison.

With eight minutes left, Madison opened the fourth with a bucket from Davis to give the Lady Cubs their biggest lead of the night, seven points, 31-24.

Taylor then converted two free throws to retrieve Switzerland County within five; but a Cahall free throw and a Dyer basket gave Madison a 34-26 lead with six minutes remaining.

Archer then converted a three-point play, but that was negated on the scoreboard by a three-pointer from Kelley.

Still trailing by eight, Switzerland County started their climb with a basket from Taylor and a bucket from Bri Stow to cut the deficit in half.

Cahall snapped that run with a basket; but Higgins matched that with a runner in the wake. Cahall scored again; Taylor made a free throw for Switzerland County; and Kelley made two free throws for the Lady Cubs, and with 2:20 left, Madison had a 43-36 advantage.

Switzerland County’s comeback began with a Higgins free throw, and moments later, when Taylor missed the second of two free throws, strong defensive play resulted in a saved ball and Switzerland County captured the ball, five minutes, 1:13 behind back before the end.

Collier hit a jumper to close the gap to three; and after Taylor made a basket with 21 seconds left, Madison held on to a 43-42 lead.

Cahall then made two free throws with 16 seconds left for the Lady Cubs; and when Collier made another jump five seconds into the game, there wasn’t enough time and the buzzer sounded, and Madison clung to a final score of 45-44.

Archer finished the game with 13 points leading Switzerland County, and she also had five rebounds and three assists.

Collier had 11 points, five rebounds and one assist; Taylor also had 11 points along with two rebounds and two assists.

Higgins finished with six points, two rebounds and two assists; Stow had two points, three rebounds, and two assists; and Wrightsman had a point.

Cahall led Madison by 15 points; while Dyer and Davis each had six.

Rebounds played a big part in the game, with Madison winning the rebound fight 41-21. The Lady Cubs were particularly dominant in offensive rebounds, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds while Switzerland County had just five.

The game was a homecoming of sorts as Adam Dennis, former Switzerland County boys’ varsity coach, returned to Vevay from Madison as the girls’ varsity coach; against Lady Pacer coach Brooke Todd, who had a distinguished career as a Lady Pacer player.

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Madison also won the junior varsity game by a score of 38-30.

Switzerland County was led by Isabella Breeck with nine points; while Terra Oeffinger added five points.

Molly Wrightsman and Carlee Boggs each had three points; while Lauren Smith, Claire Rogers, Addie Kelso, Maddie Levell and Allena Weaver contributed two each.

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