More than six minutes into last Wednesday's home matchup against Switzerland County, the three-win Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters were shutting out the Lady Pacers, winners of 10 of their last 12 games.

Although the great 14-0 start evaporated by halftime on the strength of a 24-7 Switz run, the Twisters recovered to pull off a 44-39 victory.
After the Pacers' Maddy Duvall found Mackenzie Taylor for a bucket early in the fourth quarter, the scoreboard read 29-29. Senior Emma Weberding continued her hot second half with a score to put OA up for good at 31-29.

Out of a Pacer timeout, Oldenburg finished off a tidy 7-0 run. Sophomore Ellie Ryan cleaned up her own miss and later hit a jump shot to make it 36-29 with 3:46 remaining on the clock; she would end the contest with a game-high 19 points.

A field goal by Hannah Hayes and a three by Courtney Higgins brought the Pacers within 36-34 and led to a timeout called by OA coach Eric Feller. Taylor then had a forgettable stretch as she went to the free throw line on three occasions; the sophomore missed all six attempts and by the time Duvall hit two foul shots with 34.3 seconds left, OA held a 42-36 lead.

Ryan picked up two more off a loose ball after a no-call collision and scored again with 1:18 to play to make it 40-34. Kate Weber missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Weberding was there for the rebound and made her two ensuing charities.
Ashley Borgman scored on a runout and Jesse Duvall hit a late three for the guests to wrap things up.

The early success didn't come right away as neither team could find the basket in the opening two-plus minutes. Then, with 5:43 showing, Borgman put one in off the glass for a 2-0 lead.

OA would convert six more times from the field before Switzerland got on the board. Weber assisted Ryan on back-to-back possessions, followed by Weberding scoring twice on the block for a 10-0 advantage and SC timeout at 2:18.

Junior Hannah Haverkos got the roll in the paint and Ryan connected on a 10-footer off a Rachel Lamping pass. Facing the two-touchdown deficit, SC finally went to work on offense.

Macy Collier scored on an inbound play and M. Duvall hit a triple. Ryan calmly answered with her own trey late in the frame to put OA up 17-6.
Borgman also scored the first points of the second period and the Twisters still led by 13. A 6-0 run by the Pacers led to an OA timeout at 3:46. A Haverkos steal and score briefly made it 21-12 before SC ended the half on a furious 12-0 string. The Duvalls each hit long 2-pointers and then each hit 3s as the clock went under a minute. J. Duvall stepped inside the arc for a buzzer beater and 24-21 lead at the break.

Weberding started her 11-point half with two FTs and a finish of a Weber assist. The lead changed hands twice more as Weber again fed Weberding (27-26). It was 27-all going into the fourth. Weberding assisted Ryan to begin scoring in the last chapter. Weberding finished with 15; J. Duvall paced the Pacers the 14 and Maddy added 11.

SC (11-3) – M. Duvall 11 (2 3s), J. Duvall 14 (2 3s), Weaver 2, Taylor 4, Hayes 2, Higgins 4 (3), Collier 2
OA (4-8) – Weberding 15, Borgman 6, Ryan 19 (3), Haverkos 4
At Waldron (Dec. 30)
At Waldron Thursday, the Lady Twisters ran into a top-3 team in Class A and left nursing a 56-15 loss. OA had just six points through the first three frames and hung a zero in the second quarter. By halftime, the score read 34-2.
OA (4-9) will tip off a girl-boy doubleheader at the Feldhaus Friday as Madison Shawe Memorial visits.