8th grade boys basketball team wins Jefferson County Tourney

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An eighth grade basketball team from Switzerland County participated in the Jefferson County Sports Boys Tournament on Saturday, February 16th, and returned home with the tourney championship.

The Pacers began play as part of ‘Pool C’, along with Madison and Franklin County.

– In the first game, Switzerland County defeated Madison by a score of 47-46.

Kollin Hayes led the Pacers with 19 points in the game; while Dakota Fuller was also in double figures, finishing with 11. Justin Green nine points in the game; Hunter Hayes had seven points; and Brody Splain chipped in one point.

– In the second ‘Pool’ game, the Pacers beat Franklin County by a score of 44-25.

Kollin Hayes again led the way with 13 points; while both Hunter Hayes and Dakota Fuller each added eight points. Brody Splain had seven points; Justin Green had four points; and Mason Spurlock and Josh Johnson each had two points.

After ‘Pool’ play, the teams were then seeded into brackets, and those games were played on Sunday, February 17th.

– In the first round of bracket play, Switzerland County defeated North Decatur 42-14.

Dakota Fuller had 19 points in the contest to lead the Pacers, and Hunter Hayes was also in double figures, as he finished with 10 points. Brody Splain had six points; Kollin Hayes had four points; and Mason Spurlock had three points.

– In the second round on Sunday, the Pacers took on Austin, winning by a 55-25 count.

Hunter Hayes had a game high 18 points to lead all scorers in the game, while Dakota Fuller’s 12 points also placed him in double figures. Brody Splain had nine points; Kollin Hayes had eight points; Justin Green had six points; and Josh Johnson had two points.

– The win over Austin placed Switzerland County in the finals, where the Pacers defeated East Central 38-19 to earn the title.

Justin Green was the Pacers’ leading scorer in the championship game with 13 points; and Kollin Hayes also was in double figures, as he added 10. Hunter Hayes had eight points; Dakota Fuller had five points; and Brody Splain contributed two points.

Larry Gault was the team’s coach.