Austin South scores 15 to lead Pacers to big win over Hilltoppers

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The Switzerland County Pacers jumped out early and never looked back on Friday night, using a strong defense to dismantle Shawe Memorial by a final score of 55-24.

The first half was a mismatch, with both quarters being won by the Pacers by a 13-4 count.

Dakota Fuller did big damage early on offense, hitting three three-pointers in the first quarter; while Justin Green added the other four points as he patrolled the paint.

The second quarter also saw a 13-4 margin, and in the second junior Austin South took over offensively, scoring eight points; while Zack Wainscott had three points and Fuller had another bucket.

At the half, Switzerland County was firmly in control, 26-8.

The Hilltoppers had limited scoring, with Chris Grote having all four points in the first quarter; while Schuyler Edwards had all of the Shawe points in the second quarter.

The third period saw nearly another duplicate of the first two, as after halftime the Pacers outscored Shawe by a 14-4 score.

Green continued his dominance inside with six more points; while Casper Stow, South, Wainscott, and Kyle Whitham each contributed two points.

Shawe Memorial had Chandler Cole and Ethan Stewart each contribute a basket; and after three periods, the Pacers were firmly in control, 40-12.

The final eight minutes saw Switzerland County coach Adam Dennis continue to substitute liberally in order to get all of his bench some playing time; and the offense continued to roll, scoring 15 points in the fourth while the Hilltoppers doubled their scoring total, posting 12 points in the period.

Dalton Tingle had six points for Switzerland County in the fourth; while South had five more. Wainscott contributed three more points; and Damian Breeck had a freethrow.

At the final buzzer, the Pacers continued their march towards a possible conference championship with a 55-24 victory.

South led all scorers with 15 points in the game; while Fuller had 11 and Green made it three in double figures, as he added 10 points.

Wainscott finished with eight points; Tingle had six; Whitham and Stow each contributed two; and Breeck chipped in one. Green and Tyler Konkle each led the way on the boards with eight rebounds each; while Stow and Hunter Hayes each had four assists.

Edwards had nine points for the Hilltoppers, and Chandler Cole had seven.

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The junior varsity game was also a blowout, with the Pacers winning by a final score of 75-24.

Zac Weaver was the leading scorer in the game for Switzerland County, finishing with 17 points; while he was joined in double figures by teammates Cade Rider with 11; Coby Chase with 10; and Harrison Griffis with 10.

Kenyon Bledsoe had nine points on three three-pointers; Dalton Tingle had six; Landon Wilks added five; Tyler Perry had three; and both Justin Chatham and Damian Breeck had two points.