Cold weather, cold shooting doom Pacers in 57-36 loss at Lawrenceburg


The Switzerland County Pacers continued their seven game road trip on Tuesday night, traveling to a snowy Lawrenceburg and falling to the Tigers by a final score of 57-36.

The two teams met previously this year in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic, and Lawrenceburg got the better of the Pacers that night, as well, 69-58.

The game began dead even, as both squads scored 11 points over the first eight minutes of play.

For the Pacers, Justin Green did most of the damage inside, as he connected for five points; while Caleb Furnish and Zach Whitaker each hit a three-pointer. The Tigers got five points from Jordan Houze and baskets by Curtis White, Grant Bradley, and A.J. Mueller.

Knotted at 11-11, the Tigers began to pull away a bit in the second period, as they doubled up the score on the Pacers, outscoring their guests 14-7 to take a 25-18 halftime advantage.

Kyle Whitham came off of the bench to hit a three-pointer for the Pacers; while Casper Stow added a basket and Furnish chipped in a pair of freethrows. Houze had two three-pointers to lead the Tigers in the quarter; while White added five points.

Down by seven, the Pacers couldn’t make any headway in the third quarter, as Switzerland County was outscored 13-8 coming out of the halftime break, and saw itself down by 12, 38-26, after three.

Furnish carried the scoring in the period, accounting for six of the points, including another three-pointer; while Hunter Hayes contributed an inside bucket.

Lawrenceburg had a balanced quarter, with Bradley and Adam Lang each having four points; Drew Wilson had three; and White had another basket.

The Tigers didn’t let up in the final stanza, as Lawrenceburg outscored Switzerland County 19-10 to push the final margin of victory up to 21 points.

For the Pacers Furnish had a pair of three-pointers while Whitaker added two jumpers for the team’s 10 points. Lawrenceburg got six points each from Houze and White; with Wilson adding five more and Mueller had a bucket.

Final score: Lawrenceburg 57, Switzerland County 36.

In a night where the scoring was as cold as the weather, Furnish led the Pacers with 17 points; while Whitaker finished with seven. Green had five – all in the first quarter; while Whitham had three and Stow and Hayes each added two.

The Pacers had just seven field goals on the night; but also had six three-pointers and were four-of-six from the freethrow line.

Lawrenceburg was led by Houze with 17; White with 15 and Wilson with 10.

Switzerland County now continues its road journey tomorrow (Friday) night with a trip to Shawe Memorial in Madison; and then make a visit to Brookville to challenge Franklin County on Saturday night. That will be followed by a trip to Jac-Cen-Del on Friday, February 19th; and then its off to South Dearborn on Saturday, February 20th.

The Pacers finish off the seven-game journey on Tuesday, February 23rd at Rising Sun; before closing the regular season at home on Friday, February 26th, versus Madison.

Switzerland County now stands with an overall record of 5-11.


In Tuesday night’s junior varsity game, the Pacers defeated Lawrenceburg by a score of 44-37.

Andrew Youngblood had a big night to lead Switzerland County, scoring 14 points and pulling down six rebounds. Kyle Whitham was also in double figures, as he had 10 points and three boards; and Tyler Konkle added six points to go with his nine rebounds and four assists.

Dalton Tingle had five points and three rebounds; Zack Wainscott had four points and two rebounds; Justin Chatham had three points and two rebounds; and Austin South had two points and three rebounds.