The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team took to the court last Thursday, February 4th, with a home game against Clarksville. The game was designated as Senior Night, and prior to the beginning of the contest, seniors Zach Stout, Nate Geyman, and Mason Covington were honored.
The game itself got out of control early, as Clarksville opened up an 18-5 lead after the first period, but Switzerland County battled the entire way.
In that first quarter, Switzerland County got baskets from Stout and Ben Hicks, and Bryce Wrightsman also added a freethrow.
The Generals got early scoring from Jaren Starks and Dakota Capps, each of whom posted seven points in the opening stanza.
Down by 13, the Pacers battled back in the second period, outscoring the Generals 11-9 to narrow the deficit heading into the halftime break.
Hicks led the way in the second, connecting on a pair of three-pointers and a field goal for eight points; while Wrightsman drilled a three-pointer to provide the other scoring.
At the half, the Pacers trailed by a 27-16 margin.
Out of the break, the third quarter saw an offensive lull for both squads, as Clarksville outscored Switzerland County by an 8-7 margin.
The Pacers got four freethrows from Jacob Williams in the third, while Geyman hit a three-pointer.
As slowly played as the third period was, the fourth was a barn burner, with the Pacers scoring 16 points over the eight minute span — but Clarksville was also hot, scoring 17 points to pull out the win.
The fourth saw Geyman lead the way, as the senior hit his second three-pointer of the game, and added two freethrows to that for a total of five points; while Hicks had a field goal and a pair of freethrows for four points.
Williams continued doing work at the freethrow line, converting three more attempts; while Wrightsman and Austin Bosaw contributed field goals.
At the final horn, Switzerland County fell by a final score of 52-39.
Hicks finished as the leading scorer for Switzerland County in the game, tallying 14 points, and he also added a rebound and a steal.
Geyman had eight points to go along with six rebounds; and Williams finished with seven points — all at the freethrow line — and the freshman also had four rebounds.
Wrightsman had six points, three rebounds, and a steal; Bosaw had two points and a rebound; and Stout had two points and a rebound.
Capps led Clarksville with 16 points in the game; and Starks was in double figures with 14.
In Thursday night’s junior varsity game, Switzerland County fell to Clarksville by a final score of 36-29.
Leading the scoring charge for the Pacers was Dylan Sullivan with 10 points; while Aiden Griffith had six points.
Levi Curlin contributed five points; Trace Johnson had four points; and both Austin Hemingway and Canaan Johnson chipped in two points each.