Led by Justin Green’s 25 points, the Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team picked up a non-conference win last Thursday night with a 66-58 over Scottsburg.
The senior center was dominant in the paint all night long, recording 11 field goals to go along with 4-of-5 shooting from the freethrow line to control the game inside.
The first quarter was a hot one for both squads, with Switzerland County posting a season-high 27 points in the opening stanza; while Scottsburg had 22.
Senior Hunter Hayes led the way for the Pacers in the first period, recording eight points -including two slam dunks. Green had six points; Kollin Hayes had seven points including a three-pointer; Dakota Fuller hit a three-pointer; and Casper Stow added a field goal.
Mitchell Meagher led the Warriors in the first quarter with nine points, including two field goals, two freethrows, and a three-pointer; while Casey Smith had six points on a pair of three-pointers.
Up by five, Switzerland County’s offense continued to roll in the second quarter, scoring 15 points; but Scottsburg was a bit hotter in the quarter, scoring 18 points to go to the half with the Pacers leading, 42-40.
The second quarter saw Coach Adam Dennis’ team continued to control the inside, with Green adding six more points; as did Hunter Hayes. Outside, Kollin Hayes hit his second three-pointer of the contest.
Smith was again big offensively for the Warriors in the second, accounting for 10 points, including two more three-pointers; while Meagher had another five.
The third quarter saw Scottsburg take the lead, outscoring the Pacers by a 13-10 count to go up 53-52 with one period to play.
In the third, Fuller was hot, connecting on his second three-pointer of the game and adding a field goal for five points;. Green continued his steady inside play with four more points; and Hunter Hayes added a freethrow.
Mitchell Prince did the damage for the Warriors in the third, scoring seven points; while Nick Sebasto had four.
Finding themselves down by a point with eight minutes to go, Switzerland County revved up the offense and got back to a shut down defense, outscoring their hosts by a 14-5 count to pull away and earn the win.
Again it was Green down low with the damage, as he had nine points in the quarter – four field goals and a freethrow – proving to be unstoppable against the Scottsburg defense.
The rest of the Pacer points in the quarter came from a field goal by Fuller, two freethrows from Kyle Whitham, and a freethrow by Hunter Hayes.
The big final quarter proved to be the answer, as the Pacers eased away and recorded an eight-point margin of victory, 66-58.
Along with Green’s 25 points, the senior also hauled down eight rebounds and two steals in the game, earning him ‘Player of the Week’ honors in the Ohio River Valley Conference.
Hunter Hayes finished with 16 points and also had eight rebounds; while Kollin Hayes had 11 points and Fuller made it four in double figures, as he finished with 10. Stow and Whitham each added two points to the total.
Scottsburg was led by Meagher with 19 points; and Smith had 16 points.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County fell by a final score of 50-47.
Leading the scoring attack for the Pacers in the jayvee game was Tyler Konkle with 16 points; while Damian Breeck had 13 points and Dalton Tingle finished with nine.
Justin Chatham added four; Kenyon Bledsoe had three; and Cade Rider chipped in two.