The Switzerland County Pacers went on the road on Saturday night with a trip to Clarksville to take on the Generals, and senior guard Kollin Hayes caught fire offensively, recording 27 points in the contest – but the Pacers couldn’t hold on at the end, falling to the Generals by a final score of 67-63.
The first quarter saw an offensive burst by each squad. The Pacers struck first from the outside, and Dakota Fuller had two early three-pointers while Kollin Hayes got his night started off with a three-pointer and a pair of freethrows. Hunter Hayes was also active in the first eight minutes, scoring twice inside to account for four points.
Clarksville responded with a run in the opening period, getting three-pointers from Benett McEwen and Charles VanWinkle to lead their charge.
When the horn sounded, Switzerland County was on top, 15-13.
The second quarter saw an offensive explosion, as the Generals would outscore the Pacers 21-17 over the span, but both teams had offensive runs that threatened to put the game away before the other bounced back.
Kollin Hayes was untouchable, as the senior guard had 13 points in the quarter by himself, including two three-pointers; three field goals; and a freethrow to complete a three-point play. Justin Green had the other points in the quarter, scoring inside and two trips for four points.
Clarksville was just as hot, getting a pair of three-pointers from Benett McEwen and eight points from Alex Taylor.
After two periods, both teams headed to the locker room with Clarksville out in front, 34-32.
The third period continued to be an offensive show, as the Pacers had 16 more points in the period while the Generals had 18 more.
Kollin Hayes stayed hot, connecting on two more three-pointers – he would have five in the game – while Austin South and Kyle Whitham also hit treys in the period. Hunter Hayes had four points on a basket and two freethrows to wrap up the third quarter scoring.
Benett McEwen had two more three-pointers of his own in the quarter, while Christian Stewart added five points and Murphy McEwen had three.
With eight minutes left to play, Clarksville was clinging to a 52-48 lead.
The fourth quarter continued to be back and forth, with the Pacers finally moving out to a lead, 57-54, with just under five minutes to play. Switzerland County continued to hold that lead for the next two minutes, when the Generals moved back in front with just over three minutes left.
Hunter Hayes had a big final quarter for Switzerland County, leading the with six points on three buckets down low; and Fuller also had the hot hand, making two more three-pointers for six points.
Clarksville was doing most of its offensive damage from the freethrow line, the Generals were 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the period (while the Pacers had just 10 freethrow attempts in the entire game).
With a minute to go, Switzerland County was back in front, but a basket with 37-seconds to go allowed Clarksville to move back in front, 64-63.
The Pacers poured the ball inside, but Clarksville pulled down a key rebound after a miss, and Switzerland County was forced to foul Stewart, sending him to the line with just 19-seconds left. He made the first and missed the second, sending the Pacers scrambling up court with a chance to tie.
But the Switzerland County attempt was off the mark again, and after Tyler Martin was fouled, he converted both of his attempts to make the final score 67-63 in favor of Clarksville.
Kollin Hayes had an incredible night for Switzerland County, finishing with 27 points; while Hunter Hayes finished with 14 points and Fuller was also in double figures with 12.
Green had four points; while South and Whitham each added three.
The Generals were led by Taylor with 17 points and Stewart with 12.
The junior varsity game was a nail-biter, with the Pacers earning a 63-61 win in overtime.
Down in the closing seconds of regulation, Damian Breeck hit a buzzer-beater that sent the game into additional time; and Switzerland County found itself down again in the overtime period when Justin Chatham grabbed the ball, raced to just over mid-court, and banked home a long three-pointer that sent the crowd and the team into a frenzy with a big win.
Cade Rider continued his outstanding play with 19 points; while Breeck finished with 18. Chatham had nine; Tyler Konkle added eight points; Landon Wilks had four; Coby Chase had three; and Kenyon Bledsoe had two.