3/6/2014 3:00:00 PM Pacers complete perfect home
schedule with win over Madison
The Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team wrapped up the most successful season, in terms of winning percentage, in school history on Friday night with a 59-56 victory over rival Madison. The Pacers completed their regular season with an overall record of 17-3, and moved on to the Southwestern Class 2A Sectional, where they are looking to defend their championship. Here, junior Ben Curran scores against Madison. Photo by Tammy Hayes.
The Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team completed a perfect home season for the second straight year on Friday night with a 59-56 victory over state-ranked Madison.
Switzerland County came into the game ranked #14 in Class 2A; while Madison was zeroing in on the top 10 of Class 3A.
Regardless of ranking and record, it was a battle between two rivals.
The first quarter was dead even, as both squads scored 11 points.
Austin Clark was hot out of the box for the Pacers, scoring six points; while Tyler Gabbard added a three-pointer and T.J. White also had a basket inside.
Madison got five points from Carson Wattenbarger and four from Kyle Tucker, with Tyler Manaugh converting a pair of freethrows.
Madison made a run in the second quarter, outscoring the Pacers 14-8 on the strength of five points each (a three-pointer and a field goal) from Willie Huffman and Nick Macon; with Carson Wattenbarger and Tyler Manaugh each contributing a field goal.
Quiet in the first half was Cub star Landon Perry, who was held scoreless on the strength of outstanding Switzerland County defense.
Tyler Gabbard hit another three-pointer for the Pacers; while Ben Curran also had a field goal. The rest of the Switzerland County points in the quarter came at the freethrow line, with T.J. White making two and Nate Hunter making one.
At the half, the Cubs held a 25-19 lead.
Switzerland County made a big run in the third quarter to get right back in the game.
Austin Clark, who was careful in the second quarter after picking up his second foul, fueled the burst; accounting for eight points in the stanza, including a three-pointer, two field goals and a freethrow.
Tyler Gabbard made his third three-pointer - one in each quarter - and T.J. White had two field goals inside. Nate Hunter and Chase Ritch also had two-pointers.
As quiet as Landon Perry was for Madison in the first half, the senior started to heat up in the second half.
He scored seven points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer; and after three quarters, Madison was still in front, but was clinging to a one-point lead, 39-38.
The Pacer offense continued to roar in the final eight minutes, having its biggest quarter of the contest. Switzerland County scored 21 points in the fourth - and pulled away from the Cubs for the win.
Chase Ritch was the big weapon in the fourth, scoring eight points in the quarter, including a three-pointer, a field goal, and three freethrows.
Austin Clark also battled inside, accounting for four points on a field goal and a pair of charities. Riley Phagan had four points in the quarter; as did T.J. White; and Ben Curran chipped in a point.
Landon Perry had 10 points in the fourth quarter for Madison.
Final score: Switzerland County 59, Madison 56.
Austin Clark led all scorers with 18 points; T.J. White battled his way inside all night to add 12 points; and Chase Ritch had 10 second half points to also finish in double figures.
Tyler Gabbard had nine on three three-pointers; Riley Phagan had four; while Nate Hunter and Ben Curran had three points.
The Pacers had 15 field goals on the night to go along with five three-pointers. They were also 14-for-26 from the freethrow line.
Madison was led by Landon Perry, who had 17 points, all in the second half; while Nick Macon and Carson Wattenbarger each added 11.
The win ends the Switzerland County regular season with an overall record of 17-3 - which is the best season in terms of winning percentage in school history.
The junior varsity wrapped up its season with a 61-45 loss to Madison.
Hunter Hayes led Switzerland County with 21 points and six rebounds; while both Caleb Furnish and Kollin Hayes added seven points each.
Justin Green had four points and seven rebounds; Zach Whitaker had three points; and Brody Splain, James Crabtree, and Alessandro Famulari each added one point.