After the emotion of an overtime win at home on Friday night, the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity team couldn’t match the intensity of the night before when it traveled to Elizabeth, Indiana, to play South Central on Saturday night.
It also couldn’t match a great disparity from the freethrow line, as the Rebels went to the line 28 times in the game; while the hosts weren’t very charitable to their guests, with the Pacers seeing the charity stripe only three times the entire game.
The result was the Pacers second loss of the season, falling to the Rebels by a final score of 60-45.
The game got off to a fast-paced start, with Chase Ritch connecting on two three pointers in the opening stanza; while Austin Clark added two buckets. Switzerland County also got baskets from T.J. White, Trevor Smith, and Braden Burk in the opening period, but the Rebels got quick starts from Kyle Pease (seven points in the first quarter) and Bobby Sampson (eight points in the opening quarter) – and after eight minutes of play, South Central led by a score of 17-16.
The Rebels kept up the offensive tempo in the second quarter, outscoring Switzerland County 12-9 in the period to take a 29-25 lead after one half. South Central’s Kyle Pease continued his hot play in the stanza, accounting for another seven points; while the Pacers got a basket and a freethrow from T.J. White and baskets by Trevor Smith, Braden Burk, and Alex Curran.
As explosive as the first half was, the third quarter proved to be a dud, offensively, for both squads.
Switzerland County would win the period, but only by an 8-6 count. Braden Burk and Chase Ritch each had three pointers in the quarter, and Alex Curran provided the other two points with a bucket. Kyle Pease continued his roll for the Rebels, accounting for five of South Central’s six points.
With a quarter to go, the Rebels were clinging to a two-point lead, 35-33.
The fourth quarter got away from the Pacers offensively, as South Central went on an offensive tear that Switzerland County couldn’t match. The Rebels would score 25 points over the final eight minutes; while the Pacers managed only 12.
Offensively, Trevor Smith had five points in the fourth quarter for the Pacers; while Chase Ritch connected on another three pointer, his fourth of the contest. Austin Clark and Alex Curran also had baskets.
South Central spent much of the fourth quarter at the freethrow line, as the Rebels would got 15-for-22 from the charity stripe in the final period alone. For the game, South Central was 20-for-28; while Switzerland County only saw the freethrow line three times in the entire game – converting two of those.
For the game, Switzerland County actually outscored South Central from the floor: 43-40; but the 20 points the Rebels got from the freethrow line was more than enough to get the Rebels the win, with the Pacers getting two points from the stripe on the night.
The resulting differential made the final score look worse than the game really was, but Switzerland County now heads into the Christmas break with time to rest and prepare for a showdown with South Dearborn in the opening round of the Rivertown Classic on Thursday, January 3rd.
Overall, Chase Ritch led the Pacers with 12 points on four three pointers; while Trevor Smith had nine points. Austin Clark and Alex Curran each finished with six points; while T.J. White added five points in the game.
Kyle Pease led all scorers with 29 points; while Bobby Sampson was in double figures with 18.