The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team participated in the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament last Tuesday and Wednesday, and although the Pacers came out 0-3 on the tourney, Coach Travis Wrightsman said that his troops battled the entire session.
“Overall, we struggled in the tournament,” Coach Wrightsman said. “Bryce Turner and Ben Hicks were both out with injuries in the Danville game. We struggled to make shots in all three games. I thought our kids played hard and competed in the tournament.”
Switzerland County 32
The opening round game was tough enough, drawing Class 3A #9 Danville, but without key starters Turner and Hicks, the Pacers were undermanned from the outset.
The Warriors jumped out to a 16-3 lead after the first period of play; and then extended the lead to 42-14 at the half by outscoring Switzerland County 26-11 in the second stanza.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Pacer offense didn’t find its footing, and a 20-7 quarter in favor of Danville made the score 62-21 with a period to play.
Switzerland County matched its best quarter output of the game, scoring 11 points in the fourth, but the Warriors posted 22 more points to make the final margin of victory 52 points — 84-32.
Freshman Jacob Williams led the way for the Pacers with 13 points, and he also added five rebounds and two assists.
Canaan Johnson filled in with a big game, scoring eight points and pulling down three rebounds; while Bryce Wrightsman also had a solid game, finishing with seven points, an assist, and five boards.
Nate Geyman had two points, two rebounds and an assist; and Cole Riley added two points.
Although they didn’t score in the contest, Mason Covington finished with four rebounds; Zach Stout had two assists and a rebound; and Austin Bosaw contributed an assist.
Indiana Math and Science 57
Switzerland County 51
The second game of the tournament saw the return of Hicks and Turner; and their presence was felt on both ends of the floor, as the contest was the most competitive for Switzerland County in terms of score, but the Pacers ended up falling to the Indiana Math and Science Academy by a six point margin, 57-51.
The Pacers held a lead at both the end of the first quarter —16-14; and at the half — 27-25, but the first 16 minutes had a lot of back and forth action.
Again it was the third quarter — coming out of the halftime break — that led to Switzerland County’s downfall, as the Pacers were outscored by a 13-9 margin, which flipped a two point halftime lead into a two point deficit heading into the final eight minutes of play.
That fourth quarter saw IMSA outscore Switzerland County 19-15, which accounted for the final margin of six points.
Hicks returned to lead the team in scoring with 17 points, and he also added three rebounds.
Wrightsman had a stellar game, finishing in double figures with 13 points while handing out six assists and pulling down four rebounds. Between his scoring and assists, Wrightsman accounted for nearly half of the Pacer point total.
Geyman had eight points to go with two rebounds; Williams had six points, five assists, and three rebounds; Turner finished with three points, two assists, two rebounds and a steal; Canaan Johnson had three points; and Riley added one point, five rebounds and a steal.
Bosaw had an assist and three rebounds; Covington added two rebounds.
Purdue Poly 74
Switzerland County 49
The final game of the tournament saw another strong all around effort for Switzerland County, but the Pacers saw their offense falter in the second and third quarters, which led to a 74-49 victory for the Techies.
The first quarter was evenly played, with Purdue Poly easing out to a 9-7 lead at the first break, but the Pacers couldn’t find the offense to stay with their opponents in the second period, as the Techies outscored Switzerland County 23-13 to take a 32-20 lead into the halftime break.
Needing a quick start to erase the deficit coming out of halftime, again the Pacers couldn’t find the offensive handle, and after Purdue Poly outscored them again by a 10-point margin — 22-12, the teams entered the final period of play with Switzerland County trailing by a score of 54-32.
The Pacer offense found its footing in the fourth period, scoring 17 points, but Purdue Poly posted 20 points in the stanza to pull away even more, ending the game with a 25-point margin.
Hicks had a big game, leading Switzerland County in scoring with 13 points, and the junior also added three assists, four rebounds and three steals to the tally.
Turner posted seven points to go along with three rebounds, three steals, and an assist; with Geyman had six points, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Williams continued his outstanding play in the tournament, posting six points while pulling down six rebounds and adding two assists and a steal; Cole Riley had four points and two rebounds; and Wrightsman had three points, two rebounds and a steal.
Bosaw finished with three points, and assist and a steal; and Covington had one point to go with two rebounds and a steal.
Zach Stout also contributed an assist in the effort.
The Pacers, now sporting an overall record of 2-9, head into play in the Rivertown Classic Tournament tonight (Thursday) when they will take on rival Rising Sun in the second game at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Shiners defeated the Pacers on December 11th by a score of 49-41, so Switzerland County will be looking for some revenge in an effort to move on to the championship game this Saturday.
The boys consolation and championship games will be played at South Dearborn High School this Saturday, with the opening game set for 6 p.m. Due to COVID guidelines, admission to the tournament is heavily restricted.