Pacers can’t hold halftime lead in loss to Seymour, 59-48

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After a closely fought first half, the Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team couldn’t keep up with Seymour last Thursday night, falling by a final score of 59-48.

The Pacers held an early lead at the first quarter and halftime breaks, but the Owls rode a huge second half to earn the win.

The first quarter saw the Pacers take a 13-8 lead, with Kollin Hayes breaking out early with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. Dakota Fuller had three points in the opening stanza; while Casper Stow added a basket.

Alan Perry led Seymour with five points; while Tiller Cummings had two.

Holding a five point lead, Switzerland County kept the pressure up in the second quarter, but Seymour came back late to win the period by a 12-9 count — but the Pacers still held a 22-20 lead at the halftime break.

Kollin Hayes added four points to his total in the quarter; while Austin South had three points and Zack Wainscott had the other two on a couple of freethrows.

Perry began to heat up for Seymour in the period, accounting for six points; while Dylan Wilson chipped in four.

Up by two coming out of the break, the Pacers couldn’t stay with the Owls in the third quarter, as Seymour racked up 21 points over the eight minute span, while Switzerland County had just 10.

Kollin Hayes again had four points in the quarter; while Kyle Whitham hit a three-pointer to help the cause; Justin Green got on the board with a bucket; and Fuller accounted for another freethrow.

But Seymour saw six different players score in the quarter with Wilson scoring five points; Perry, Cummings and Tyler Bloom had four points each; while Jordan Miller and Alex Hofer each had two.

After three quarters, Seymour found itself up by nine, 41-32.

The fourth quarter saw plenty of offense, but Coach Adam Dennis’ troops couldn’t put together a run big enough to cut into the Owl advantage. The Pacers did score 16 points in the final quarter; but Seymour had 18 more to finish off the game with a final score of 59-48.

In that final stanza, Stow led the way with five points, including a three-pointer; while Whitham and Kollin Hayes each had three-pointers and Hunter Hayes got into the scoring column with three points. South added a pair of freethrows to round out the scoring.

Perry continued to do damage in the fourth, scoring 10 points while the Owls settled into a freethrow shooting zone, going 8-for-12 in the period and 17-for-27 for the contest.

Switzerland County was a perfect 3-for-3 from the line in the fourth; and were 12-for-20 for the game; leaving some points on the floor that could have pulled the Pacers closer.

Kollin Hayes was the leading scorer for the Pacers with 19 points; while Stow had seven; Whitham had six on a pair of three-pointers; and South had five.

Fuller finished with four points; Hunter Hayes added three; and Green and Wainscott each chipped in two.

Perry led Seymour with 25 points on the night.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County fell in overtime to the Owls by a final score of 54-52.

Damian Breeck led the Pacers with 16 points; while Dalton Tingle was also in double figures with 13.

Tyler Konkle and Justin Chatham each had six points; Kenyon Bledsoe had five; Coby Chase had four; and Landon Wilks added two.