Pacers can’t overcome slow start in loss to New Washington, 60-46

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The Switzerland County Pacers traveled to New Washington on Friday night, and after a long bus ride, the Pacers couldn’t overcome a slow start, poor first quarter shooting, and arctic cold freethrow shooting, and fell to the Mustangs by a final score of 60-46.

The game was decided in the first eight minutes, as New Washington outscored the Pacers 13-2 in the first quarter. The only Switzerland County bucket came from Casper Stow.

New Washington continued to pull away in the second quarter, posting 20 points in the period while Switzerland County got rolling a bit offensively, scoring 12 points.

In that quarter, Stow had a three-pointer; Dakota Fuller and Kollin Hayes each had three points on a field goal and a freethrow; Hunter Hayes had a basket; and Justin Green added a freethrow.

Zach Moore had a big period for New Washington, hitting a three-pointer and a pair of field goals for seven points; and Brandon Horton had five points on a field goal and a three-pointer.

At the half, the Mustangs were out in front by a score of 33-14.

After the break, the third quarter was a closer contest, with Switzerland County again scoring 12 points while their hosts added 14 more.

Hunter Hayes had four points in the period; while Stow had another three-pointer; Kollin Hayes had three freethrows; and Fuller had a basket.

Down by 21 with just one period to play, Switzerland County found a spark in the fourth, scoring 20 points while holding the Mustangs to just 13; but it wasn’t enough to dig out of the big hole that the Pacers put themselves in over the first three stanzas.

Freshman Damian Breeck led the way in the fourth for Switzerland County, scoring five points on a field goal and a three-pointer; while Austin South had two baskets for four points. Tyler Konkle connected on a three-pointer for Switzerland County; and Stow also had three points in the period of a basket and a freethrow. Fuller had a bucket and a freethrow for three points; and Zack Wainscott had a basket for two points.

The final score saw New Washington snap Switzerland County’s three game winning streak with a 60-46 victory.

Stow was the leading scorer for the Pacers with 11 points; while Fuller added eight. Kollin Hayes and Hunter Hayes each had six; Breeck finished with five; South four; Konkle three; Wainscott two; and Green had one.

Switzerland County continued to struggle from the freethrow line, making just eight of 20 attempts in the game.

The Mustangs were led by Moore with 19 points; while Horton and Stevie Mack each had 14.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County lost to New Washington by a score of 42-40.

For the Pacers, Damian Breeck had 10 points; with Dalton Tingle and Cade Rider each adding eight points. Tyler Konkle had seven; Kenyon Bledsoe had four; and Justin Chatham accounted for three points.