Switzerland County closed the home portion of its regular season with a wild encounter with South Dearborn on Saturday night, winning by a final score of 74-60 in a game that saw Knight head coach Mike Brown be hit with two technical fouls and was ejected in the fourth quarter.
The game was an up and down battle all night, with both teams putting together offensive runs that resulted in high scoring.
The 74 points scored by the Pacers was the highest point total that coach Adam Dennis’ squad has scored in a game this season.
In the first quarter, Switzerland County jumped out to a 16-10 lead, led by the inside duo of Hunter Hayes, who had six points; and Justin Green, who added five more.
Dakota Fuller connected on the first of what would be five three-pointers in the game, contributing three points in that first period; while Kollin Hayes had the other two points.
South Dearborn saw John Tedesco score five points in the opener; while Hunter Brindley had a three-pointer; and Charlie Tedesco had a basket.
The second quarter saw South Dearborn made a run, tying the game at 19-19 at one point; but the Pacers withstood the run, staying calm and riding both a timely offense and a sticky defense to maintain a lead.
Austin South led the way for Switzerland County in the second, hitting three three-pointers for nine points; while Fuller had another trey; and Green hit two freethrows.
The Knights had 15 points in the period to nearly match the Switzerland County output; and at the half the Pacers held a 32-25 advantage.
The Pacers pulled away a bit more in the third, scoring 15 points while holding the Knights to just 10.
Fuller hit two more three-pointers in the stanza to lead his team; while Green had three points; and Hunter Hayes, Casper Stow, and South each chipped in another basket.
That outburst allowed Switzerland County to move out to a 12-point lead, 47-35, at the end of the third.
The final quarter was a wild one, with the Pacers scoring 27 points in that period alone; while South Dearborn scored 25 points.
Things went back and forth, but the Knights weren’t able to cut into the Pacer lead as the team’s raced up and down the floor.
Switzerland chose to pour the ball inside early in the quarter, with Green scoring five points and Hunter Hayes adding four more as South Dearborn had no answer.
Fuller continued his outside assault with his fifth three-pointer; and Zack Wainscott brought the crowd to its feet when he drilled a three-pointer and added a freethrow in his final game.
But the real action started with 5:40 to go, when Hunter Hayes and South Dearborn’s Tyler Morehead got tangled up under the Pacer basket; and Morehead ended up on the floor.
Knight coach Brown came to his feet, complaining that no foul had been assessed; and after some timely words with the referees he was hit with a technical foul; and after more words, a second technical was given, sending Brown to the locker room.
Those also sent Kollin Hayes to the freethrow line for four freethrows; and after making three of those, the Pacers held a 56-44 lead.
The final score saw Switzerland County pull off the 74-60 win.
The game was the final home contest for six seniors who have been the foundation of the team’s success: Dakota Fuller, Justin Green, Hunter Hayes, Kollin Hayes, Casper Stow, and Zack Wainscott.
In Saturday’s game, Fuller and Green led the way with 15 points each; while South had 13 points and Hunter Hayes had 12.
Kollin Hayes had seven points; Kyle Whitham had six; Wainscott had four; and Stow finished with two.
John Tedesco led South Dearborn with 22 points; and Seth Couch had 13 points.
With a final regular season tonight (Thursday) at Madison, the Switzerland County record stands at 13-8.
The Pacers will open Sectional play this Tuesday, February 28th, in the second game of the South Ripley Sectional versus Milan.
In Saturday night’s junior varsity game, Switzerland County earned a 56-38 win over South Dearborn.
Tyler Konkle had a huge game, finishing with 18 points; with nine different Pacers scoring in the contest.
Dalton Tingle had eight points; Justin Chatham and Tyler Perry each had seven points; and Coby Chase had six points.
Damian Breeck had five points; Zach Weaver and Kenyon Bledsoe had two points each; and Harrison Griffis had one point.