Pacers continue conference run with 65-44 victory over Rising Sun

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Led by Travis Tackett’s 16 first half points, the Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team broke out to an early lead and then pulled away for a 21-point victory over rival Rising Sun last Friday night.

Switzerland County broke out quickly, scoring seven straight points on a basket by Travis Tackett, a pair of freethrows from Tray Meyer; and a three-pointer by Keegan Kincaid that forced Shiner coach Jason McDaniel into a quick timeout to settle his charges.

Chris Kaeser came out of the break and converted a three-point play to get Rising Sun on the board; but Switzerland County got a three-pointer from Travis Tackett, a freethrow from Brennan Bragg, and a jumper by Travis Tackett to pull away to a quick 13-3 advantage.

Alex Dennis made a three-pointer for Rising Sun to keep things close; but Brennan Bragg closed the first stanza with an inside basket, and after eight minutes of play Switzerland County held a 15-6 lead.

Rising Sun opened the second period with a basket; but Travis Tackett quickly countered that with a three-point play to extend the lead back to 10. The Shiners then got baskets by Ryan Lozier and a three-pointer from Josh Uhlmansiek to get back within five.

Travis Tackett scored again to stop the Shiner run; and Josh Hon added to the lead moments later when he made a steal and cruised in for a layup. Travis Tackett capped an outstanding first half with two more buckets to run his first half scoring total to 16; and the teams headed to the halftime break with Switzerland County in control, 26-13.

Things appeared to be headed towards a blowout when Keegan Kincaid opened the third quarter with a jumper and a three-pointer to push the lead to 18; but no one takes anything for granted when these two schools get together on the basketball court; and Rising Sun responded with an offensive run of its own.

The Shiners got seven straight points to fuel a 13-4 run that got the home team back to within nine at 35-26; but again it was the Pacers’ turn to respond.

Switzerland County gathered itself offensively and poured the ball inside to senior Brennan Bragg, who was unstoppable underneath, either converting baskets or freethrows if Rising Sun chose to foul him. Brennan Bragg ran off a streak of seven straight points; and Noah Hughes beat the third period buzzer, and after three rounds of action, Switzerland County held a 42-29 lead.

Rising Sun climbed back to within 10 on another three-pointer by Alex Dennis to open the final quarter; but again Travis Tackett got free and drained a jumper. Ryan Lozier scored inside for Rising Sun; but Travis Tackett again answered the challenge with a pair of freethrows.

The back and forth battle continued, as Rising Sun’s Kriegh Liggett scored, but Tray Meyer answered that with a jumper from the baseline.

With 4:32 to play, the Shiners got a pair of freethrows from Ryan Lozier; but that would lead to a two minute span where Switzerland County kicked its offense back into high gear, running off nine straight points as part of a 14-2 run that made the outcome clear.

Freethrows played a big part in the outburst, as the Pacers made 6-for-8 attempts over the stretch, with Travis Tackett converting on all four of his attempts, while Keegan Kincaid and Tray Meyer each made one.

Up by 20 at 60-40, Pacer coach Brian Bowen cleared his bench for the final two minutes, and Keegan Kincaid converted a three-point play before departing and Damon Robbins made a pair of freethrows to provide the final margin of victory, 65-44.

On the heels of his 16 point first half, Travis Tackett finished with 24 points to lead all scorers; while Keegan Kincaid and Brennan Bragg each finished with 12. Tray Meyer made it four Pacers in double figures, as he finished with 11.

Josh Hon, Noah Hughes, and Damon Robbins each provided two points to the victory.

Josh Uhlmansiek led Rising Sun with 10 points.

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In the junior varsity contest, Switzerland County won by a final score of 28-22.

Adam Clark led the Pacers with seven points and seven rebounds; while Damon Robbins, Quinn Meyer, and Anthony Dasis each finished with four points.

Anthony Dennis, Tyler Queen, and Blake Whitham all had three points apiece to wrap up a balanced scoring attack for coach Mark Boggs.

Switzerland County returns to the court tomorrow (Friday) with a home date against New Washington. The junior varsity game gets underway at 6 p.m.

Switzerland County then entertains Milan on Saturday, with the jayvee game again getting underway at 6 p.m.