Switzerland County jumped out to an early lead last Saturday night and then fended off some charges by Hauser to claim a 61-43 victory.
Outside shooting was on display early for Coach Travis Wrightsman’s Pacers, as the game opened with Cam Craig hitting two straight three-pointers, and when Bryce Turner drilled a trey, and followed that with a jumper, suddenly Switzerland County held an 11-0 lead.
Hauser got on the board with an inside basket by Koby Johnson and a freethrow by Bryce Bates; but Turner made a freethrow to half that quick run.
Johnson scored again for the Jets, and Eli Miller followed that with a three-pointer that got Hauser to within seven.
Switzerland County closed the opening period with another three-pointer by Craig and a three-pointer by Jacob Williams, and the first quarter ended with the Pacers in front, 18-8.
Craig opened the second period with another three-pointer; and Hauser got a bucket from Bates and a three-pointer by Miller. Bryce Wrightsman scored for Switzerland County, and Johnson matched that for Hauser; and moments later Craig converted his fifth three-pointer of the first half and Canaan Johnson followed that with a three-pointer, and with 2:45 to go in the half, the Pacers held a 29-15 advantage.
Johnson hit a three-pointer for the Jets; but the Pacers went on another run, getting two freethrows and a field goal from Williams and a basket by Turner to extend the lead to 17.
Miller hit his third three-pointer of the half as the second quarter closed, and the Pacers headed into the lockerroom holding a 35-21 lead.
Hauser opened the third quarter with back-to-back three-pointers from Johnson and Miller, and when Bates followed that with a basket, quickly the Switzerland County lead was sliced down to six.
Williams got the Switzerland County offense back in gear with a basket and a freethrow; and after Miller hit a jumper for Hauser, Williams converted inside to keep the lead at nine.
Collin Buck scored for Hauser, and Switzerland County closed the quarter with a basket by Turner and a steal and layup from Ben Hicks to push the lead out to 11 —44-33 —with a quarter to play.
Turner opened the final stanza with a basket; and after Bates scored for Hauser, Craig got an offensive rebound and a put-back bucket that made the lead 13.
Bates had a field goal and Taeshaun Tungate made two freethrows for Hauser to make the score 48-39 with 5:46 to go — but the Pacers snuffed out any hope of a comeback when Williams powered to the basket for two and Wrightsman followed that with a reverse layup.
The Jets made another run, getting two straight buckets to again whittle the lead down to nine — but those would be the final points that Hauser would make in the contest.
Switzerland County would score the final nine points of the game, as Williams made a freethrow, Wrightsman had a field goal, Craig made two freethrows, and after Turner missed a freethrow, Craig drug down the rebound and made the put-back. Austin Bosaw made two freethrows, and that closed the scoring and the contest, with the final margin of victory standing at 18, 61-43.
Craig led Switzerland County with 21 points on two field goals, five three-pointers and a pair of freethrows; Williams had a tremendous game, finishing with 15 points on four field goals, a three-pointer, and four freethrows; and Turner made it three in double figures, as he finished with 12 points on four field goals, a three-pointer and a freethrow.
Wrightsman had six points; Canaan Johnson had a three-pointer; while Hicks and Bosaw had two points each.
Johnson led Hauser with 14 points; Miller finished with 12; and Bates had 11.
The win made the Switzerland County overall record 4-2 heading into the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament this week, where the Pacers was play 4-A Indianapolis Tech (5-2) yesterday (Wednesday, December 22nd) at 4:15 p.m.
In the junior varsity game, Hauser defeated Switzerland County by a 39-37 count.
Bradley Romans led the Pacers with 10 points; while Aiden Griffith had eight; while Dylan Sullivan and Kadyn Riley finished with seven each. Carson Byrd had three points; and Cooper Todd contributed two.