Led by senior Hunter Hayes’s 21 points – including 13 in the fourth quarter – the Switzerland County Pacers won a road struggle against Southwestern on Friday night by a final score of 55-42.
Switzerland County was in control the entire night; but then had to withstand a Rebel charge in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.
The Pacers got out to an 11-6 lead after the first period, with Dakota Fuller netting two field goals for four points; while Kollin Hayes had a three-pointer and the inside duo of Hunter Hayes and Justin Green each had a basket.
Tryston Wheatley had two buckets for the Rebels, while Derrik Bell had the other two.
Holding an early lead, Switzerland County widened the margin in the second quarter, outscoring Southwestern 16-7 to take a 27-13 lead into halftime.
Kollin Hayes did the damage in the second for the Pacers, with three three-pointers; while Fuller also had a three-pointer. Kyle Whitham, who’s been playing an outstanding game off of the bench this year, continued his hard work with two points; while Hunter Hayes also had another bucket.
Up by 14 points, the Pacers had just nine in the third stanza, but the Switzerland County defense made that stand up, allowing the Rebels to score just eight points – expanding the Pacer lead by one to 36-21 after three.
The three-pointers continued to fall for Switzerland County, as Austin South connected in the stanza; and Casper Stow also had a bucket and Hunter Hayes continued his outstanding night with two more field goals.
The final quarter would be a wild one, as Southwestern would double its point total, scoring 21 points in the period after scoring just 21 points through the first three quarters.
Switzerland County had some offensive firepower left, as well, as the Pacers scored 19 points in the period – including 13 from Hunter Hayes -to keep the Rebels at bay. Tyler Konkle had two baskets in the fourth; while
South connected on another field goal.
At the final horn, the Pacers had earned the conference win by a 13-point margin – 55-43.
Hunter Hayes led the way with 21 points; while Kollin Hayes was in double figures as well with 12 – all coming on four three-pointers. Fuller finished with seven points; South had five points; Konkle added four; while Stow, Whitham, and Green each contributed two.
Wheatley had 13 to lead Southwestern; while Coleman Jones had seven and Chase Dunfee had six.
The junior varsity game saw Switzerland County fall to Southwestern by a score of 32-31.
The leading scorer for the Pacers was freshman Damian Breeck with 11; while Tyler Konkle had six; Justin Chatham had four; Landon Wilks and Dalton Tingle each had three; and Cade Rider and Zach Weaver finished with
two points each.
The Pacers return to action tomorrow (Friday) night when Switzerland County entertains Rising Sun for Homecoming. The junior varsity game gets underway at 6 p.m.; with the varsity contest tipping at approximately 7:15 p.m.