Pacers fall in close battle with Franklin County

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Playing their third home game in a row, the Switzerland County Pacer varsity basketball team took on Franklin County on Saturday night; and after a back and forth battle, the Wildcats pulled away in the second half to claim a 53-49 win.

The first quarter was high scoring and closely played; with the Pacers scoring 16 points while Franklin County had 18.

Dakota Fuller continued his assault from the three-point line, connecting on two treys in the first quarter; while Hunter Hayes got off to a good start, connecting on three buckets and two freethrows for eight points. Justin Green had the other two markers.

Franklin County was paced by Trevor Murray with 10 points while Dylan Little had the other eight.

The second quarter continued the tight battle, with each squad scoring 11 points.

For the Pacers, Kollin Hayes had five points, including a three-pointer; while Hunter Hayes had four more point and Casper Stow had two.

Murray stayed hot for the Wildcats with five more points; while Ben Krider had four.

After the halftime break, the close contest continued, with the Wildcats outscoring the Pacers by a 10-9 count.

Switzerland County five points from Fuller, who hit his third three-pointer of the game; and Stow had the other four on a field goal and a pair of freethrows.

With the score standing at 39-36 after three quarters in favor of Franklin County, the two squads traded symbolic punches in the fourth, with the Wildcats again outscoring the Pacers by a 14-13 count to ease away to the four point win.

Kollin Hayes had four points in the fourth, including a three-pointer; while Kyle Whitham also had a three-pointer. Hunter Hayes, Green, and Austin South each had two points in the final stanza.

It was close for 32 minutes, but in the end, Franklin County added another bucket here and there to claim the win.

Hunter Hayes was the leading scorer with 14 points; while Fuller was in double figures, continuing his outstanding play with 11 points.

Kollin Hayes had nine points; Stow had six; Green added four; Whitham had three; and South chipped in two.

The Wildcats were led by Little with 16 points; Murray had 15; and Krider had 13.

The Pacers continue their homestand this weekend, hosting Jac-Cen-Del tomorrow (Friday) night and then South Dearborn visits on Saturday night. The regular season wraps up next Thursday, February 23rd, when Switzerland County travels to Madison.

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In Saturday night’s junior varsity game, Franklin County won a nailbiter by the final score of 42-40.

The Pacers were led in scoring by Cade Rider with 16 points; while Damian Breeck and Tyler Konkle each added seven. Dalton Tingle and Justin Chatham had three points each; while Zac Weaver and Coby Chase each chipped in two.