Pacers fall to Franklin County, 42-32

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Coming off of an emotional conference win over Madison Shawe on Friday night, the Switzerland County Pacer offense fell a bit flat on Saturday night, and the visiting Franklin County Wildcats left with a 42-32 win.

The Pacers would score in double figures for a quarter only once on the night – with 11 points in the second – but Franklin County didn’t manage much better, but a big 17-5 outburst in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the visitors.

In the first period, Switzerland County outscored their guests by an 8-6 count. Kollin Hayes and Caleb Furnish each made a pair of freethrows in the quarter; while Hunter Hayes and Justin Green each had baskets inside.

The second quarter was a draw offensively, as each team scored 11 points.

Caleb Furnish provided most of the Pacer firepower, nailing two three-pointers for six points; while Hunter Hayes had another basket. Dakota Fuller made two freethrows in the quarter, and Riley Phagan chipped in another freethrow.

At the half, Switzerland County held a slim 19-17 advantage.

The third quarter continued to be a tough defensive battle, as each team managed just eight points in the stanza.

For the Pacers, Ben Curran got on track offensively with two baskets; while Hunter Hayes continued his hard work inside with another bucket and Caleb Furnish made two more freethrows.

Tyler Miller was doing the damage for Franklin County, with six points in the quarter; and with just eight minutes to play, it appeared that the game was going to go right down to the wire, with the Pacers clinging to a 27-25 lead.

It didn’t last long, as the Wildcats found their offensive pace in the final quarter, scoring 17 points – matching their entire first half output – and putting the game away.

The Pacer offense struggled in the final quarter, scoring just five points. Kollin Hayes had three of those on a basket and a freethrow; and Riley Phagan hit a jumper for the other marks.

Franklin County did most of its fourth period damage from the freethrow line, as the Wildcats attempted 12 freethrows in the fourth quarter, making 10 of them. Tyler Miller continued his good game, accounting for seven points in the quarter; while Dylan Cregar had five – all from the freethrow line.

Final score: Franklin County 42, Switzerland County 32.

Caleb Furnish was the leading scorer for the Pacers, finishing with 10 points, including a pair of three pointers. Hunter Hayes had six points; Kollin Hayes added five; and Ben Curran had four.

Riley Phagan finished with three points; while Dakota Fuller and Justin Green each contributed two.

Overall, Switzerland County made eight field goals on the night, along with two three-pointers and were 10-for-15 from the freethrow line.

Franklin County was led by Tyler Miller with 19 points; and Dylan Cregar had 11.

The loss drops the Pacers to 6-11 overall, and Switzerland County will be in action again tonight (Thursday) when they host Gallatin County. The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m.

The Pacers then finish off a homestand next Friday, February 20th, when they play their final home game of the year against Jac-Cen-Del before wrapping the regular season with trips to South Dearborn on February 21st and Madison on February 27th.

In the junior varsity game on Saturday night, the Pacers defeated Franklin County by a score of 40-36.

Jacob Turner was the leading scorer for the Pacers on the night with 12 points; and Dolan Springer had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Zack Wainscott had a balanced game, finishing with five points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals; and Austin South had four points and four rebounds.

Justin Chatham had four points and two rebounds; Kyle Whitham added two points and eight rebounds; and Casper Stow contributed two points and two rebounds.