Pacers fall to Rebels in JCIT title tilt


Pacers fall to Rebels in JCIT title tilt

  The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team had an outstanding Jefferson County Invitational Tournament last week, but fell in the championship game to the Southwestern Rebels by a score of 73-41.

  The title game was moved up to the afternoon on Thursday due to the pending winter storm, and the dropping temperatures didn’t have much impact on the hot shooting Rebels.

  The first quarter told the story, as Southwestern jumped out to a 27-8 lead after the first eight minutes. The second quarter saw Switzerland County’s offense get moving a little better, scoring 16 points while holding the Rebels to 10.

  At the half, Southwestern led by a score of 37-24.

  The third quarter saw another Rebel run, as Southwestern scored 26 points coming out of the halftime break, while Switzerland County added 11 to its total. The third stanza ended with Southwestern in front by a 63-35 score.

  The fourth quarter saw both offenses slow down, with Switzerland County posting just six more points while Southwestern added just 10 — but as the final buzzer sounded, Southwestern claimed the tournament championship with a 32 point victory, 73-41.

  The Pacers saw three players post double figures in scoring, led by Trace Johnson with 12. Trace also added four rebounds.

  Canaan Johnson had 11 points in the game along with two rebounds and an assist; and Jacob Williams continued his outstanding play by adding 10 points, a team-high nine rebounds, and three assists.

  Dylan Sullivan had six points and two rebounds; and Cooper Todd added two points and three rebounds.

  Bradley Romans had three assists in the game.

  As a team, Switzerland County was 18-for-53 from the floor for 34-percent; they were 2-for-10 from three-point range for 20-percent; and they were 3-for-7 from the freethrow line for 43-percent.

  Southwestern was led by Peyton Gwin with 19 points; Jamison Lewis had 16 points; and Claytin Sontage was in double figures with 11 points.

  Southwestern out rebounded Switzerland County 41-28 in the game.


  At the conclusion of the tournament, three members of the Switzerland County team were honored by inclusion on the All Tournament team.

  Jacob Williams , Bradley Romans, and Trace Johnson were honored as a part of the 12-member squad.

  Peyton Gwin and Jamison Lewis of champion Southwestern were also named the Co-MVPs; and were joined by teammates Claytin Sontag and Brady Cook on the All Tournament team.

  Also earning a place were Quincy Reynolds and Mason Davis of Madison; Philip Kahn of Shawe Memorial; Seth Franklin of Carroll County; and Ethan Horn of Trimblc County.