A cold shooting fourth quarter by the Switzerland County Pacers allowed Lawrenceburg to break the game open on Tuesday night, allowing the Tigers to earn a 48-39 win in varsity boys basketball action.
Switzerland County got out of the gate hot, outscoring the always tough Tigers by a 12-8 count in the first quarter.
Casper Stow had two buckets in the frame for four points; while Austin South hit a three-pointer. Justin Green had a bucket; Kollin Hayes had two freethrows; and Hunter Hayes had a freethrow.
Tiger sharpshooter Curtis White had two early baskets for Lawrenceburg.
The Tigers had a huge run in the second period, scoring 22 points while the Pacers managed just 10. Stow had a three-pointer for Switzerland County; Kollin Hayes and Kyle Whitham each had a field goal; and Zack Wainscott had a freethrow.
Lawrenceburg was fueled in its big quarter by White, who had 11 points in the second alone; while Evan Pennington added two three-pointers and Grant Bradley had four points.
At the half, the Tigers were in front, 30-22.
After the halftime break, the Pacers began their charge to get back in the contest, outscoring Lawrenceburg 13-7 to get to within two, 37-35, with a period to play.
Stow led the way in the third, connecting on a field goal and a three-pointer for five points; and Green had two buckets inside for four points. Dakota Fuller and Kollin Hayes each added a basket in the stanza.
White continued his hot play for the Tigers, accounting for five of the team’s seven points.
Within two with eight minutes to go, the Pacer offense faltered in final frame, scoring just four points in the period while Lawrenceburg would score 11.
The Pacers just couldn’t get shots to fall, with Whitham and Fuller accounting for the only scores; while the Tigers went to work at the line, converting 5-of-6 attempts in the quarter to seal the win.
The final score showed Lawrenceburg in front by a score of 48-39; but it was a much closer game that the final score indicated.
Stow led Switzerland County with 12 points on the night; while Green had eight; Kollin Hayes added six; Fuller and Whitham each had four; South had a three-pointer; and Wainscott and Hunter Hayes each contributed one point.
White led the Tigers with 24 points; Pennington had eight; and Jordan Houze finished with six.
The loss drops Switzerland County’s overall record to 10-7 on the year; but with four straight home games to come – Lawrenceburg was the first of five in a row – there is optimism for a strong finish.
That starts tomorrow (Friday) night with a home game against Shawe Memorial; followed by a home game with Franklin County on Saturday. Jac-Cen-Del visits on Friday, February 17th; with South Dearborn here on Saturday, February 18th.
The regular season then wraps up with a road game at Madison on Thursday, February 23rd.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County lost an overtime thriller by a final score of 52-49.
The Pacers were led by Tyler Konkle with 14 points; and Cade Rider was in double figures with 10. Justin Chatham had eight points; Damian Breeck had five; Patrick Stow and Dalton Tingle had four points each; and Kenyon Bledsoe and Zac Weaver each had two points.