Pacers finally return to court after layoff

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 Having gone nearly a month between games, Coach Travis Wrightsman’s Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team finally got back on the court for something other than practice over the weekend with two road games — At New Washington on Friday and at Milan on Saturday.

Switzerland County 44

New Washington 50

  “We had not played in almost three weeks and got off to a very slow start against New Washington,” Coach Wrightsman said. “They jumped out to a 16-7 lead after the first quarter and we had to play catch up the rest of the game. Really struggled to guard the Arthur kid, who ended up with 28 points. The kids played hard but took the loss 50-44.”

  Switzerland County saw balanced scoring in the game, with three players in double figures.

  Ben Hicks continued his solid season with 14 points, and he also contributed a team-high eight rebounds and an assist.

  Freshman Jacob Williams continues to log impressive minutes, and on Friday he scored 11 points on four field goals and a freethrow. Williams also had a steal and pulled down four rebounds.

  Bryce Wrightsman made it three in double figures, as he contributed 10 points to the cause. The guard also added two assists, three rebounds, and a steal.

  Nate Geyman finished the game with four points, and he also had an assist and two rebounds; while Mason Covington had two point, an assist, and two rebounds. Zach Stout also had two points in the game; and Canaan Johnson had one point and a pair of rebounds.

Switzerland County 42

Milan 53

  “Against Milan we got off to a very good start and were down just 15-14 after the first quarter,” Coach Wrightsman said. “ We did not play as well in the second and third quarters, but we battled and played well in the fourth quarter. The kids played really hard and Ben Hicks played a heck of a game with a team high 25 points.”

  Hicks’s 25 points included three three-pointers in the game go along with eight field goals. He also chipped in six rebounds.

  Wrightsman finished the game with six points, but continued his all around outstanding play with three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

  Williams also had six points against the Indians, and added to his stat line with five rebounds and an assist.

  Geyman had three points and three rebounds; and Canaan Johnson had two points and one board.

  There was on junior varsity game on Saturday due to pending winter weather, and that game will be made up at a later date.

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  The two losses make Switzerland County’s overall record 2-13, but the Pacers are looking to get on a roll with a string of four straight home games, beginning tonight (Thursday, February 4th) with Clarksville.

  Then it’s an afternoon game this Saturday, February 6th, with rival Rising Sun. That’s followed by game next Friday and Saturday at home with Shawe Memorial and Henryville.