Pacers open and close with big runs to defeat Crothersville

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 Led by a big first quarter from Bryce Wrightsman and capped by a big fourth quarter from Ben Hicks, the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team earned its second win of the young season in a rare Monday night contest with Crothersville.

  Thanks to nine first period points from Wrightsman, including a three-pointer and three field goals, the Pacers jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play.

  Freshman Jacob Williams also had an outstanding opening period, hitting a three-pointer to go along with a pair of field goals and a freethrow for eight first quarter points. Bryce Turner and Hicks also had buckets in the opening stanza.

  Crothersville got baskets in the first by Quinten Keasler and Cable Spall.

  Coach Travis Wrightsman’s squad kept the offensive heat going in the second period, scoring 12 more points while holding Crothersville to just eight.

  Balance was the key word in the second, as Turner had two field goals and Austin Bosaw, Hicks, Cole Riley, and Williams each had baskets.

  Spall had three baskets in the second to lead the Tigers; and at the halftime break, Switzerland County was in control by a score of 33-12.

  Balance continued to show itself for the Switzerland County offense in the third period, as Turner and Hicks each had four points; while Bosaw and Williams each hit three-pointers to tally 14 points in the quarter.

  The Tigers also had 14 third period points, as Spall again led the way with nine and Keasler had four.

  Firmly in control and holding a 47-26 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play, the Pacers again turned on the offense in the fourth — this time with Hicks leading the way to another 21-point period.

  Hicks, coming back after missing two weekend games while in COVID quarantine, exploded for 12 points in the stanza. The junior had four field goals, a three-pointer, and a freethrow in the run; which sealed the win for Switzerland County.

  Riley also had a big fourth quarter, adding six points on three field goals; while Zach Stout had a basket off the bench and Turner added a freethrow.

  Crothersville saved its best quarter of basketball for the fourth, as the Tigers had 18 points, but couldn’t keep up with the Pacer offense, and fell by a final score of 68-44.

  Hicks led the Pacers with 20 points in the game, and the guard also added two assists and a rebound.

  Williams continued his strong early play, finishing with 13 points to go along with three assists, two blocked shots, a rebound and a steal.

  Turner made it three Pacers in double figures, as he finished with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals; While Wrightsman was just outside of double figures, as he had nine points to go along with three assists and a rebound.

  Riley ended with eight points and six rebounds; Bosaw had five points and two rebounds; and Stout had two points and a rebound.

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  In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County earned a big win over Crothersville by a score of 62-26.

  Bradley Romans led the way for the Pacers with 18 points; while Canaan Johnson was also in double figures with 11 points.

  Levi Curlin and Aiden Griffith each finished with eight points; Austin Hemingway had six; Trace Johnson added five; Dylan Sullivan had four; and Braydan Allen finished with two.