Coach Adam Dennis’s Switzerland County varsity team finally saw its offense hitting on all cylinders last Thursday night in a 64-38 beat down of South Dearborn.
The game had originally been scheduled to be played at South Dearborn on Saturday, February 21st, but was moved due to the girls basketball team playing in the Regional at Paoli. The game then went to Thursday, but South Dearborn had a scheduling conflict, because it was hosting the Ohio Valley Choral Festival.
That moved the game here to Switzerland County – and the Pacers took advantage of the unexpected home game.
Four Switzerland County players – Dakota Fuller, Riley Phagan, Kollin Hayes, and Hunter Hayes – scored in double figures on the night, as the game was never in doubt.
Hunter Hayes opened the scoring for the Pacers with an inside basket; and South Dearborn’s Ian Rutzel countered that with a three-pointer. Hunter Hayes then converted a three-point play, and Alex Smith balanced that with a three-pointer that gave the Knights an early 6-5 lead.
They would never lead again.
The Pacer offense got rolling, scoring eight straight points on a pair of freethrows by Kollin Hayes; two straight buckets by Justin Green, and another inside basket by Hunter Hayes.
South Dearborn got a basket from Rutzel late, but the quarter ended with the Pacers in front, 13-8.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter, as Switzerland County scored the first 10 points.
The barrage included three three-pointers – two by Riley Phagan and one by Kollin Hayes – and Phagan also hit a freethrow.
South Dearborn’s Ryan Howell stopped the run with two freethrows; but Ben Curran answered back with a runner from the baseline to keep the lead at 15.
After Howell scored for the Knights, baskets by Kollin Hayes and Phagan ended the first half, and the teams went to the break with the Pacers in front, 29-12.
Switzerland County again got the offense rolling to start the second half, getting a three-pointer from Caleb Furnish and a freethrow by Hunter Hayes. Moments later, a steal led to a thundering dunk by Hunter Hayes, and the lead was up to 23 – 35-12.
South Dearborn got two straight baskets to stem the tide a bit; but the Pacers kick started another run with a three-pointer by Dakota Fuller; a three point play by Phagan; a basket by Kollin Hayes; and a freethrow by Fuller to balloon the lead to 44-16 with two minutes to go in the third.
After Hunter Brindley hit a three-pointer for the Knights, Fuller hit a basket and followed that with a freethrow; and when South Dearborn’s Rutzel hit another three, the third period ended with the Pacers in front, 47-22.
Fuller continued his torrid pace as the final period got underway, hitting a jumper to pushed the lead to 27. South Dearborn got a freethrow, but Kollin Hayes matched that at the line; and Hunter Hayes followed that with another basket inside.
Howell made a pair of freethrows for the Knights; but Kollin Hayes hit another jumper to the delight of the crowd.
The Knights got two straight buckets; but Fuller hit a three-pointers; and from there it was back and forth, with the Pacer team and crowd celebrating as the clock wound down.
Final score: Switzerland County 64, South Dearborn 38.
Fuller’s 14 second half points led the way for the Pacers; while both Phagan and Kollin Hayes finished with 13. Hunter Hayes was in double figures with 12.
Green had six points; Furnish added four; and Curran contributed two.
South Dearborn was led by Howell with 12 and Rutzel with 11.
The jayvee game was an exciting one, with South Dearborn defeating Switzerland County 55-44.
Austin South led the Pacers with 18 points; while Casper Stow added 11 points and seven rebounds to the cause.
Zack Wainscott had seven points and 11 rebounds; Jacob Turner had four points; Andrew Youngblood had three points; and Justin Chatham added one point.