The Switzerland County Pacers moved one step closer to the ORVC conference championship last Friday night with a 44-24 win over Jac-Cen-Del.
The Pacers jumped out early, claiming an 11-6 lead after the first quarter on the strength of a hot start by senior Kollin Hayes. The guard finished the opening period with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers; while Hunter Hayes opened the period with a dunk; and Kyle Whitham contributed a freethrow.
Conner Hubbard led the Eagles with four points in the opener.
Switzerland County continued its steady play in the second quarter, again scoring 11 points as Kollin Hayes and Austin South each hit three-pointers; Justin Green had three points; and Hunter Hayes added another basket.
The Pacer defense took center stage in the second, clamping down to allow Jac-Cen-Del just four points over the eight minutes.
At the half, Switzerland County led by a score of 22-10.
The third period saw the scoring pick up a bit, with Switzerland County outscoring the Eagles by a 14-10 margin.
The third saw Dakota Fuller get hot from the outside, hitting two three-pointers in the stanza; while Hunter Hayes had two baskets and Green and Whitham each had a bucket.
Up by 16 points, 36-20, with a period to play, the pace slowed down in the final quarter, as Switzerland County scored just eight points; but the defense again rose up, again holding Jac-Cen-Del to just four points.
Balance was the key in the fourth, as Green hit two freethrows while Hunter Hayes, South, and Zack Wainscott each had a basket.
Final score: Switzerland County 44, Jac-Cen-Del 24.
Kollin Hayes rode his three three-pointers to a game high 11 points; and Hunter Hayes was in double figures with 10.
Green had seven points; Fuller had six; South added five; Whitham had three; and Wainscott chipped in two.
The Eagles were led by Hubbard with nine points; while Michael Flint had eight.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County earned a 54-40 win over Jac-Cen-Del.
Cade Rider led three Pacers in double figures, scoring 14 points; with Tyler Konkle scoring 11 points and Dalton Tingle had 10.
Justin Chatham had seven points; Damian Breeck had six; Harrison Griffis had four points; and Kenyon Bledsoe contributed two points.