Pacers put three in
double figures in loss
The Switzerland County Lady Pacers placed three players in double figures in scoring on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome homestanding Trinity Lutheran, 55-53.
The Pacers stumbled a bit offensively in the first quarter, being outscored 13-9; but Coach Adam Dennis’ charges bounced back in the second, outscoring the Cougars 10-8 to trail by just two, 21-19 at the break.
The third quarter was pretty high flying in terms of offense, as Trinity Lutheran won the period by outscoring the Pacers 21-17 — as both teams nearly matched their first half scoring output in the third quarter. That run put Switzerland County down 42-36 with a quarter to go.
Those final eight minutes saw the Pacers fight back, scoring17 points to just 13 for Trinity Lutheran, but at the buzzer the team fell short by two, 55-53, wrapping up the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule with an overall mark of 3-3.
A trio of Pacer seniors had an outstanding night on Friday, as the team was led in scoring by Damian Breeck with 17 points, including two three-pointers and three freethrows. He also finished with nine rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals.
Zach Weaver continued his strong inside play, ending the night with 13 points, including draining another three-pointer, and added eight rebounds to his ledger.
Landon Wilks, sparkplug point guard, had a big night offensively, making it three Switzerland County players in double figures, as he recorded 11 points, including a three-pointer. He also had three rebounds — all on the offensive glass — and three assists.
Coby Chase just missed making it four Pacers in double figures, as he contributed eight points in the contest along with two rebounds. Patrick Stow and Ben Hicks each chipped in two points apiece.
Mitchell Hackman led Trinity Lutheran with 18 points in the game, while Jack Marksberry had 17 and Tyler Goecker had 11.
The Pacers now head into tournament play, as they will participate in the Jefferson County Classic — traditionally known as the JCIT — beginning Friday morning. Switzerland County will play Southwestern in the first game at 10 a.m.; and will then return to the court at 2 p.m. to take on Morristown. Switzerland County will also play on Saturday, December 28th, at a time and opponent determined by how they get through the two games on Friday.
From there, it’s time off until Thursday, January 9th, when the squad enters Rivertown Classic play at South Dearborn against Rising Sun. The outcome of that game will determine whether they play in the consolation or championship game of the tourney on Saturday, January 10th.
A big weekend then looms for Switzerland County, as the Pacers will play back to back home games on January 17th-18th, with Southwestern coming in on Friday and South Ripley making the trip to Vevay on Saturday.
Perhaps the most difficult portion of the schedule comes in mid-February, as the Pacers will play five straight games on the road: February 8th at Lawrenceburg; February 14th at Shawe Memorial; February 15th at Franklin County; February 21st at Jac-Cen-Del; and February 22nd at South Dearborn.