Pacers struggle through cold first half in loss to Wildcats

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In the midst of five straight road games as the season wraps up, the Switzerland County traveled to Brookville on Saturday night and came out a bit flat in a 58-34 loss to Franklin County.

After scoring 29 points in the first quarter on Friday night at Shawe, the Pacers only managed four points over the opening eight minutes on Saturday night at Franklin County, while the Wildcats opened with 12 points.

The Pacers only scores of the period came on two baskets by Austin South.

The second quarter wasn’t much better, as the Pacers scored just six points while Franklin County posted 17 more to grab a 29-10 lead at the break.

Switzerland County’s second period points came on three-pointers, with Doug Pedraza and Cade Rider; while the Wildcats were led in the period by Ben Krider, who had three three-pointers in the stanza.

Down by 19 at the half, the Pacers began to rebound in the third quarter, scoring 13 points to more than double their first half output. Franklin County, however, scored 19 points over the same span to extend the Wildcat lead to 25 points, 48-23, with a period to play.

In the third, South led the way with a pair of three-pointers for six points; while Kyle Whitham had a three-pointer and a basket for five points. Damian Breeck had a field goal for the other two points.

Jordan Floyd had seven points on the third to lead Franklin County, while Dylan Little had six points.

The final period was a matter of letting the eight minutes run off, and the Pacers managed to outscore Franklin County by an 11-10 margin, but the outcome was not in doubt.

Whitham had two three-pointers in the fourth; while South added another three-pointer and Zach Weaver had an inside basket for two points.

The final score saw Franklin County in front, 58-34.

South was the leading scorer for Switzerland County with 13 points; with Whitham also in double figures, as he had 11. Pedraza and Rider each had three points; while Breeck and Weaver each contributed two.

The Pacers did continue their hot outside shooting on the night, as Switzerland County made eight three-pointers against just five field goals. Switzerland County also didn’t get to the freethrow line on the evening, as their were just 0-for-2.

Floyd had 13 points to pace Franklin County; with Little in double figures with 12.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County fell to Franklin County by a score of 40-38.

The Pacers were led by Zach Weaver and Landon Wilks, with each scoring nine points — with Wilks making three three-pointers; and Doug Pedraza and Coby Chase each added eight points.

Patrick Stow and Damian Courter both contributed two points in the contest.

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Switzerland County has now played three of five straight road games, and wraps up the streak this weekend when the Pacers travel tomorrow (Friday) to play Jac-Cen-Del; and then go to Aurora on Saturday to play South Dearborn for the third time this season.

The regular season then closes on Thursday, Februrary 22nd, when Madison comes in for Senior Night.

This year’s Sectional, which will be played at Southwestern, will open on Tuesday night, February 27th; with the championship game set for Saturday, March 3rd. Pairings for the Sectional have not yet been announced.