Pacers suffer first loss at Christian Academy

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On a rainy night in New Albany that featured a stoppage of play for a tornado warning, the hopes for a perfect season were washed away when the Switzerland County varsity boys team fell to Christian Academy by a score of 65-41.

The game was stopped in the fourth quarter of play and teams and fans were asked to take cover when a tornado warning was issued, but after the storm passed safely by, the Pacers could never find an offensive run to get back in the game.

The contest was close from the outset, with Christian Academy taking a 14-13 lead at the end of the opening period.

Austin Clark did most of the damage for the Pacers, accounting for nine points in the first quarter on three two-pointers, and he also moved out and drilled a three-pointer. Braden Burk and Chase Ritch each had a bucket in the period.

The Warriors had a big opening quarter from Nic Reed, who had nine points; and Aaron Eldridge had five points in the period.

Christian Academy pulled away a bit in the second stanza, outscoring the Pacers by a 14-8 count to take a 28-21 lead at the half.

Austin Clark continued his dominance inside, scoring six of Switzerland County’s eight points; while Braden Burk had the other bucket.

Nic Reed continued his steady play, scoring four more points in the quarter, but the real damage was done by Aaron Eldridge, who accounted for seven more points.

Switzerland County’s offensive struggles continued after halftime, getting outscored in the third quarter by an 18-10 count. Again, Austin Clark carried the offense, scoring eight of the Pacers’ 10 points, and Ben Curran had the other two points on a basket.

With a quarter to go, Switzerland County found itself in a 46-31 hole.

The offense didn’t get much better in the final period, with the Warriors outscoring the Pacers by a 19-10 count to salt the game away.

Tyler Gabbard had four points in the quarter to lead the Pacers, while Riley Phagan also had three points on a trey. Hunter Hayes had two points; and Austin Clark contributed a point.

At the final horn, the Warriors had hit Switzerland County with its first loss of the season, 65-41.

Austin Clark led the Pacers with 24 points; but he didn’t get much help from his teammates, as no other Pacer had more than four.

Tyler Gabbard and Braden Burk each had four points; while Riley Phagan had three points. Ben Curran, Chase Ritch, and Hunter Hayes each contributed two points.

Nic Reed led all scorers with 25 points; while Aaron Eldridge was in double figures with 19.

Switzerland County is now off until Friday, January 3rd, when South Central comes to Vevay for a visit; and then the Pacers will enter Rivertown Classic play on Thursday, January 9th, when they play South Dearborn.

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In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County won a close 35-34 decision over Christian Academy

Kollin Hayes had an outstanding game, scoring in double figures with 12 points to lead the Pacers. Hunter Hayes scored nine points; with Zach Whitaker adding eight. Brody Splain and Dakota Fuller each had three points in the win.