Slow first period dooms Pacers in road game
The Switzerland County boys varsity basketball team suffered through a frigid first quarter of offense and never recovered, falling to Clarksville in a road game last Friday night, 65-46.
The first decided the game, as Clarksville outscored Switzerland County 21-4.
Switzerland County’s only points came from a field goal by Trace Johnson and two freethrows by Cam Craig.
The second quarter saw the Pacer offense come to life a bit, as Coach Travis Wrightsman’s team scored 12 points while Clarksville scored 16 points.
Canaan Johnson had two field goals for four points to lead Switzerland County in the stanza; while Jacob Williams and Craig each had three points on a field goal and a freethrow. Trace Johnson added another bucket to round out the Pacer scoring for the quarter.
At the half, Clarksville led by a 37-16 count.
The Pacers came out of the halftime break determined to get its offense going, and Switzerland County outscored their guests by a 16-12 count to make the score 49-32 after three.
In the third, Williams got hot offensively, scoring 12 points to match the entire Clarksville output.
The junior had three field goals, a three-pointer, and was 3-for-4 from the freethrow line. Craig had another basket in the third; and Bradley Romans contributed two freethrows.
The final quarter was again evenly played, with Clarksville scoring 16 points while Switzerland County had 14.
Craig had seven points in the fourth on two field goals and a three-pointer; while Trace Johnson had two more baskets for four points. Aiden Griffith had a basket in the fourth; and Romans added another freethrow.
But overcoming that slow first quarter wasn’t possible, and the final score showed a 19-point deficit, 65-46.
Williams had 15 points in the game to lead the Pacers; while Craig was right behind with 14 points.
Trace Johnson had eight points; Canaan Johnson had four; Romans finished with three; and Griffith had two.
Landon Radlein led Clarksville with 29 points (nine three-pointers); while Jacob Seward finished with 20 and Robert Lamar was in double figures with 11.
Clarksville won the junior varsity game by a score of 53-36.
Individual scoring was not available at press time.