Strong game by Whitham not enough as Pacers fall to Trojans

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The Switzerland County Pacers made the trek to the north on Saturday night to take on the Class 4A East Central Trojans, and fell by a final score of 59-50.

The first quarter saw a defensive struggle, as East Central outscored Switzerland County 11-9. The Pacers had their three-point shooting on display in the opening period, as Austin South, Cade Rider, and Kyle Whitham all hit shots from behind the arc to account for the nine points.

East Central opened the game with Luke Collinsworth with four points; while Alex Maxwell had a three-pointer.

The Trojans moved out to a lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Pacers 16-11 to take a 27-20 lead into the halftime break.

Damian Breeck did damage for Switzerland County in the quarter, scoring seven points on two field goals and added a three-pointer; while Tyler Konkle added the other four points on a field goal and a pair of freethrows.

East Central saw Maxwell lead the way with five points in the second; and A.J. Messmore also had five points.

Down by seven at the break, Switzerland County began to climb back into the contest in the third period, led by Konkle, who accounted for seven points; while South and Whitham each had four. That allowed the Pacers to outscore their hosts by a 15-12 count, narrowing the deficit to just four points, 39-35, with eight minutes to play.

The final quarter was back and forth, with much of the stanza being held at the freethrow line. Switzerland County was 6-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final period; while East Central was 5-for-8.

The Trojans used its balanced scoring to slowly pull away in the quarter, as Collinsworth had eight points; Jared Volpenheim had five, and Trevor Baker had four. As a team East Central had 20 points in the quarter; which outdistanced the Pacers, who managed 15 points over the same stretch.

Switzerland County got scoring in the quarter from Whitham, who had seven points on two field goals and three freethrows; four from Breeck on a three-pointer and a field goal; a basket by Rider, and two freethrows by South.

At the final horn, East Central had prevailed by nine, 59-50.

Overall, Switzerland County was led by Whitham with 14 points; while Breeck and Konkle were also in double figures, each adding 11 points. South finished with nine on the night; while Rider had five.

East Central was led by Volpenhein with 14 points; while Collinsworth had 12 points and Maxwell had 11 to make it three Trojans in double figures. Trevor Becker had nine points in the game, while Messmore and Matt Mages each had five.

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In the junior varsity game, East Central defeated Switzerland County by a score of 67-43.

The leading scorer in the game for the Pacers was Landon Wilks, who rode four three-pointers to a total of 16 points overall.

Doug Pedraza also had an outstanding shooting game, connecting on three three-pointers for nine points overall; and Rio Paragallo and Zach Weaver each added seven points to the total. Cade Rider contributed two points in the game.