Switzerland County blasts Madison to advance to JCIT final, 66-58
Coach Travis Wrightsman’s Switzerland County boys varsity basketball team rode another hot game by Jacob Williams and some pin point three-point shooting by Bradley Romans to defeat Madison 66-58 to advance to the championship game of the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament.
The game was closely contested, with the Pacers holding a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Romans got hot early, connecting on a pair of three-pointers in the first; while Williams also had a three-pointer; Canaan Johnson had two field goals for four points; and Aiden Griffith also had a bucket.
Williams was unstoppable in the second quarter, scoring 11 points on five field goals and a freethrow. Cooper Todd had a three-pointer in the second; while Romans had a field goals and Griffith had his second bucket of the game, and the teams went to the halftime break with Switzerland County out in front by a score of 33-30.
The third quarter was the difference maker for Switzerland County, as the Pacers scored 15 points while holding Madison to just eight. That resulted in the Pacers holding a 48-38 margin heading into the final period.
In the third, Williams had four points on two freethrows and a field goal and Romans made his third three-pointer of the game.
Griffith scored again; Trace Johnson contributed a bucket; Dylan Sullivan had a basket; and Canaan Johnson made a pair of freethrows.
Up by 10 points heading into the final eight minutes, the Pacers responded by posting their biggest offensive output of the game, scoring 16 points to secure the win; while Madison had 20 fourth quarter points, but the Cubs couldn’t make up the deficit.
The fourth saw Williams salt away the game, scoring eight points on two field goals and a perfect 4-for-4 from the freethrow line.
Romans had another trey and added two freethrows; Canaan Johnson was 3-for-4 from the line; and Griffith had his fourth basket of the contest — and the Pacers moved into the championship game of the tournament.
Williams had 26 points to lead all scorers in the game; while Romans rode his hot shooting to 16 points.
Canaan Johnson had nine points; Griffith finished with eight points; Todd had three; and both Trace Johnson and Sullivan chipped in two points.
Madison was led by Quincy Reynolds with 24 points; Landon True had 14 points; and Mason Davis was in double figures with 10 points.