The Switzerland County Pacers traveled to Lawrenceburg on Tuesday night for the first of what will be five straight road games, and the shooting was as cold as the weather, as the Pacers fell to the Tigers by a final score of 59-34.
Lawrenceburg separated itself early, racing off to a 24-7 lead after the first quarter. Switzerland County got two baskets from Kyle Whitham and a three-pointer by Damian Breeck to account for its points; while the Tigers saw center Jason Morton have a big opening quarter with eight points; while Logan Lawrence had six in the first; Gavin Yoon added five, and Zach Mollawn had a basket.
Part of Morton’s play early was that the Pacers were still without starting inside force Tyler Konkle, who continues to battle illness as he missed his second straight game. The Tigers were also playing short handed, as their top gun, senior Curtis White, missed the game with a hip injury and may be done for the year.
The Pacers settled their offense in the second quarter, outscoring their hosts by a 12-11 count – but the run did not cut into the margin enough to get the Pacers within charging distance, and the half ended with Lawrenceburg in front, 35-19.
Breeck continued his hot play in the second, accounting for five points on his second three-pointer and a field goal; while Austin South began to free himself from the Tiger defense, connecting on two shots for four points. Whitham, whose strong play inside has been a big reason for strong Pacer play of late, spent much of the quarter at the freethrow line, making three of six attempts.
Yoon and Lawrence both had four points in the second to lead the Tigers.
Up by 16 at the halftime break, the Tigers came out strong as the third quarter opened, outscoring Switzerland County by a 16-6 count over the span. That run put the Pacers in a deep hole that Coach Adam Dennis’s squad couldn’t overcome.
South had a three-pointer in the third; while Whitham continued to be stuck at the freethrow line, making one of two attempts; and he also added a bucket.
Yoon fueled the Lawrenceburg attack, scoring seven points in the quarter; while Morton added six more.
With a period to play, the Pacers found themselves down by 26 points – 51-25.
The final stanza was close, with the Pacers outscoring the Tigers by a 9-8 count, but both teams played out the string, and Lawrenceburg posted a win, 59-34.
In that fourth quarter, five of Switzerland County’s nine points came at the freethrow line – as South, Justin Chatham, and Zach Weaver each made one attempt and Coby Chase connected on two chances. South and Whitham also each had a field goal.
Switzerland County was led by Whitham with 12 points; and South finished in double figures with 10. Breeck had eight, all in the first half; while Chase had two and Chatham and Weaver each had one.
The Tigers were led by Yoon with 18; Morton with 14; and Lawrence contributed 10.
Switzerland County, now standing at 5-13 on the season, travels to Madison to take on Shawe Memorial tomorrow (Friday) night in a varsity only contest that will start at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the road trip continues, as the Pacers go to Brookville to play Franklin County.
The following weekend the Pacers go to Jac-Cen-Del on Friday, December 16th; and then its back to Aurora to play South Dearborn for the third time this season on Saturday, February 17th. The regular season then wraps up on Thursday, February 22nd, when Madison visits.
That will be followed by Sectional play, which will be held this year at Southwestern.
In the junior varsity game, on Tuesday night, the Pacers fell to the Tigers by a score of 51-48 in overtime.
Coby Chase has an outstanding game, finishing with 22 points; while Damian Courter was in double figures, adding 10 points.
Doug Pedraza finished with seven points; Patrick Stow and Zach Weaver each had four points; and Landon Wilks added one point.
The junior varsity will play at Franklin County this Saturday, and will then travel to Madison for a jayvee-only game with Shawe Memorial this Monday, February 12th.