Three in double
figures not enough as Pacers fall to Knights
The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team placed three players in double figures last Wednesday night in a mid week game against South Dearborn — but it wasn’t enough, as the Knights pulled off a 60-43 victory.
Coach Travis Wrightsman’s Pacers are still finding their way offensively as they await the return of sophomore Cam Craig from injury; but players are stepping up in games.
The first period featured a slow offensive start, as South Dearborn held just a 9-6 advantage after the first eight minutes of action.
In the first, Jacob Williams, Aiden Griffith, and Canaan Johnson each had baskets.
The second stanza saw the offense heat up, as South Dearborn scored 17 points while Switzerland County accounted for 14 points.
Griffith got hot for the Pacers in the second, connecting on four field goals for eight points; while Williams, Canaan Johnson, and Dylan Sullivan each had baskets
Ryan Willoughby had a hot quarter for South Dearborn, as he scored nine points in the quarter on three field goals and a three-pointer.
The teams went to the halftime break with South Dearborn holding a 26-20 lead.
The third quarter saw South Dearborn account for 18 points; while the Pacers countered with 12 to see the deficit increase to 12 points — 44-32 — with a quarter to play.
Williams took over the quarter offensively for the Pacers, scoring seven points on two field goals and three freethrows.
Cooper Todd hit a three-pointer in the quarter; while Trace Johnson added a bucket.
Switzerland County couldn’t make any headway in the fourth quarter, with South Dearborn winning the period by a 16-11 count to make the final score 60-43.
Canaan Johnson got hot in the fourth, scoring eight points on two field goals, a three-pointer, and a freethrow.
Bradley Romans had a basket in the fourth; and Griffith contributed a freethrow.
For the game, Canaan Johnson had 12 points; while Griffith and Williams each had 11.
Todd had three points; while Romans, Trace Johnson, and Sullivan each added two.
Willoughby led South Dearborn with 20 points; while Brodie Teke was in double figures with 14 points.
The two schools will see each other again as the new year dawns, as Switzerland County and South Dearborn drew each other in the first round of the Rivertown Classic Basketball Tournament.
In the junior varsity game, South Dearborn defeated Switzerland County by a final score of 41-26.
The Pacers were led by Cale Collier, who was in double figures with 11 points; while Austin Hemingway had eight points.
Kadyn Riley had four points; Briar Johnson had two points; and Carson Griffith contributed one point.