The Switzerland County Pacers put together a sold four quarters highlighted by an explosive second half on Friday night to earn a 70-41 victory over Shawe Memorial.
The Pacers got off to a quick start in the game, scoring 12 points in the first period while limiting the Hilltoppers to eight.
Patrick Stow and Damian Breeck did all the damage for Switzerland County, as Stow had seven points in the opener on a three-pointer and a pair of field goals; while Breeck hit two three-pointers in the opening eight minutes.
Showing tremendous team balance, Switzerland County posted 13 points in the second period — all accounted for by players other than Stow and Breeck.
Zach Weaver continued his outstanding inside play, scoring six points in the second; while Dalton Tingle had two field goals for four points and Coby Chase connected on a three-pointer.
Shawe Memorial had its best quarter in the second, scoring 15 points. Henry Grote led that charge with three three-pointers over the stretch.
At the half, the Pacers led the Hilltoppers, 25-23.
If the first half was closely played, Switzerland County took full control as the second half got underway.
The Pacers would outscore their guests by a margin of 22-6 over the eight minute span to lead by 18 points, 47-29, with a period to play.
In that third quarter, balance continued to be key, as six different Switzerland County players notched the scoring column.
Tingle led the way with seven points; while Weaver added five more, including a three-pointer. Breeck and Chase also hit three-pointers in the quarter; while Tyler Konkle and Stow each made a pair of freethrows.
Shaw got its third quarter scoring on a three-pointer by Jack Grote and a freethrow and basket by Ethan Stuart.
The fourth quarter again saw the Pacer offense get rolling, as Switzerland County outscored the Hilltoppers by a 23-12 margin in the closing stanza to finish off the impressive win.
Breeck had a three-pointer and a field goal for five points in the fourth; and Ben Hicks came off the bench to also post five points — also with a three-pointer and a field goal.
Konkle had two buckets for four points; Tingle had four on a field goal and a couple of freethrows; Landon Wilks hit a three-pointer; and Chase made a field goal.
Final score: Switzerland County 70, Shawe Memorial 41.
Tingle led the Pacer attack with 15 points; while Breeck was right behind with 13. Weave added 11 to make it three in double figures.
Stow finished with nine; Chase had eight; Konkle had six; Hicks added five; and Wilks contributed three.
Shawe Memorial was led by Stuart with 15 points; Henry Grote had 14; and Chandler Cole finished with seven. Jack Grote had three; and Grayson May chipped in two.
There was no junior varsity game on Friday night. The jayvee Pacers were scheduled to play the junior varsity team from South Central, but too many South Central team members had the flu, so the game was canceled.