Turner’s 23 not enough as Pacers fall to Lawrenceburg
The Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team was supposed to open its season against Lawrenceburg on Tuesday, November 24th.
The Tigers advancement in the IHSAA state football tournament caused that game to be delayed, and it was finally played this past Saturday night.
The young Pacer charges held firm throughout the contest and kept battling, but the veteran Lawrenceburg team slowly pulled away throughout the game, and won by a final score of 52-37.
The first period was closely played, with Lawrenceburg outscoring Switzerland County by just a 13-10 margin.
Bryce Turner — on his way to another outstanding effort — had a big opening quarter with 10 points. The junior had four field goals and a pair of freethrows in the opener to account for all of the Switzerland County points.
The Tigers flexed their long distance shooting prowess in the first eight minutes, connecting on four three-pointers — two of those by Adam Bard.
Switzerland County kept a steady pace in the second quarter, scoring eight points; while Lawrenceburg added 10 more.
The Pacers got a three-pointer from Turner in the second; while Cole Riley added a bucket and Jacob Williams had a basket to go along with a freethrow.
At the half, Lawrenceburg led by a score of 23-18.
The third quarter proved to be a defining one for the game, as Lawrenceburg outscored Switzerland County by a 16-10 count to extend their lead to 11 points, 39-28.
Bryce Wrightsman led the Pacers in the third period, as he connected on a field goal and a three-pointer for five points. Austin Bosaw also had a three-pointer in the quarter, and Turner added a field goal.
Both teams played an even final stanza, with Switzerland County scoring nine points while Lawrenceburg posted 13, but the Pacers weren’t able to make a sustained run and cut into the Tiger lead.
In the fourth, Turner capped his outstanding night with eight more points on a three-pointer, a field goal, and three freethrows; while Williams provided the other point with a freethrow.
The final margin of victory for Lawrenceburg was 15 points — but it was a much closer game than the final score indicated.
Turner led the Pacers with 23 points on the night; while Wrightsman had five; Williams four; Bosaw three and Riley two.
Dahya Patel and Jackson Bobo each led the Tigers with 10 points.
In the junior varsity game, Lawrenceburg defeated Switzerland County 49-26.
Scoring for the Pacers was Austin Hemingway with eight points; while Trace Johnson and Aiden Griffith each had seven points.
Levi Curlin and Canaan Johnson each contributed two points in the contest.