The Switzerland County Pacers celebrated Winter Homecoming on Friday night with a home game against Shawe Memorial — and although the attendance was limited, the Pacer offense certainly wasn’t.
Placing three players in double figures and seven different Switzerland County team members scoring in the game, the Pacers jumped out to an early lead and then never looked back in earning a big, 55-21 victory over the Hilltoppers.
The first quarter saw Switzerland County get off to an 11-3 advantage, thanks to the early hot shooting of Ben Hicks and Jacob Williams, each of whom had two field goals for four points.
Nate Geyman added a pair of freethrows for two points in the opener; while Bryce Wrightsman converted a freethrow to round out the scoring.
Grayson May had a three-pointer in the first to account for Shawe Memorial’s only points.
The Pacer offense continued to roll in the second, as they scored 10 points while holding the Hilltoppers to just six.
Geyman fueled the run in the second, hitting a field goal and a three-pointer for five points; whil Hicks had a traditional thre-point play and Williams converted another field goal.
May had two more buckets for the Hilltoppers, and Jack Grote also had a basket.
At the half, the Pacers held a solid 21-9 lead.
Switzerland County put the game away with a torrid second half, scoring 15 points in the third period and 19 more in the fourth.
In the third, Geyman stayed hot with another three-pointer and a field goal for five points; and Wrightsman also had five points — on a field goal and three freethrows.
Hicks had a basket and a freethrow; and Canaan Johnson hit a field goal for two points.
While the Switzerland County offense was heating up, the defense stayed strong, allowing Shawe Memorial just three points on the third — this time on a three-pointer form Philip Kahn.
With a quarter yet to play, the Pacers held a big 36-12 advantage.
The fourth stanza saw Switzerland County have its best quarter of the night, scoring 19 points.
Wrightsman led his teammates with six points on a field goal, a three-pointer, and a freethrow; while Hicks added four more on a pair of freethrows and a jumper.
Trace Johnson in a three-pointer in the fourth; while Canaan Johnson, Williams, and Zach Stout also had field goals.
The Hilltoppers posted nine points in the fourth, as Wyatt Hickter had three freethrows and Louis Liu, May, and Kahn all had baskets.
At the final horn, the Pacers had earned a big win with a 55-21 drubbing of their conference foe.
Hicks was the leading scorer for Switzerland County with 14 points, and he also had six rebounds.
Geyman was in double figures with 12 points — including two three-pointers; and he also had five rebounds. Wrightsman also had 12 points on the night to make it three Pacers in double figures, and the guard also handed out three assists, had two steals, and contributed a rebound.
Williams had eight points and a game-high seven rebounds; and he also had an assist and six steals in the contest. Canaan Johnson had four points and three rebounds; Trace Johnson had three points and a rebound; and Stout had two points and three rebounds.
May led Shawe Memorial with nine points; Kahn had five; Hichter three; and Grote and Liu each had two.
In Friday night’s junior varsity game, Switzerland County defeated Shawe Memorial by a count of 41-29.
Austin Hemingway was the leading scorer for the Pacers with 15 points; while Dylan Sullivan and Canaan Johnson were just outside of double figures, scoring nine points each.
Aiden Furnish and Bradley Romans each had three points; and Trace Johnson had two points.