Williams leads four in double figures as Pacers earn Homecoming victory
The Switzerland County Pacers celebrated Homecoming last Friday night with a 55-51 victory over South Decatur.
The win featured a balanced offensive attack, as four Pacers finished in double figures in scoring.
The game kicked off with Switzerland County getting a jumper from Aiden Griffith and two freethrows from Jacob Williams; and South Decatur got on the scoreboard when Jacob Scruggs scored.
Williams hit a jumper; and that was matched by a basket from Dale Peters.
Switzerland County then got a basket by Canaan Johnson and a rebound and put back by Griffith to move out to a six point lead — and Williams hit a basket that finished the opening period to give Switzerland County a 12-4 lead.
Canaan Johnson opened the second period with a pair of freethrows; and after Scruggs hit a three-pointer for the Cougars; Williams made one of two freethrow attempts.
Scruggs narrowed the deficit for the Cougars by converting a traditional three-point play.
Griffith scored again for the Pacers; but Lucas Ballard hit a three-pointer to keep South Decatur close, 17-13.
The Pacers then went on another run, getting two freethrows from Williams; a bucket by Griffith; and a basket by Williams to again push the lead to 10.
Colby Rathburn scored for the Cougars to cut the lead to eight; and when Cameron Henderson completed a traditional three-point play and Jaylynn McMurray added a basket, suddenly Switzerland County’s lead was down to three — 23-20 — with just under three minutes to play.
The Pacers got baskets from Canaan Johnson and Kadyn Riley to give Switzerland County some breathing room; but Ballard made a bucket to keep things close.
Switzerland County closed the half strong, getting two freethrows from Riley and a three-pointer from Williams, and at the halftime break, Switzerland County led by 10, 32-22.
Williams scored to open the second half for the Pacers; but Henderson was fouled on a three-point attempt and made two of the three charities.
Riley had a stellar night off the bench, drilling a three-pointer; and after Scruggs made two freethrows; Williams drove to the basket for another bucket. Scruggs then made another freethrow and followed that with a three-pointer, and with 2:14 to go in the third, Switzerland County held a 39-31 lead.
Again the Pacers closed the quarter strong, getting baskets by Canaan Johnson and Cooper Todd — but Williams was whistled with his fourth personal foul with 57-seconds to go, sending the junior sharpshooter to the bench as the period ended.
Riley made another three-pointer as the quarter closed, and after three the Pacers held a 46-31 lead.
Heading into the final eight minutes, Peters kicked off what was going to be a hot quarter for him with a three-pointer and a basket.
Griffith was fouled and made one freethrow attempt; but the Cougars got a freethrow from Scruggs and another basket by Peters to get the lead down to eight.
With 4:46 to go, Pacer coach Travis Wrightsman sent Williams back into the fray with the goal of sealing the victory; but it didn’t work to plan, as Williams lasted just 11-seconds before picking up his fifth and final foul on a somewhat controversial call by the officials.
Scruggs made two freethrows from the resulting fifth foul; and when Peters made another three-pointer, with 3:21 to go Switzerland County was fighting for their lives holding onto a 47-44 lead.
Griffith made a jumper from the lane that was huge in the scope of the contest; and Dylan Sullivan got a run out and a layup that extended the lead back to seven.
Rathburn made two freethrows; but the Pacers got buckets from Todd and Canaan Johnson to jump ahead by nine.
Peters hit another three-pointer —he had 13 points in the quarter, the only field goals that the Cougars would have — and Scruggs made two more freethrows, but the final horn sounded with Switzerland County in front, 55-51.
Williams led Switzerland County with 18 points in basically three quarters of play; while Griffith finished with 11.
Riley and Canaan Johnson had 10 points each to make it four players in double figures.
Todd had four points; and Sullivan contributed two.
Scruggs had 19 to lead South Decatur, while Peters rode his hot fourth quarter to 15 total points.
In the junior varsity game, South Decatur defeated Switzerland County 50-43.
Briar Johnson led Switzerland County with 13 points; while Mason Peelman was in double figures with 11.
Cale Collier and Austin Hemingway each added eight points; Cale Cumbie had two; and Carson Griffith chipped in one.