1/4/2018 3:00:00 PM Cold night leads to cold shooting, as Pacers fall to Seymour by a final of 43-28
It was a cold night on Saturday - and a frigid way for the Switzerland County Pacer boys varsity basketball team to wrap up the 2017 portion of its schedule.
The Pacers hosted Class 4A Seymour, and the visiting Owls also suffered through some cold shooting spells, but at the end Seymour prevailed by a final score of 43-28.
The first quarter was the warmest one of the cold night, as Switzerland County outscored Seymour 15-14.
Kyle Whitham got off to a hot start, connecting on two three-pointers and adding a field goal for eight first period points; while Damian Breeck and Cade Rider also hit from three-point range. Austin South added a freethrow to complete the scoring tally.
Seymour was led in the first quarter - and throughout the contest - by guard Ty McCory, who had two three-pointers for six points total in the opener; and Zach Moore added four points.
But if the first period gave end of the year fans hope, the second quarter took that away, as Seymour outscored Switzerland County by a 17-2 mark over the eight minutes to grab a 31-17 lead at the half.
McCory did the damage for the Owls, hitting three more three-pointers and adding a field goal to account for 11 points; while Alan Perry had the other six on a field goal and four freethrows.
Whitham had the lone bucket of the quarter for the Pacers.
Down by 14 entering the second half, Switzerland County saw its offense begin to show signs of life, outscoring the Owls by a 9-8 count, but it wasn't enough to cut too deeply into the deficit.
Breeck had five points in the quarter, including a three-pointer; while Whitham and South each had field goals.
McCory continued his busy offensive night with two more three-pointers for Seymour; while Tiller Cummings added the other bucket.
If the first three periods featured both hot streaks and cool spells, the final stanza fell right into the freezer, as both teams saw their offenses go as cold as the outside weather, with Seymour scoring just four points in the period; while Switzerland County - for the second time in the game - scored just two.
Both Pacer points were from the freethrow line, as both Breeck and South connected on one charity each, but Switzerland County failed to convert a field goal for the entire quarter.
Making matters worse was when South went diving into the bleachers after a loose ball in the fourth period; and in doing so punctured his leg - resulting in him having to leave the contest. The Pacers leading scorer eventually ended up with stitches from the gash; but will hopefully be able to play tonight (Thursday) against South Dearborn in the Rivertown Classic.
Final score on Saturday night: Seymour 43, Switzerland County 28.
Whitham led the Pacers with 12 points; with Breeck adding nine; South four; and Rider had three.
McCory was the leading scorer on the night, finishing with 25 points for Seymour; while Perry had eight; Cummings added six; and Moore had four.
In the junior varsity game on Saturday night, Seymour fended off the Pacers by a final score of 45-41.
Coby Chase led Switzerland County with 16 points in the game; while Zach Weaver was right behind, finishing with 15 points. Damian Courter had seven points; Dustin Pedraza had two; and Patrick Stow finished with one point.
Switzerland County now enters this week's Rivertown Classic with an overall record of 2-7; but the Pacers opening opponent, South Dearborn, is a familiar one, as the two teams squared off just before Christmas in the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament. Switzerland County won that game by a final score of 48-45.
The Pacers and the Knights will play tonight (Thursday) at South Dearborn, with tip off at 6 p.m. The boys consolation and championship games will then be played this Saturday, January 6th, with the consolation at 6 p.m. and the championship at 8 p.m.