Swiss make road kill out of Cougars behind nine 3's by Ritch
Saturday, December 01, 2012 4:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran used a 3-2 zone and a defense focused on stopping Switzerland County's big front line and boy did the Pacers' Chase Ritch make the Cougars pay.
Switzerland County junior guard Chase Ritch (above) hit nine 3-pointers in 12 attempts to tie a 16-year-old school record in Friday’s win over Trinity Lutheran. (Courier file photo)
Ritch, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, drained nine 3-pointers - on 9-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc to tie a 16-year-old school record held by Michael Gault - as the Pacers turned the Cougars into 80-46 road kill Friday night in Vevay.
"Trinity wanted to take away our inside game and we just worked it around their 3-2 zone with skips and kick-outs," Pacers head coach B.J. McAlister said. "Chase just kept hitting 3s and it was all just in the flow of the game. He was so smooth that when hit his seventh I looked at our stats guy to ask how many he had and by the time he told me seven Chase had hit his eighth."
McAlister said Ritch was "in a zone" - a 3-point shooting zone - as every one of his game-high 27 points came from behind the arc. Gault, the school recorder holder, was in attendance at the game and was quick to offer the young Pacer a handshake for joining him as the school's single-game leader.
According to McAlister, Ritch's big night from the field couldn't have come at a better time. Although the Pacers easily routed Trinity - the Swiss led 20-10 after a quarter and 33-17 at halftime on the strength of Ritch's six treys - much of the outside fireworks came with key players Austin Clark, Trevor Smith and Clint Swanson on the bench with early foul trouble.
"Clark, Smith and Swanson were on the bench in foul trouble while (Ritch) was making most of those 3s," McAlister said. "But we had 27 assists in the game. Not taking anything away from Chase, but it was a team win."
The Pacers ended the night with four players scoring in double figures as Clark (15), Alex Curran (15) and Braden Burk (11) joined Ritch in double figures while T.J. White scored eight.
"Everybody we put on the floor played well," McAlister said. "When you have great individual accomplishment it means you had great teamwork because it takes great team play for a guy like Chase to do what he did."
The Pacers, now 3-0, have a week off before their next game on Friday, Dec. 7 at Rising Sun. Trinity Lutheran, now 1-2, visits Indianapolis Tindley tonight.
Friday's Boys Game
SWITZERLAND CO. 80, TRINITY LUTHERAN 46
TRINITY 10 7 15 14 - 46
SWITZERLAND CO. 20 13 23 24 - 80
TRINITY LUTHERAN (1-2) - (g)C. Stuckwisch 15, (g)L. Stuckwisch 9, (c)Mat. Pinnow 5, Christopher 5, (f)Mar. Pinnow 4, VanLiew 4, (f)Harless 2, Rollins 2, Horton 0, Rebber 0, Toppe 0.
SWITZERLAND CO. (3-0) - (g)Ritch 27, (c)A. Curran 15, Clark 15, (g)Burk 11, (f)White 8, Smith 2, Swanson 2, (f)Powell 0, Phagan 0, B. Curran 0, Hunter 0.
3-Point Goals - Trinity Lutheran 5 (L. Stuckwisch 3, C. Stuckwisch 1, Christopher 1), Switzerland Co. 12 (Ritch 9, Burk 2, Clark 1). Free Throws - Trinity Lutheran 11-19 (57.9%), Switzerland Co. 6-11 (54.5%). Team Fouls - Trinity Lutheran 14, Switzerland Co. 19. Fouled Out - None. Turnovers - Trinity Lutheran 8, Switzerland Co. 9. Next Game - Trinity Lutheran visits Indianapolis Tindley tonight, Switzerland Co. hosts Rising Sun Friday, Dec. 7.