ROUGH DAY: Switzerland County’s Tyler Konkle (with ball) battles with South Decatur’s Lane Lauderbaugh (13) and Trent Nobbe (25) in the lane during Tuesday’s game at home. The Pacers had a rough go all night, falling behind by 26 at halftime and losing 77-68. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
ROUGH DAY: Switzerland County’s Tyler Konkle (with ball) battles with South Decatur’s Lane Lauderbaugh (13) and Trent Nobbe (25) in the lane during Tuesday’s game at home. The Pacers had a rough go all night, falling behind by 26 at halftime and losing 77-68. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Switzerland County mounted an impressive second-half comeback but the Pacers’ deficit to that point proved way too big to overcome in a 77-68 loss to South Decatur in boys basketball on Tuesday in Vevay.

The Pacers were seemingly defenseless as South Decatur erupted for 27 points in the second quarter to put Switzerland in a 46-20 hole at halftime.

Switzerland played the final 16 minutes with a renewed vigor, cutting the lead to six (67-61) with a minute and a half to play, but South Decatur went 12-of-16 from the free-throw line over the final two minutes to thwart the comeback.

While Switzerland coach Adam Dennis was pleased with the way his team played in the second half, he noted that the Pacers shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place.

“We played hard in the second half. Had we played that hard in the first half, it would have been a different outcome,” Dennis said. “When you play hard you play better and I hope that we figure that out.”

Both teams came into the game winless on the season but it was South Decatur that opened the game with a sense of urgency.

The Cougars (1-4) scored the first six points of the contest and never trailed although the Pacers stayed close for a bit. Switzerland answered South Decatur’s initial run with an 8-2 run of its own to tie the game at 8-8.

But from the 2:45 mark of the first quarter until halftime, the Cougars were in complete control. South closed the opening frame with an 11-4 run to go ahead 19-12 and then blew the Pacers off the floor 27-8 in the second period to turn the game into a rout.

South Decatur beat Switzerland in nearly every way imaginable in the second quarter. The Cougars hit five 3-pointers, went 6-for-7 at the free throw line and got nearly every loose ball on the floor.

“They got to EVERY loose ball,” Dennis corrected. “I’m anxious to see the rebounding numbers. We did a much better job in the second half but it’s because we played harder.”

Facing a 26-point deficit, Switzerland County (0-4) came out fighting in the second half and immediately cut into the Cougars’ lead. The Pacers opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run and went on a 20-6 run in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting.

Damian Breeck’s 3-pointer with 2:28 to play cut the deficit to under 10 at 65-57 and after the Cougars’ Wyatt Gatewood hit a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 10, back-to-back steals by Switzerland netted baskets by Dalton Tingle and Breeck to pull the Pacers to within 67-61 with 1:38 to play.

But any hopes of a full comeback were dashed by South Decatur’s performance at the free-throw line, led by junior Tyler Sporleder who hit all 10 of his attempts in the final minute and a half to ice the win.

Dennis said there was nothing he said at halftime to spur his Pacers to the big second half.

“I hope they were embarrassed. We’ve got to have pride in the way we play,” Dennis said. “I don’t believe that there is any magic halftime speech. You make adjustments, and hope that they have pride in themselves and the way that they play.”

Breeck, Tingle and Landon Wilks each finished with career-highs in scoring to lead Switzerland. Breeck scored 25 points on the strength of three 3-pointers, Tingle had 18 with most coming in the second half, and Wilks hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.

Lane Lauderbaugh scored 20 points, Gatewood had 17, Sporleder 14 and Hunter Johnson 12 to lead South Decatur.

Switzerland County returns to action on Friday when it travels to Rising Sun in a non-conference matchup.

Carroll rides big fourth quarter over Warriors

Carroll County saved its best for last, unleashing a 30-point fourth quarter to pull away for a convincing 65-41 boys basketball victory at Eminence for its first win of the season on Tuesday.

The Panthers led 13-9 after the first quarter but Eminence chipped away at the deficit to trail by just one after each of the next two quarters. Carroll finally put the Warriors away for good by going on a 30-7 run over the final eight minutes to pull away in decisive fashion.

Carroll (1-1) shot 52 percent from inside the arc and the Panthers’ defense forced Eminence into 27 turnovers, both key factors in the run the Panthers made late in the second half.

Keishaun Mumphrey made 8-of-14 from the field en route to a career-high 20 points to go along with six steals and five rebounds. Justin Williams added 10 points.

Eminence (0-3) was led by Kris Dixon with 13 points. The Warriors were held to just 14-of-41 shooting and shot 6-of-15 from the free throw line.

Carroll visits Owen County on Thursday.

Trimble Co. pulls away 61-49 at Owen Co.

Trimble County’s boys basketball team scored a 61-49 win at Owen County on Tuesday.

The Raiders jumped out to a eight-point lead (34-26) at halftime and increased that by one by the end of three quarters before pulling away for the win.

Reece Webster scored 15 points to lead the Raiders while Grant Weaver had 12 and Evan Stevens scored 11.

Trimble, now 2-1 on the season, hosts Walton-Verona tonight.



at Vevay



S. DECATUR 19 27 11 20 — 77

SWITZERLAND 12 8 17 31 — 68

SOUTH DECATUR (1-4) — (f)Lauderbaugh 20, (g)Gatewood 17, (g)Sporleder 14, (g)Johnson 12, Luttel 5, Diekhoff 4, Tetrick 3, Bower 2, (f)Nobbe 0.

SWITZERLAND CO. (0-4) — (g)Breeck 25, (f)Tingle 18, (g)Wilks 10, (f)Konkle 7, (g)Chase 4, Stow 4, Weaver 0.

3-Point Goals — South Decatur 6 (Johnson 2, Gatewood 2, Luttel 1, Tetrick 1), Switzerland Co. 6 (Breeck 3, Wilks 2, Tingle 1). Turnovers — South Decatur 19, Switzerland Co. 10. Total Fouls — South Decatur 21, Switzerland Co. 23. Free Throws — South Decatur 19-26, Switzerland Co. 10-23. Fouled Out — South Decatur: Lauderbaugh. Switzerland Co.: Breeck.


at Eminence


CARROLL CO. 13 8 14 30 — 65

EMINENCE 9 11 14 7 — 41

CARROLL CO. (1-1, 1-0 Dist. 31) — Mumphrey 20, Dixon 10, Rivers 7, Sandusky 7, Furnish 5, Duncan 5, Butcher 4, Strickland 3, Rodgers 2, Kelly 2, Hewitt 0, Shaw 0, Lacefield 0, Carter 0.

EMINENCE (0-3, 0-1 Dist. 31) — Dixon 13, Stivers 6, Hinkley 6, Sipes 6, Saunders 4, Mathis 4, Dotson 2, Ruzanka 0, Cook 0, Metten 0.

3-Point Goals — Carroll 1 (Rivers 1), Eminence 7 (Dixon 3, Stivers 2, Hinkley 2). Rebounds — Carroll 32 (Butcher 7), Eminence 24 (Saunders 7). Assists — Carroll 14 (Butcher 4), Eminence 0. Turnovers — Carroll 18, Eminence 24. Total Fouls — Carroll 17, 21. Free Throws — Carroll 16-21, Eminence 6-15. Fouled Out — Eminence: Hinkley, Dixon.