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COLUMBUS—Melissa Clausen handled the ball well and hit 4 of 6 free throws in the last two minutes as shorthanded Cannelton held off Columbus Christian 52-42 in girls basketball Saturday.
Columbus Christian, with four new girls on its roster this year, shot well early and jumped to a quick lead.
Behind Mikah Hemmings’ 29 points and Allicyn Garrett’s 18 rebounds, Cannelton came back, though, eventually building a 12-point lead with four minutes left in the game.
Garrett fouled out with five minutes left, though, and Hemmings fouled out a minute later.
That meant the Bulldogs had to play the final four minutes without their two best players and with only four players left on the court, as they have only six healthy ones on their roster.
Of the four remaining, three are first-year varsity players and one is a second-year player. That basically sums up most of them’s experience in basketball at any level.
Still they kept their lead in double digits most of the way.
“Melissa took over the point and she really played well under pressure,” said Cannelton Coach Mike Garrett.
Clausen, a sophomore, finished with eight points, all on free throws, and added five rebounds and only one turnover for the game.
Fellow sophomore Mollie Ingle added nine points and 12 rebounds.
Hemmings made four steals, Garrett three, and Ingle two.
The Crusaders outshot Cannelton from the field 37.2 percent to 27.3 percent but Cannelton won the rebound battle 40-21.
Kassie Alden scored 13 points for the Crusaders and Emily Price grabbed 11 rebounds.
Cannelton improved to 7-8 with its third win in a row.
The Bulldogs will host Rock Creek Friday at 5 p.m.