Bulldogs cool down in 2nd half

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Sports Editor

CANNELTON—Cannelton used hot shooting to jump to a 26-9 lead but cooled off in the second half of a 61-49 girls basketball loss to Lanesville Thursday.
The Bulldogs hit 7 of 14 from the field, including 5 of 6 from three-point range, in the first quarter to build a 19-9 lead.
They added a 12-foot baseline shot by Allicyn Garrett and a three-pointer and two free throws by Mikah Hemmings in the first 1:42 of the second quarter to cap a 12-0 run and increase their lead to 17 points.
They still led 39-31 after Hemmings hit 1 of 2 free throws with 4:05 left in the third quarter.
But Lanesville went on an 18-5 run in the next 5:08 to take the lead for good.
Four Lanesville players each hit one three-pointer in that run, as the Bulldogs, with only six healthy players, may have been tiring on defense.
“We get tired trying to cover the corners (in a 2-3 zone defense),” said Cannelton Coach Mike Garrett.
Hemmings hit 5 of 8 free throws for Cannelton’s only points in that span.
In the second half the Bulldogs hit only 2 of 12 from the field and committed 19 turnovers.
They also had trouble defending reserve Anna Gronotte in the low post, as she hit 8 of 10 from the field and 2 of 2 free throws for the game for 18 points.
“Our help defense was late,” said Garrett. “We just have trouble rotating over.”
Hemmings led Cannelton with 29 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. She hit 16 of 22 free throws.
Melissa Clausen added nine points and six rebounds and Allicyn Garrett had eight points, six steals and five rebounds.
Mike Garrett said forward-guard Jordyn Vaught “played well in her first extensive minutes.”
Cannelton fell to 3-7 and Lanesville improved to  7-4.