Bulldogs rip Rappites

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By Larry Goffinet

OAKLAND CITY—A 21-0 run in the middle of the game carried Cannelton past New Harmony 51-36 in the Wood Memorial girls basketball sectional semifinals Friday.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to play Wood Memorial for the title Saturday.

Friday’s game was tied 15-15 after New Harmony’s Hannah Morris hit a free throw with 4:45 left in the second quarter.

She actually hit a second free throw that would have given the Rappites their first lead, but it was negated because the officials said she stepped over the line before the ball reached the rim.

The Rappites would not score again until Morris hit a 15-foot shot with 2:33 left in the third quarter.

In the meantime Cannelton had built a 36-15 lead.

Sarah Powers scored eight Cannelton points in the decisive run, capping it with a baseline drive.

Her older sister, Brooke Powers, added five points in that streak and the other three Bulldog starters each scored four.

Jaci Garrett and Nakaa Myers each hit two shots from 14-17 feet in that stretch. But all the Bulldogs’ other points in that stretch came on inside baskets or free throws.

Though they usually rely on perimeter shooting, they did not make a three-point shot in this game.

“I told them early on we were taking too many outside shots,” said Cannelton Coach Jeff Miller. “I told them we had to start driving and looking for openings because the bottom was wide open.”

On defense he said, “I thought we got lackadaisical early on, but in the latter part of the second quarter and the first part of the third quarter we played great defense (usually a 1-3-1 zone).”

The Bulldogs also improved their rebounding as the game progressed. After getting outrebounded 26-18 in the first half, they won the board battle 23-16 in the second half to finish with a deficit of only one.

“The first half we weren’t blocking out very well,” said Miller.

Brooke Powers led the Bulldogs with 13 rebounds. Myers added 10 and Sarah Powers seven.

Sarah Powers led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points. Payton Reed scored 12 and Brooke Powers nine.

Sarah Powers and Garrett each had four assists and Reed made three steals.

Morris led 1-15 New Harmony with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bulldogs improved to 9-12, their most wins in seven years.