Cannelton girls' shooting cold in loss to Tecumseh

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON - Cannelton hit only 19.4 percent from the field in a 74-27 girls basketball loss to Tecumseh Thursday.

The Bulldogs also hurt themselves by committing 24 turnovers.

And Tecumseh found enough seams in the Bulldogs' 2-3 zone defense to hit 10 three-point baskets.

The Braves hit three three-pointers and scored two baskets directly off steals as they jumped to a 19-3 lead in the first 6:20 of the game.

"Turnovers killed us," said Cannelton Coach Jeff Miller. "We' ve got to get away from throwing lazy passes."

Tecumseh had quick hands and played the passing lanes well to pick off several telegraphed passes.

Nakaa Myers scored five points in a 27-second span early in the second quarter to pull Cannelton within 11 points, 21-10. She hit two free throws and a three-point basket.

But Tecumseh replied with two consecutive baskets by Hailey Menke on an 18-footer from the wing and a rebound shot.

The Braves led by at least 15 points the rest of the way and stretched their advantage to as much as 50 points.

Freshman forward Brianna Simpson led Cannelton with 15 points, including three three-point baskets. She hit 4 of 6 free throws.

Myers made 2 of 2 at the line and Brooke Powers 3 of 4 as Cannelton edged Tecumseh in free-throw shooting 69.2 percent to 66.7 percent.

Cannelton hit 7 of 36 shots from the field, including 4 of 15 from three-point range.

Menke, a 5-foot-4 freshman guard, led Tecumseh with 24 points.

The Bulldogs grabbed 23 rebounds. Simpson and Jaci Garrett each had five and Powers and Whitney Nugent each got four.

Cannelton fell to 0-3 while Tecumseh improved to 1-1.