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TELL CITY—Tell City hit only 28.1 percent from the field and committed 27 turnovers in a 44-23 PAC girls basketball loss to Southridge Thursday.
The Marksmen did not score in the first seven minutes, falling behind 7-0. They went 0 for 7 from the field and committed six turnovers in the first quarter.
Southridge’s 34.0 percent field-goal shooting for the game was only slightly better than the Marksmen’s. But the Raiders took 21 more shots thanks to their committing 17 fewer turnovers and having a 32-28 rebounding edge.
“I told the girls that in the halfcourt we played them fairly close,” said Tell City Coach John Lyons. “But we gave up a lot of points on the press—that’s been our story all year.
“We’re young and inexperienced, but we’re playing hard. We’ve just got to get better at our skills.”
The Marksmen had four freshmen on the floor at times, even in the first half.
Their most skilled freshman, center McKenzie Hayes, sat out 6:16 of the first half in foul trouble.
She got 11 points and 12 rebounds in the second half, when the Marksmen were outscored by only nine points and edged the Raiders in rebounds 18-16.
Hayes finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Two other Marksmen each scored four points and their other six players who saw action did not score.
Through five games Hayes is leading the state in rebounding with a 16.4 average.
Junior guard Mackenzi Seib led Southridge with 13 points.
Tell City fell to 0-5 overall, 0-2 in the PAC. Southridge is 3-5 overall, 1-1 in the conference.
The Marksmen will host Northeast Dubois Thursday at 7 p.m.
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Southridge won the junior varsity game 36-9. Lacey Briggs scored five points for Tell City in one quarter of action.