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Cougars claw Cannelton

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By Larry Goffinet

CALHOUN, Ky.—Cannelton hit only 19.6 percent from the field in a 76-38 boys basketball loss to McLean County Tuesday.

While the Bulldogs were cold, McLean County hit 46.0 percent from the field, including making 10 of 26 three-point shots.

Facing Cannelton’s zone defense, the Cougars took over 40 percent of their shots from three-point range.

“We’re not deep enough to play man-to-man (defense),” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.

Collin Rose, a 5-foot-9 guard, led McLean County with 31 points. He hit 12 of 19 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from three-point range.

Cannelton hit only 1 of 20 three-point shots.

The Bulldogs hit only 8 of 26 from two-point range, as McLean County’s 1-2-1-1 full-court press caused them to rush some shots.

“A lot of times we did a lot of nice things against their press,” said Garrett. “But we missed some layups out of it.

“They were extremely quick--not quite as quick as Wood Memorial but quicker than Tell City. And when we did get by the press, they recovered well.”

Cody Lawalin and Spencer Herzog led Cannelton with 12 points apiece. They each hit 3 of 9 from the field.

The Bulldogs were also cold at the free-throw line. They went to the line 37 times but made only 19.

A bright spot for Cannelton was the rebounding of 5-foot-9 senior guard Ethan Herzog. He grabbed 16 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive boards.

“Ethan did a tremendous job on the boards,” said Garrett. “He does a real nice job of turning his head and finding someone to block out.”

Ethan Patton added eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. Spencer Herzog made five steals.

McLean County outrebounded the Bulldogs 45-35. Alex Free grabbed 12 for the Cougars.

Cannelton fell to 0-3 while the game was McLean County’s season opener.

The Bulldogs will host Perry Central Friday at 8 p.m.