Defense, guard scoring lead TC past Vikings

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By Larry Goffinet

POSEYVILLE - Tell City's boys basketball team may have rediscovered its winning ways in time to build some momentum for the sectional.

The Marksmen played strong defense and their starting guards matched North Posey's entire point output as the Marksmen won 47-37 Saturday afternoon.

The win ended a 1-3 stretch for the Marksmen (with the only win coming in overtime) after they had started the season 12-2.

"We defended finally," said Tell City Coach John Hayes. "We played more man-to-man than we had been lately, but we also played some zone and went to our press a little bit. And we did a good job defending in our traps."

The Marksmen held North Posey to 19 points in the first half but still trailed 19-16 at halftime.

"The first half I thought we were still stagnant on offense," said Hayes. "So the second half we ran some flex to get some more movement."

Tell City outscored the Vikings 16-8 in the third quarter, taking the lead for good early in that period.

"Ryan (Zuelly) hit a couple of nice shots, Andy (Chinn) hit a three, and Joe (Kohnert) did a nice job getting to the line," said Hayes of that decisive stretch.

The Marksmen preserved their lead by hitting 15 free throws in the fourth quarter. They made 21 of 28 for the game.

Zuelly went 9 for 9 at the line in the second half. He finished with a game-high 21 points and Chinn added 16.

North Posey edged Tell City in field-goal shooting 40.5 percent to 39.3 percent. But the Vikings shot only seven free throws.

The Vikings also edged Tell City in rebounds 23-22. But the Marksmen committed only seven turnovers - five fewer than the Vikings.

Kohnert grabbed seven rebounds for the Marksmen.

Junior center Jon Marvel led the Vikings with nine points and eight rebounds.

Tell City improved to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in the PAC. North Posey fell to 4-14 overall, 0-6 in the conference.

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Tell City won the junior varsity game 43-39 as Corey Young had 11 points and four assists and Jamal Noland had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Tell City improved to 11-17.