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Defense helps Tell City girls win two in a row

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - Tell City used strong showings on defense to win girls basketball games Thursday and Friday.

The Marksmen held Southridge to a season-low point total as they beat the Raiders 35-18 in a PAC game Thursday.

The Raiders, who fell to 0-2 in the conference and 0-7 overall, hit only 16.1 percent from the field.

They did not reach double figures in points until 2:30 left in the third quarter.

The Marksmen also got off to a slow start, leading only 9-6 at halftime after hitting just 4 of 18 shots from the field.

But they heated up in the third quarter, hitting 7 of 10 from the field to build a 25-10 lead.

Jaycee Guillaume and Lauren Goffinet each scored six points that quarter.

Guillaume hit a 12-foot baseline shot and scored on two low-post moves.

Goffinet hit an 18-footer from the wing, a driving shot, and two free throws.

Goffinet finished with a game-high 14 points. Guillaume was next with the six she scored in the second quarter.

Freshman forward Taylor Klem led Southridge with six points.

Guillaume grabbed nine rebounds and Dana Sibrel added seven as the Marksmen won the board battle 28-20.

Sibrel blocked five shots and Goffinet had three assists. Three Marksmen each made two steals.

"I thought we played pretty well on defense," said Tell City Coach John Lyons. "Our game stepped up 100 percent tonight."

Tell City beat Paoli 51-35 in a non-conference game Friday.

"We played an all-right game," said Lyons after that contest. "Our defense wasn't quite as good as last night, but Marianne (Krueger) forced several five-second counts out front.

"She and Dana played well on defense. Nobody had a bad night."

Sibrel, a 5-11 center, led the Marksmen with a career-high 20 points on 9 of 11 field-goal shooting and 2 of 2 free throws. Goffinet added 19 points. Krueger made four steals and had four assists.

"Dana shot the ball really well," said Lyons. "She was knocking down 15-footers left and right."

Breanna York, a 5-foot-6 junior forward, led Paoli, 1-5, with 14 points.

Tell City's junior varsity beat Paoli 25-13 as Felicia Kellems scored five points.

Chelsea Hemmings, Karen Damin and Kyli Smithson each added four points for the Marksmen.

The JV Marksmen lost to Southridge 31-15. Mariah Alvey scored eight points to lead Tell City.

Tell City, 3-3 in varsity and 1-4 in JV, will host Northeast Dubois Thursday at 5:30 p.m.