Defense helps Tell City sting Hornets

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By The Staff

TELL CITY—Tell City held Hancock County to 37.2 percent field-goal shooting and beat the Hornets 67-50 in boys basketball Saturday.

“We defended a little bit,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes, obviously happy with the improvement in that part of his team’s game after it gave up 84 points to Evansville North two days earlier.

Tell City trailed 12-10 after one quarter. But Andy Chinn and Jamal Noland led a second-quarter rally that put the Marksmen up 36-22 at halftime.

“They tried to play a box-and-one on Andy that quarter, and he started getting to the basket,” said Hayes. “He also hit a couple of pull-up jumpers on the baseline, so they had to get out of it.

“Jamal did some nice stuff the second quarter. He made some really strong moves in the post.

“He had his best game of the year. He had 12 points (on 5 for 7 field-goal shooting) and 10 rebounds. He had four offensive rebounds—he was really active.”

 Chinn finished with 20 points to lead the Marksmen and Corey Young added 13.

Center Jesse Stow added eight points and five rebounds as he teamed with Noland to give the Marksmen their most production of the season from their two inside players.

Jared Keown led Hancock County’s  balanced attack with 12 points.

Tell City, 6-12, will host North Posey Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Marksmen’s homecoming ceremonies will take place at approximately 2 p.m., after the 1 p.m. junior varsity game.

New members of Tell City’s Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced at halftime of the varsity game.

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Tell City won the JV game 42-30 as Nick Kleaving scored 12 points and Greg Hollinden and Shane Weedman each added eight.

Hollinden and Alex Cole each grabbed five rebounds for the Marksmen, who improved to 11-6.