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Eagles top Cannelton girls

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By Larry Goffinet

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Portland Christian dominated the rebounding and defeated Cannelton 47-43 in girls basketball Saturday.

The Bulldogs grabbed only 18 rebounds and committed 27 turnovers. They hit 32.1 percent (17 of 53) from the field.

They got off to a cold start, scoring only one point in the first 5:22 as they fell behind 8-1.

Still they rallied from a 12-point deficit to close the gap to two points in the final minute.

Nakaa Myers hit a 15-footer out front and Jaci Garrett hit 1 of 2 free throws to make the score 45-43 with 10.5 seconds left.

The Bulldogs then had to foul to try to get the ball back.

Arielle Istre hit two free throws for the Eagles with 8.2 seconds left to clinch the victory for them.

The Eagles had hit only 8 of 17 free throws before Istre made those two.

Still they outshot Cannelton from the line, as the Bulldogs hit just 7 of 19.

"If we'd hit our free throws, we'd have won," said Cannelton Coach Jeff Miller.

He also said the Bulldogs were hurt by "some weak passes against a very aggressive team. But this gave us an opportunity to face an aggressive team and get used to it."

Myers, a sophomore guard, led Cannelton with 16 points. She hit 7 of 17 shots from the field and 1 of 3 free throws.

She made four field goals in the fourth quarter, all from 15-20 feet.

"Nakaa had the hot hand and Jaci (Garrett) was getting the ball to her," noted Miller.

Garrett had five assists for the Bulldogs. She also led them in rebounds with five and steals with five.

Cannelton fell to 3-14 while Portland Christian improved to 3-12.