Goffinet’s 43 propel TC past Cannelton

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON—Lauren Goffinet scored a school-record 43 points to lead Tell City past Cannelton 63-43 in a girls basketball season opener Friday.

Goffinet scored 11 of the Marksmen’s 12 first-quarter points as that period ended in a 12-12 tie.

She added 11 points in the second quarter, including two free throws that gave the Marksmen the lead for good, 25-23, with 2:25 left in the half.

Cannelton remained close into the third quarter, though. Nakaa Myers hit a three-point shot from the wing with 7:22 left in that period to pull the Bulldogs within five points, 34-29.

Tell City answered with a decisive 11-0 run, though, including nine points by Goffinet.

She started it with a three-pointer out front and added two consecutive fast-break layups--one off her own steal and one off teammate Kyli Smithson’s steal.

After Smithson scored inside on an assist from Katie Kalin, Goffinet capped that streak with a transition basket off the dribble.

Goffinet said she thought “shooting off the dribble and getting rebounds” were her most effective offensive moves in the game.

She scored nine of her 16 field goals from within 7 feet of the basket, including four on rebounds.

She also hit three jumpers from 8-15 feet, two from 16-18 feet, two three-pointers, and 9 of 10 free throws.

“My hat’s off to Lauren,” said Cannelton Coach Jeff Miller. “We threw everything against her that we possibly could.

“But there was nothing we could do about her driving even if we had three people on her. And she can stop on a dime and go right up, and she’s definitely squared up when she shoots.”

Goffinet’s point total broke the previous school record of 42 set by Kara Kessans against New Harmony Feb. 10, 1998, and was just two short of the Perry County record set by Cannelton’s Theresa Alvey against Evansville Day Nov. 27, 1999.

Miller said the Bulldogs were hurt by their 25 turnovers. “We have to learn a little bit of patience and ball-control. But we’re young.”

Freshman guard Sarah Powers led Cannelton with 15 points and Myers added 10. Freshman Sammie James grabbed five rebounds.