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TELL CITY - Strong defense and rebounding carried Tell City past Heritage Hills 65-33 in PAC boys basketball Tuesday.
The Marksmen held Heritage Hills to single-digit scoring in every quarter.
They outshot the Patriots from the field 48.9 percent to 32.5 percent and outrebounded them 31-23, holding the Patriots to just four offensive rebounds.
Still the Marksmen led only 20-15 at halftime, as they got off to a sluggish start on offense themselves.
They hit only 8 of 25 shots from the field in the first half as they rarely got the ball inside.
Center Eric Henrickson took only three shots that half, and two of them came on offensive rebounds. Forward-center Jay Ziegelgruber scored one of his two baskets on a rebound.
"We had opportunities to get it inside in the first half and didn't," said Tell City Coach John Hayes. "The second half we told them to get it inside more."
Forward Joseph Kohnert and Henrickson each scored inside in the team's offense and Kohnert also made a rebound basket as the Marksmen went on an 8-2 run to start the second half.
After they went inside first, it was easier for them to hit three-point shots too.
Andy Chinn hit two of them later in the third quarter and added another one to start the fourth-quarter scoring as the Marksmen expanded their lead to 42-24.
By then Heritage Hills had to extend its defense (the Patriots stayed in a tight 2-3 zone the entire first half), giving the Marksmen more room to make backdoor cuts.
Henrickson and Chinn each scored on one such play as the Marksmen increased their lead to 48-24 with 5:22 left in the third quarter.
The Marksmen hit 15 of 22 shots from the field in the second half. They were 4 of 9 from three-point range after hitting 3 of 10 the first half.
Chinn led them with 19 points, hitting 5 of 10 shots from three-point range and 2 of 2 inside the arc.
Henrickson and Ryan Zuelly each added 11 points. Henrickson hit 5 of 6 from the field.
Kohnert led the Marksmen in rebounds with 14.
"He rebounded like a man tonight," said Hayes. "I think he's done a good job all year, though - he's averaging over seven rebounds a game."
Senior forward-guard Tony Butcher led Heritage Hills with 13 points and five rebounds.
Butcher, one of the top five scorers in Heritage Hills' 36-year school history, was held to two points in the second half.
Tell City committed just five turnovers, its second consecutive game with seven or fewer.
"I'm very pleased with the way we handled the ball and defended," said Hayes.
With their first win over Heritage Hills in seven years, the Marksmen improved to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the PAC.
Heritage Hills, also 5-3 in the conference, fell to 10-10 overall.
The Marksmen are off until Feb. 29, when they will play South Spencer in the Huntingburg sectional at approximately 7:40 p.m.
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Heritage Hills won the junior varsity game 43-36.
Jason Hackbarth and Jesse Stowe each scored nine points for Tell City, 12-8.
Jamal Noland grabbed seven rebounds for the Marksmen and Hackbarth added five.