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Marksmen's frontline dominates Cannelton

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - Tell City's starting frontline hit 80.0 percent from the field as the Marksmen beat Cannelton 82-34 in boys basketball Friday.

The Marksmen used their superior height - an average of 6 inches per man on the starting frontlines, according to heights listed on the rosters - to dominate inside.

Center Eric Henrickson scored a career-high 18 points on 7 of 9 field-goal shooting and 4 of 4 free throws.

Forward Joseph Kohnert added 11 points on 5 of 6 field-goal shooting and Jay Ziegelgruber scored 10 on 4 of 5 field-goal shooting and 2 of 3 free throws.

Kohnert hit one three-point shot but the other 15 field goals by the three frontliners all came from within six feet of the basket.

Cannelton played an unusual looking shifting zone defense that at times looked like a 2-3 and at other times a 1-3-1.

"We couldn't tell whether it was a one-guard front or a two-guard front at times," said Tell City Coach John Hayes. "But with our size, if we go high-low it doesn't really matter - not many people are going to stop us inside."

"We put in a new zone Tuesday, thinking we could check out better out of it," said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. "But we got lost in it at times."

The Bulldogs still had rebounding problems, too, as Tell City won the board battle 41-24.

Kohnert and Ziegelgruber each grabbed six rebounds. Henrickson and reserve guard Michael DuPre each added five.

The Marksmen scored seven rebound baskets.

Besides their strong inside play, the Marksmen got solid three-point shooting from their guards.

Andy Chinn hit 5 of 9 three-point shots and finished with 16 points.

Ryan Zuelly added 15 points, including 3 of 8 three-point shooting.

The Marksmen hit 11 inside shots, including three on rebounds, and four three-pointers as they jumped to a 37-11 lead in the first 11:45.

Zuelly scored 10 points, Kohnert nine, and Henrickson eight in that span.

"All of our starters scored in double figures and I was pleased with how our bench players played," said Hayes. "I really like the way Michael DuPre hustles all the time when he's out there."

Evan Rothgerber made four steals for Tell City and Kohnert had four assists.

Justin Dooley and Tyler Aud each scored seven points to lead Cannelton. Chase Gerber led the Bulldogs in rebounds with six.

Tell City improved to 4-2 while Cannelton fell to 2-6.

The Marksmen will play Corydon in the first round of the PSC Classic at Tell City Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs are off until they host Tecumseh Jan. 5.

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Tell City won the junior varsity game 61-23 as Jamal Noland scored 12 points and Jordan Alvey and Eric Arnold each added nine.

Alvey also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jesse Stowe grabbed seven rebounds.

Cody Lawalin scored 11 points to lead Cannelton.