New basketball league helps girls develop their skills

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - There's a new basketball league on the map.

No, not another professional minor league. Rather it's Tell City's intramural league for girls in grades 5-6.

In recent years Tell City has added fifth and sixth grade girls teams that play about 12 games a year against other schools starting in December.

But there were still a lot of girls in those grades who didn't get much playing time, some of whom might be late-blooming basketball players and might be needed on the varsity down the line.

To help develop their skills and get the girls ready for inter-school play, Tell City varsity girls coach John Lyons started a new four-team league this fall for Tell City girls in grades 5-6.

They work on fundamentals and learn how to line up for free throws, etc.

League rules require teams to play man-to-man defense. They can press full-court only in the last four minutes of a game - and then only if they are behind.

The league plays Tuesday nights at William Tell Elementary. Each team will play six games - the first ones were held Oct. 15 and the last ones will be Nov. 18.

Lyons recruited some knowledgeable coaches. One game Tuesday pitted a team coached by Jim Wilson, who played for Denny Doutaz at Perry Central, against one coached by Julie Bishop, who was a starting forward on two sectional runner-up teams at Cannelton before class basketball.

Wilson's team won 25-24 to improve to 4-0. But the close score indicates the league has achieved the balance Lyons hoped for when the league draft was held.