North nips Tell City in OT

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By Larry Goffinet

EVANSVILLE - Jordan Parker scored nine points in overtime as Evansville North defeated Tell City 85-75 in boys basketball Thursday.

Parker, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, did most of his scoring on offensive rebounding and post-up moves as he went to the basket like a bull going through a china shop.

He was held to three points the first 25 minutes but scored four points in the fourth quarter on offensive rebounds.

His two free throws after an offensive rebound gave the Huskies a 64-63 lead with 0:41 left in regulation.

Tell City came back to force overtime, though.

Evan Rothgerber hit a three-point shot from the top of the key to start the Marksmen's rally.

After David Alexander hit two free throws for North, Tell City guard Ryan Zuelly scored on a drive.

Rothgerber made a steal and was fouled with 0:09 left in regulation. He hit 1 of 2 free throws to tie the score 66-66.

But North dominated the overtime. Parker scored the first two baskets of the extra session inside.

Tell City could never come closer than two points the rest of the way.

The Marksmen started the game hot, taking a 33-19 lead with 4:21 left in the second quarter on Andy Chinn's third three-pointer of the game.

They were 13 for 23 from the field at that point. But they hit only 10 of 31 the rest of the way to finish at 42.6 percent, their second worst field-goal shooting game of the season.

North hit only 6 of its first 15 shots from the field but made 21 of 36 the rest of the way to finish at 52.9 percent.

Turnovers also hurt the Marksmen as they committed 20, one of their worst totals of the season.

That was just two more than North had, but the Marksmen made "stupid turnovers," said Tell City Coach John Hayes. "The turnovers we made weren't forced. We started trying to dribble through five guys and then we started throwing the ball like this (making an underhand motion).

"What's really disappointing is we started so well. We were moving the ball and doing the things we needed to do. Then all of a sudden we just quit..

"We played pretty good defense on No. 22 (David Alexander) until the middle of the fourth quarter. Then we just let him go wherever he wanted to go."

Alexander led North with 21 points. Three other Huskies scored at least 16.

Zuelly scored 20, Chinn 18, Joseph Kohnert 16, and Eric Henrickson 10 for Tell City.

North edged Tell City in rebounds 30-28 as Parker grabbed eight. Zuelly led Tell City with seven.

Tell City fell to 13-5 while North improved to 8-7.

The Marksmen will host Pike Central Thursday at 7 p.m.

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North won the junior varsity game 51-39.

Jesse Stowe had 12 points and seven rebounds for Tell City, 10-7. Corey Young added seven points and three assists and Jordan Rhodes scored six.