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Panthers rip Tell City

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

TELL CITY—Corydon hit 59.3 percent from the field and outrebounded Tell City 39-17 to beat the Marksmen 79-36 in the first round of the PSC Holiday Classic boys basketball tourney Friday.
It was kind of a pick-your-poison situation for Tell City against the tall, talented Panthers.
The Panthers dominated inside early against Tell City’s man-to-man defense as they jumped to an 11-0 lead. Star forward Bronson Kessinger scored inside twice in that stretch, on a rebound and a fast-break dunk.
And when the Marksmen went to a 2-3 zone, Corydon’s Brayden Lander played “around the world,” at the three-point line.
He hit one from the right wing, one from the left wing, and one from the corner in a one-minute span as the Panthers expanded their lead to 20-8.
He finished with 15 points.
Tell City never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
“They’re a very talented team,” said Tell City Coach Brent Owen. “They’re very well coached, and they definitely exposed some of our weaknesses tonight. I thought they played very well.”
The 6-foot-7 Kessinger grabbed 10 rebounds for the Panthers. But despite the Marksmen’s height disadvantage, Owen thought they should have done better on the boards.
“That was an effort thing,” said Owen. “Rebounding is a little bit size, but a lot of it’s positioning. I didn’t think our effort to get position on the boards was very good.”
Sophomore forward/guard Hunter Rowe, making his first varsity start, led Tell City with 16 points and four rebounds.
He scored 11 points in the first half on 4 of 5 field-goal shooting, including 3 of 3 from three-point range.
Despite the lopsided score, Tell City’s reserves played hard the last five minutes. That included Jimmy Phillips’ making a steal and layup.
“I thought Jimmy Phillips came in and played really hard,” said Owen. “I was proud of his effort.”
Tell City fell to 1-5. Corydon, ranked seventh in the state in Class 3A, improved to 5-0.