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Paoli blitzes Tell City

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By Larry Goffinet

PAOLI—Tell City played a strong first quarter but followed that with two bad quarters in a 76-52 boys basketball loss to Paoli Saturday.

The Marksmen had a nice inside-outside balance the first quarter.

Center Jesse Stow scored six points inside and Jordan Rhodes was 3 for 3 on three-point shooting (with Stow getting kick-out assists on two of them) as the Marksmen built a 22-17 first-quarter lead on 9 for 14 field-goal shooting.

But Stow was held scoreless the rest of the game and leading scorer Andy Chinn was held scoreless in the second quarter as the Marksmen tallied only five points and fell behind 28-27.

The Marksmen had defensive problems in the third quarter, giving Paoli 29 points on 11 of 16 field-goal shooting, to fall behind 57-40.

Logan Laswell, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, scored nine points to lead the 8-5 Rams that quarter.

He finished with a game-high 25 points on 10 of 15 field-goal shooting and 4 of 4 free throws.

All nine of his two-point field goals came from within 7 feet of the basket.

He also made several nice passes to teammates for inside baskets.

“We let Laswell get the ball in the middle against the press and then he’d drop it off inside,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “He’s a nice player, but we made him look like all-world.”

Tell City built a 9-2 lead before Paoli started working the ball inside consistently.

“Early we did a nice job covering the middle,” said Hayes. “We started out great, but then we hit a wall and I don’t know why.”

Chinn led Tell City with 17 points and Rhodes added 15 points on 5 of 7 three-point shooting. Corey Young had five assists.

“I thought Jordan played his best game,” said Hayes.

Paoli outrebounded the Marksmen 29-16. No one grabbed more than three for the Marksmen.

Tell City hit 50.0 percent from the field but Paoli hit 55.4 percent, including 25 of 38 from two-point range.

Tell City, 4-10, will visit Pike Central Friday at 7 p.m.

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Paoli won the junior varsity game 42-41.

Greg Hollinden had 10 points and five rebounds, Nick Kleaving nine points and six rebounds, and Sean Flannagan seven points for 7-6 Tell City.