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TELL CITY—Perry Central could not overcome a slow start and lost to Heritage Hills 41-27 in the championship game of the PSC Holiday Tip-off girls basketball tourney Monday.
Each team went 2-0 Saturday in the four-team, round-robin tourney, setting this up as the game for the title.
The Commodores’ game plan was to be patient and work for good shots. But they hit only 28.9 percent from the field.
“We didn’t shoot well again and I don’t know why, because we got pretty good shots,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson.
The Patriots hit 44.1 percent and used their quickness to go on an 8-2 run early to build an 11-5 lead.
Lyndsi Woolems and Leah Beckman each hit a driving field goal and free throw in that stretch and Lyndi Collins scored a fast-break layup off a steal by Beckman.
“I thought we were just a little careless at first,” said Dickerson. “We knew they were quick, but they just got around us way too many times.
“For the most part in the third quarter (when they Commodores held the Patriots to two points) I thought we did what we wanted to do.”
With the Commodores’ being deliberate on offense much of the game, Rachael Rayford and Deidra Dickerson led them with six points apiece.
“I thought Rachael did a good job penetrating,” said Bill Dickerson.
Deidra Dickerson grabbed six rebounds as Perry Central edged the Patriots 25-24 in that department.
Lavina Schwartz had four assists.
Woolems led the 8-3 Patriots with 13 points.
Perhaps looking ahead to Monday’s matchup, Perry Central had to go overtime to beat winless South Spencer 36-34 in each team’s second game Saturday.
Perry Central’s 38-24 rebounding advantage, including several key offensive rebounds, proved to be the difference in that game.
Hilarie Hahus grabbed a long offensive rebound and hit a three-pointer from the baseline to put the Commodores up 34-31 with less than four minutes left in regulation.
South Spencer tied the game on free throws to send it into overtime.
Perry Central center Katie Schwartz hit two free throws with 6.5 seconds left for the only scoring in overtime.
Hahus and Katie Schwartz each had 11 points and seven rebounds in that game. Rayford had three steals and three assists.
Perry Central, 9-3, will visit Springs Valley Jan. 2.