Perry Central pulls away from Tell City girls in second half

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Hot shooting by Hilarie Hahus in the last 10 1/2 minutes helped Perry Central pull away from Tell City 48-33 in the first game of the PSC Holiday Tip-off girls basketball tourney Saturday.


Both teams were cold in the first half: Tell City was 4 for 22 from the field and Perry Central was 7 for 21 with 13 turnovers.


Tell City still trailed by only two points, 26-24, after Ashley Fella hit a 12-foot baseline jumper with 21⁄2 minutes left in the third quarter.


Hahus replied with a 17-footer from the wing. That started a 10-0 Perry Central run in which she would score six points.


She scored 11 points in the last 101⁄2 minutes to finish with a game-high 13 points on 6 of 11 field-goal shooting after being in a shooting slump for the previous 11⁄2 games.


“Hilarie has the green light (to shoot) at all times,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson. “We told her at halftime to keep taking those shots—she’s a good shooter.”


As for the Commodores’ first-half woes on offense, Dickerson said, “Tell City had a lot to do with that. That’s the best 0-8 team I’ve seen in a long time.”


“I thought our defense in the first half was pretty good,” said Tell City Coach John Lyons. “In the second half we didn’t take away what they wanted to do like we did in the first half. We didn’t keep the ball out of the middle, so they got a lot of back cuts and layups.”


Tell City never did get its shooting going, hitting only 31.6 percent from the field compared with Perry Central’s 45.0 percent for the game.


“We took some bad shots, but we just couldn’t get the ball to go into the ocean,” said Lyons. “You have some of those days.”


But the Marksmen committed only 16 turnovers, their lowest totals of the season.


Still Dickerson felt “our pressure eventually wore them down.”


Besides Hahus, Rachael Rayford had a strong game for Perry Central. She scored 12 points on 6 of 7 field-goal shooting and had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.


Katie Schwartz grabbed eight rebounds as Perry Central won the board battle 34-22.


McKenzie Hayes led Tell City with 12 points and 11 rebounds. But she had an off shooting game, hitting 4 of 12 from the field and 4 of 11 free throws.