Perry Central stifles Marksmen’s offense

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By Larry Goffinet

LINCOLN CITY—Perry Central got off to a hot start from the field and played stifling defense on Tell City scoring leader Lauren Goffinet to beat the Marksmen 45-38 in the PSC girls holiday basketball tourney Monday.

Perry Central finished second in the four-team, round-robin tourney with a 2-1 record. Tell City was third at 1-2.

The Commodores played basically man-to-man defense but double- or triple-teamed Goffinet every time she got the ball. She entered the game with a 25.1-point scoring average but was held to 11 points.

“Our game plan was to make somebody else beat us,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson. “And we did a very good job on her. She’s a phenomenal player—one of the best in Southern Indiana.”

Jaycee Guillaume scored 12 points for Tell City--all on rebound baskets or low-post moves. But no one else picked up the slack for the Marksmen, who hit just 35.6 percent from the field.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well and we just didn’t take advantage of situations,” said Tell City Coach John Lyons.

“When they have a smaller guard on Lauren, we have to take advantage of that,” he added, indicating he would have liked to have seen the Marksmen get the ball to her in the low post more.

“And when they double-team her, we’ve got to step up and hit open shots.”

The Commodores, on the other hand, hit their shots, particularly Hilarie Hahus.

Hahus made four jumpers from 16-21 feet in the first 12 minutes to score nine points as the Commodores jumped to a 17-6 lead.

She added another 17-footer just before halftime as they expanded their lead to 13 points.

She finished with a game-high 18 points on 8 for 13 field-goal shooting, including 2 of 4 from three-point range.

“Hilarie’s always a good shooter—she’s been pretty consistent all year,” said Dickerson. “We’re trying to get her to shoot more off the dribble and she’s doing better at it.”

The Commodores hit 16 of 27 from the field in the first three quarters as they built a 37-21 lead.

They hit only 1 of 8 in the fourth quarter, though. They also missed 10 of 16 free throws and committed six turnovers that quarter to help Tell City pull within seven points.

They hit only 9 of 26 free throws for the game.

“That was glaring,” said Dickerson. “We had a 15-point lead and if we’d hit our free throws, the game would’ve been over. We’re normally not that bad a free-throw shooting team.”

Perry Central outrebounded Tell City 30-26 as Deidra Dickerson grabbed nine and Katie Schwartz eight.

Goffinet and Guillaume each grabbed seven rebounds for the Marksmen.

Rachael Rayford had four assists and three steals for Perry Central.

Perry Central, 7-5, will host Springs Valley 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

Tell City, 2-9, will visit Mater Dei 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3.