Raiders beat Tell City

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Sports Editor

TELL CITY—Tell City struggled against Southridge’s full-court press early and lost 45-31 in PAC boys basketball Friday.
The Marksmen fell behind 8-1 in the first five minutes before Matthew Watts scored their first field goal on a three-pointer from the top of the key.
They committed eight turnovers in the first quarter and 21 for the game. The Raiders’ quick hands intercepted several passes and deflected some others.
“We had 21 turnovers, so that’s still what’s hurting us right now,” said Tell City Coach Brent Owen. “But I definitely thought we showed a little bit of improvement against the press.”
The Marksmen fell behind by as many as 18 points in the second quarter and 21 in the third quarter before making a bit of a comeback in the fourth quarter.
Watts scored consecutive field goals on a three-pointer from a few feet behind the arc and a driving 7-foot shot to cut the gap to 40-29 with 2:25 left.
That was the last field goal the Marksmen scored, though. And they didn’t take advantage of their chances at the free-throw line, missing 2 of 4 down the stretch and hitting only 40.0 percent at the line for the game.
Southridge outshot Tell City from the field 39.5 percent to 32.4 percent. But the Marksmen tied the taller Raiders in rebounds 27-27.
“I thought our effort on the boards has been good all season,” said Owen. “No one’s outrebounded us by much.”
Watts grabbed six rebounds and Grant Sanders added five.
Watts also led Tell City in scoring with 15 points. Brennan Malone added nine, hitting four of his first five field-goal attempts.
Drew Mowery had four assists.
Chad O’Bryan, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, led Southridge with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Tell City fell to 0-4 overall, 0-2 in the PAC. Southridge improved to 2-0 in the conference and overall.
The Marksmen will host Tecumseh Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Southridge won the JV game 35-18.
Rhett Baumeister and Mitchell Huck each scored four points to lead 2-2 Tell City.
Matt Zabel grabbed four rebounds and Reed Goffinet had four assists.