Rappites clip Bulldogs

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By Phillip Ball

NEW HARMONY—New Harmony scored 26 points in the first quarter en route to a 77-62 victory over Cannelton in boys basketball Friday.

“We lost track of Perry in the first quarter,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett referring to New Harmony’s 6-foot-5 senior center, Robert Perry.

Perry scored 13 of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter.

The 9-6 Rappites also grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the first quarter to build an 11-point lead. 

Cannelton did a better job of rebounding and keeping Perry in check in the second quarter but still trailed by 12 at halftime.

The Bulldogs came out hot to start the third quarter, hitting three three-pointers as part of an 11-4 run in the first two minutes of the period to cut New Harmony’s lead to five.

“I was proud of the way our kids battled back tonight,” said Garrett.  “They never quit.”

New Harmony, however, outscored Cannelton 14-7 to close the quarter with its 12-point lead still intact.

“At that point we stopped doing the things that got us back into the game,” said Garrett.  “Instead of reversing the ball to the open shooter, we would pass the ball back to the same side it came from.”

The Bulldogs would not get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

T.J. James and Jordan Mattingly led Cannelton with 15 points apiece. Ethan Herzog, Spencer Herzog and Cody Lawalin each added nine.

“I was very pleased with our balance on offense tonight—we nearly had five players in double figures,” said Garrett.

New Harmony outrebounded Cannelton  41-29 for the game.  Ethan Herzog, Spencer Herzog and Mattingly each grabbed six rebounds to lead Cannelton.

Spencer Herzog and Lawalin each dished out four assists. Spencer Herzog also made three steals.

Cannelton, 1-13, will visit Evansville Day Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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New Harmony won the junior varsity game 51-26.

Cody Lawalin led the Bulldogs in scoring with eight points in one quarter of action. Jarren Blair grabbed nine rebounds and Spencer Herzog made two steals.