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TELL CITY—Reitz hit 10 of 18 free throws in overtime to beat Tell City 62-58 in girls basketball Tuesday.
After trailing by 15 points with 11 minutes left in regulation, the Marksmen rallied to tie the score 52-52 on Lauren Goffinet’s three-point basket with 11 seconds left in regulation.
But Tell City made a couple of turnovers and missed a shot in overtime to fall behind 57-52.
The Marksmen pulled back within two points on Goffinet’s three-pointer with 0:21 left and again with 2.8 seconds left when Emily Dauby hit the first of two free throws.
Dauby was instructed to miss the second one short to give the Marksmen a chance to tie on a rebound basket. But her shot fell short of the rim, giving possession back to Reitz.
Reitz guard Sarah Fox hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to clinch the win for the Panthers.
She had made only 1 of 4 free throws in overtime to that point. But she hit five three-point baskets in the first three quarters to help the Panthers build their double-digit lead.
“When they played Gibson Southern, they didn’t hit an outside shot,” said Tell City Coach John Lyons. “So I told our girls (at the start of the game) to play inside the three-point line (on defense).”
Another factor that helped the Panthers was their 45-30 rebounding advantage.
They scored six rebound baskets, including four in the first quarter, and got four shots on one possession before finally scoring.
“We didn’t box out very well the first half,” said Lyons.
The taller Panthers grabbed two offensive rebounds of free throws even when they were blocked out, simply by reaching above the Marksmen.
Center Sara Blair led the Panthers with 11 rebounds.
Goffinet led Tell City with 25 points, eight rebounds and six steals.
But the Marksmen also got strong contributions from the rest of their lineup, as four players scored at least eight points: Dauby had nine and Lacey Padgett and Kyli Smithson each scored eight.
Padgett made some strong moves inside and grabbed seven rebounds. Dauby had three nice assists and Mariah Alvey made four steals.
Reitz outshot Tell City from the field 37.0 percent to 32.7 percent.
The Panthers shot 28 free throws, including 26 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
They scored all their points in the last 12 minutes on free throws.
Tell City fell to 1-3 while Reitz improved to 1-2.
The Marksmen will visit Southridge Thursday at 7 p.m.
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Reitz won the junior varsity game 36-20.
Chelsea Hemmings and Ashley Fella each scored four points for Tell City, 0-3.