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TELL CITY - Tell City's defense forced 32 turnovers as the Marksmen beat Cannelton 51-15 in girls basketball Friday.
Tell City didn't press but played an aggressive 2-3 zone defense much of the game. And the Marksmen took advantage of the Bulldogs' picking up their dribble about 30 feet from the basket several times.
"We've got to learn to get the ball across midcourt and when we do, to not pick our dribble up," said Cannelton Coach Jeff Miller.
He said he thought "a lot of (those mistakes) were due to first-game jitters" on his young team.
Twenty-three Bulldog turnovers came on Tell City steals, including 16 in the first half.
Due to the turnovers, Cannelton did not attempt a shot from the field in the last 5:41 of the second quarter and attempted only 10 shots in the first half.
Tell City took 36 shots from the field in the first half despite outrebounding the shorter Bulldogs only 25-18 in that half.
The tone of the game was set early as Tell City jumped to a 7-0 lead.
Lacy Padgett scored a layup on an assist from Lauren Goffinet seconds after the opening tip.
Goffinet then scored a three-point play on a steal, layup and free throw.
Marianne Krueger added a transition layup off a steal and assist by Katie Kalin.
Goffinet, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, finished with 15 points, seven steals and three assists - all game highs - in less than 20 minutes of action.
She and Tell City reserves Ashley Fella and Mariah Alvey were the only players to hit over 50 percent from the field.
Tell City played without two starters (Kara McClintic and Jaycee Guillaume) and two top reserves (Katie Bryant and Emily Dauby) who were sidelined due to injuries.
McClintic broke a bone in her left hand in a preseason scrimmage Nov. 2 and is expected to be sidelined four weeks.
Bryant will also be out "for a while," said Tell City Coach John Lyons. But the other two are expected back in action this week.
With them sidelined, sophomore Alvey was the first player off the bench, and she hit three baseline shots from 15-17 feet in the first half as the Bulldogs left her open.
Fella, a 5-9 junior, did not play in the first half but used her height advantage to score 10 points on 5 of 8 field-goal shooting in the last 12 minutes.
Sophomore guard Nakaa Myers led Cannelton with four points.
The Bulldogs went 23 minutes without a field goal after Brianna Simpson hit a 15-footer with just over two minutes left in the first quarter.
Their next field goal was a three-pointer by Devin Lockman with 3:00 left in the game.
Simpson came off the bench to lead Cannelton in rebounds with seven. Jaci Garrett and Brooke Powers each added six.
Dana Sibrel grabbed six rebounds to lead Tell City.
Marianne Krueger made five steals for the Marksmen to back Goffinet in that department. Padgett and Sibrel each made three.
The game was the season opener for both teams.
Tell City will visit Crawford County Friday at 7 p.m. Cannelton will host Medora Friday at 6:30 p.m.