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By LARRY GOFFINET Sports Editor TELL CITY—Tell City grabbed 26 offensive rebounds and scored baskets off 11 of them to defeat Cannelton 59-34 in girls basketball Friday.
The Marksmen outrebounded Cannelton 52-30 overall. They grabbed 16 offensive rebounds in the first half as they built a 47-16 halftime lead.
Kassidie Hayes, a 6-foot forward-center, led Tell City with 21 points and 13 rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. The Marksmen also started 5-11 Emma Kohnert and 5-10 Taylor Gentry on the frontline and 5-9 Logan Flannagan at guard. Cannelton, on the other hand, had no starter taller than 5-5.
“Height kills us—we cannot deal with height,” said Cannelton Coach Mike Garrett. Hayes grabbed six rebounds in the first 4:06 and scored baskets off three of them as the Marksmen jumped to an 11-0 lead.
She had eight rebounds by the end of the first quarter but had also picked up two fouls and sat out the entire second quarter.
Cold-shooting Cannelton could not take advantage of her absence, though, as Melissa Clausen’s 16-footer with 2:17 left in the second quarter was the only points the Bulldogs scored that period.
Mikah Hemmings had success driving and drawing fouls for the Bulldogs in the second half. She missed both her free throws in the first half but hit 15 of 16 after the intermission as she finished with 23 points. She also led the Bulldogs with 11 rebounds and four steals.
Tell City had three scorers in double figures. Flannagan tallied 15 and Kohnert 11 to back Hayes. Flannagan and Brenee Leibering each grabbed seven rebounds and Gentry added six. Celina Snyder made four steals.
Kohnert, a freshman, did much of the ball-handling and looked good at it. She had one assist but should have had five, as she made four good passes to players who missed layups. “She does a great job seeing the floor,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “I was very impressed with the way she played.”
Mollie Ingle was Cannelton’s second leading scorer with seven points. “Overall I thought we played real well the second half,” said Garrett. “Mollie played her butt off—she really hustled.” The game was a rarity in that no three-point shots were made. Tell City did not attempt one and Cannelton went 0 for 13.
This was Tell City’s season opener while Cannelton fell to 0-2.