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FERDINAND - Austin, Tell City' s opponent in the Forest Park Class 2A girls basketball regional Saturday at 11:40 a.m., plays a similar style to Mater Dei, whom Tell City beat for the sectional title last Saturday.
So said Tell City Coach John Lyons after watching videotapes of Austin Monday.
" They play a lot like Mater Dei," said Lyons. " They like to get up and down the floor.
" They like to drive and kick it out, and they have two real good three-point shooters. And on defense they like to get out in your face."
The Eagles, 20-3 and ranked third in the state, have a better record than Mater Dei, though. And they apparently have better shooters and more overall talent, though they are a sophomore-dominated team.
Katy McIntosh, the Eagles' 5-foot-6 sophomore point guard, " really likes to take the ball to the basket," said Lyons.
That has helped her get to the free-throw line often enough to make 155 free throws before the sectional (for comparison, no girl in Perry County history has ever made more than 148 in a season).
McIntosh averaged 20.3 points per game through the regular season (the latest statistics available for the Eagles), good for 15th in the state. She was hitting 51.1 percent from the field.
Chelsea Jones, a 5-8 sophomore wing player, averages 18.4 points per game and is the Eagles' most prolific three-point shooter.
She made 53 three-pointers in 20 regular-season games and made seven in the sectional championship game against Brownstown.
Another sophomore wing player, Ashley Dowling, leads the Eagles in three-point shooting percentage at 39.8 percent.
That is 20th in the state, though Tell City has two girls with slightly higher percentages (Lauren Goffinet, 12th at 41.1 percent; and Kara McClintic, 18th at 40.0 percent).
Sophomore Michelle Goodin averages 11.0 rebounds per game, 15th in the state, though their up-tempo game undoubtedly creates more rebounds than average.
Senior Bree Smith averages 1.9 blocked shots per game for the Eagles.
Tell City, with two 5-11 starters, will have a slight height advantage. Austin starts a 5-10 center and two 5-8 forwards.
" I think we can rebound with them," said Lyons, " though they' re really scrappy - they' re physical."
The Marksmen don' t have great depth, but Lyons said they should be at least even with the Eagles in that department.
In the tapes he has seen he said the Eagles generally use only six players, including a quick 5-2 reserve.
Lyons said the Eagles' ball-handling is " pretty good. It' s probably comparable, maybe a little better across the board, than ours."
He also said that " overall they' re probably a little quicker" than Tell City, though the Marksmen may be quicker at some positions.
The Eagles use their quickness to press a lot on defense. " They like to get out and press man-to-man, 1-2-2 or 2-2-1 - they mix it up a lot," said Lyons.
The Marksmen also press at times but Lyons said he didn' t know how much they will use it against the Eagles.
" I don' t know if I want to get into that kind of up-and-down game with them. We may use a token press to slow them down."
Lyons summed up the game by saying, " If we can play good defense and hold them to one shot per possession, that will increase our chances of winning. They go hard at the bucket."