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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Heritage Hills outshot Tell City from the field 59.1 percent to 31.0 percent to beat the Marksmen 69-40 in PAC boys basketball Friday.
The game was tied 14-14 after one quarter despite the Marksmen’s hitting only 4 of 13 from the field, as they hit 5 of 5 free throws that period.
But they went 2 for 9 from the field and 0 for 1 at the line in the second quarter as they got outscored 14-4.
“They switched to a zone in the second quarter and our zone offense was poor,” said Tell City Coach Brent Owen. “We didn’t get the ball moving—I thought we held the ball too much.”
The Marksmen’s 10-point halftime deficit ballooned to 23 in the next eight minutes as Heritage Hills hit 8 of 11 from the field, including 2 of 2 from three-point range.
Devon Merder scored the Patriots’ last six points of that quarter on steals and layups.
Though the Marksmen didn’t have a chance to get back on defense on those three baskets, Heritage Hills also hit well against their 3-2 and 2-3 zones.
“I thought the first quarter our defense was right where it needed to be,” said Owen. “We spent a ton of time on defense in practice this week.
“But we didn’t do a very good job of keeping (Sam) Scherry out of the paint (after the first quarter).”
Scherry finished with six assists. He would drive into the lane and hit a teammate for a layup or kick the ball out to an open man on the perimeter.
Senior forward/center Brennan Malone led Tell City with 14 points on 6 of 11 field-goal shooting and 2 of 2 free throws.
He hit his first three shots of the third quarter to try to rally the Marksmen, but they never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Though the Marksmen were cold from the field, they did OK at the free-throw line, hitting 12 of 17 for 70.6 percent. Twice they made five in a row.
Gant Miller added nine points for the Marksmen, including 7 of 7 at the line.
Merder, a 6-foot-3 senior forward/guard, led Heritage Hills with 27 points. He hit 10 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 5 from three-point range, and 4 of 4 free throws.
He and Spenser Minto each grabbed five rebounds as the Patriots won the board battle 30-24. Drew Mowery and Chris Schaefer each grabbed five for Tell City.
Hunter Rowe had three assists for the Marksmen and Rhett Baumeister made three steals. Merder made four steals for the Patriots.
Tell City fell to 5-14 overall, 0-6 in the PAC. Heritage Hills improved to 14-5 overall, 6-2 in the conference.
The Marksmen will visit North Posey Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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Heritage Hills won the JV game 63-26.
Blake Haller scored 14 points for Tell City.