Tell City nips Raiders 47-46

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By Larry Goffinet

HUNTINGBURG - Andy Chinn hit a three-point shot with 11 seconds left to give Tell City a 47-46 PAC boys basketball victory over Southridge Friday.

Tell City built a 12-point lead, 37-25, with 1:22 left in the third quarter after Joseph Kohnert scored five consecutive points on a baseline drive and free throw and a nice spin move inside.

But less than 5 1/2 minutes later, that lead was gone.

T.J. Reese scored seven consecutive points on two rebound baskets and a three-pointer from the wing to put the Raiders ahead 41-40 with 3:54 left.

The lead changed hands three more times down the stretch.

Brett Roesner scored a fast-break layup off a Southridge steal - one of six transition layups for the Raiders in the game - to put Southridge up 46-44 with 0:57 left.

The Raiders missed two free throws in the next 27 seconds (they stole the rebound away from Tell City after the first miss).

That set up Chinn's go-ahead shot from the top of the key.

Tell City Coach John Hayes said a play for Chinn to get a three-point shot there was what he had drawn up in a timeout 21 seconds earlier but "I didn't expect him to be that wide open. I thought they might get through the screen."

Chinn, who is almost automatic from three-point range when he has time to get his feet set, buried his third three-pointer of the game.

Southridge was called for a charging foul six seconds later and then fouled Chinn with 3.6 seconds left.

He missed the free throw but the Raiders did not have time to get a good shot after that, missing a desperation attempt from halfcourt at the final buzzer.

Thus the Marksmen were able to beat one of the PAC's top teams on the road despite not playing their best game.

The Marksmen committed 15 turnovers and were also slow getting back on defense after some of their missed shots, setting up some of Southridge's fast-break layups.

"I thought the first half we played pretty decent," said Hayes. "The second half we got into a mode where we didn't do the things that got us our 12-point lead.

"We didn't run our offense and we forced some shots. One-on-one is not our strength, and when we missed some long shots they got some long rebounds (that led to fast breaks for them)."

Neither team blocked out well in the first half. Southridge grabbed only seven total rebounds that half but had four rebound baskets - two by Reese.

Tell City missed 13 shots that half but got the rebound on most of them.

The Marksmen outrebounded the Raiders 27-22 for the game. Kohnert grabbed seven and Ryan Zuelly six for Tell City.

Zuelly led Tell City's balanced scoring attack with 11 points. Jay Ziegelgruber added 10 on 5 for 5 field-goal shooting and Kohnert and Chinn each scored nine.

Tyler Henning made three steals for the Marksmen.

Reese, the son of former Perry Central coach Dave Reese, led Southridge with 24 points.

Field-goal shooting was about even, with Tell City hitting 46.3 percent and Southridge making 45.7 percent.

Southridge hurt itself at the free-throw line, though, going 0 for 6.

Tell City improved to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in the PAC. Southridge fell to 1-1, with both being conference games.

The Marksmen will visit Evansville Day Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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Southridge won the junior varsity game 44-24.

Jordan Rhodes, Jason Hackbarth, Ben Stiles and Jesse Stowe each scored four points for Tell City, 1-2.

Rhodes and Stowe each grabbed three rebounds and Rhodes made three steals.