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Tell City stops Rangers in semifinals

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - When a basketball team is struggling with its outside shooting, it will often decide to work the ball inside to its center.

Tell City's girls team followed half of that prescription in beating Forest Park 33-25 in the Class 2A sectional semifinals Friday.

The Marksmen led 16-14 at halftime despite hitting only 7 of 22 shots from the field, as Forest Park had also hit only 7 of 22 from the field.

The teams were also even in rebounds (15 apiece), turnovers (six each) and free throws (each 0 for 0) at that point.

The only difference was the Marksmen had two three-point baskets compared with none for Forest Park.

The Marksmen added another three-pointer to start the third quarter scoring, as Kara McClintic hit one from the wing.

But the Marksman guards weren't having a great shooting night overall, so they worked the ball to center Dana Sibrel for their next three baskets.

But instead of getting it to her in the low post, they gave it to her 15-17 feet from the basket on the baseline.

Her third consecutive basket from that range put the Marksmen up 25-19 early in the fourth quarter.

She hit 5 of 7 field-goal attempts for the game and scored 10 points to tie teammate Lauren Goffinet for game-high honors.

Sibrel, a 5-foot-11 senior center, operated almost exclusively in the low post early in her career.

But she said she started going out toward the corner "last year when Emily (Harpenau, now graduated) was playing - she'd usually play the middle.

"I feel comfortable out there. It feels like you're more open there - there's usually not a lot of people around you."

Because of Sibrel's comfort zone out there - and the fact that the Rangers usually had two 6-footers clogging the lane - getting the ball to Sibrel in the corner was good strategy for the Marksmen.

Forest Park, meanwhile, never found any comfort zone against Tell City's 2-3 zone defense.

The Rangers were 0 for 15 from three-point range and just 11 for 34 inside the arc.

"They didn't shoot as well as they probably can, but we did a pretty good job on defense," said Tell City Coach John Lyons.

Randi Uebelhor, a 6-foot senior forward, led the Rangers with eight points.

Despite the Rangers' height advantage, they outrebounded the Marksmen only 35-32. Sibrel and Goffinet each grabbed nine for Tell City while Uebelhor and center Kelsey Vonderheide had seven apiece for the Rangers.

Tell City took a 16-7 record into Saturday's championship game.

Forest Park finished the season 16-6.