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Tell City tops South Central

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By Larry Goffinet

ELIZABETH—Tell City’s perimeter shooting and free throws overcame South Central’s inside game as the Marksmen won 64-53 in boys basketball Saturday.

“South Central had two nice post players inside,” noted Tell City Coach John Hayes. “One (Randall Hertle) was about 6-6 or 6-7 and he scored 21 points; the other (Chip Hockenbury) was about 6-4 or 6-5 and he scored 15 points.

Those two combined to hit 15 of 21 field-goal attempts, as the smaller Marksmen continued to have problems stopping taller post players.

But the Rebels hit only 1 of 16 from three-point range while Tell City made 6 of 10.

Andy Chinn and Jordan Rhodes each made 3 of 5 from beyond the arc for the Marksmen.

The Marksmen also made enough drives to go to the line for 30 free throws. They hit 24 for 80.0 percent.

“That’s the one thing we’ve done better this year than any year since I’ve been here,” Hayes said of the team’s hot free-throw shooting.

Chinn went to the line 13 times and hit 10.

He finished with 21 points to tie Hertle for game honors.

That was six points below Chinn’s scoring average entering the game, but “South Central put the hardest effort anyone’s put on Andy defensively,” said Hayes. “They played man-to-man, then they played some box-and-one, and they were very physical with him.

“But we had some other kids who stepped up and scored.”

Rhodes and Corey Young each scored 12 points and Jamal Noland added nine.

Noland hit 3 of 5 from the field and made 3 of 3 free throws after starting the season 2 for 12 at the line.

“We’ve worked a lot on his free-throw shooting,” said Hayes. “He was shooting them with so much of an arch that they almost had to be dead-on to go in.”

Young had eight rebounds and six assists to go with his 12 points. “He had a really good game,” said Hayes.

Noland had seven rebounds as the Marksmen won the rebound battle 32-28 despite Hertle’s grabbing 11 for the Rebels.

The Rebels outshot the Marksmen from the field 42.0 percent to 37.0 percent.

Tell City improved to 3-2 while South Central fell to 2-4.

The Marksmen will host Tecumseh Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Tell City romped 58-22 in the junior varsity game as Sean Flannagan scored 13 points, Shane Weedman 11, and Greg Hollinden nine.

Nick Kleaving grabbed seven rebounds and Trent Gunn had six steals and four assists for the 2-3 Marksmen.