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PETERSBURG - Tell City gave up its highest point total in more than 3 1/2 years in a 70-58 PAC girls basketball loss to Pike Central Saturday.
"We had four scorers in double digits and lost by 12," noted Tell City Coach John Lyons. "Our defense was not very good. When's the last time we gave up 70 points? Maybe once to Castle when they had a really outstanding team."
Lyons was correct. The last Tell City opponent to score 70 was Castle in a 74-69 win over the Marksmen Jan. 29, 2004.
Tell City played man-to-man defense the entire game Saturday because "they have several kids who can shoot the ball," said Lyons. "They hit 9 of 15 three-point shots against South Knox."
The Chargers hit only three three-pointers Saturday. But "they ran a lot of pick-and-rolls and we just did not adjust to it," said Lyons. "They got a lot of cutters to the basket."
The Chargers built their lead to 21 points in the second half.
Tell City used a strong full-court press to cut the gap to six points but could get no closer.
Each team was charged with 27 fouls, resulting in their combining to shoot 72 free throws. Tell City hit 24 of 35 and Pike Central made 21 of 37.
Junior guard Lauren Goffinet led Tell City with 19 points. Jaycee Guillaume added a career-high 13, Marianne Krueger 12, and Dana Sibrel 11.
The Chargers also placed four scorers in double figures. Kinzee Reed, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, led them with 18 points.
Tell City fell to 1-2 overall, 0-1 in the PAC. Pike Central improved to 2-1 overall, 1-0 in the conference.
The Marksmen will host Southridge for another PAC game next Thursday at 7 p.m.