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CANNELTON—Cannelton struggled on both ends of the floor in a 64-41 boys basketball loss to Whitesville Trinity Friday.
The Bulldogs hit just 22.2 percent from the field and gave up several easy buckets on defense.
The Raiders made all 18 of their two-point field goals in the lane within eight feet of the basket.
“We just did not stop their penetration,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “They took the ball from end to end off of rebounds several times and we never stopped the ball.”
The game played out the way several Cannelton games have recently. The Bulldogs started well but then seemed to fall apart.
They led 9-8 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter. The lead could have been even greater, as they missed some wide open shots.
Trinity scored the final eight points of the period to take a 16-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
“We missed three or four point-blank shots early that we should have made,” said Garrett. “So, instead of having a seven- or eight-point lead, we are only up one.”
Cannelton scored the first five points of the second quarter to pull within two points of the Raiders.
Trinity then went on a 10-1 run to push its lead to 11. The Bulldogs would never challenge the Raiders the rest of the way.
“We just have to get tougher—our kids play too soft,” said Garrett. “We just open up and swat instead of standing our ground.”
Trinity outrebounded Cannelton 60-36.
Spencer Herzog and Jordan Mattingly led Cannelton with 11 points apiece. Cody Lawalin added 10.
Ethan Herzog led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds and four assists.
Cannelton made 13 steals for the game, with Spencer Herzog collecting six.
Cannelton, 1-17, will visit Rock Creek Christian Friday at 7 p.m.
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Trinity won the junior varsity game 40-27.
Lawalin and Hunter Herzog led Cannelton with nine points apiece.
Ethan Patton grabbed six rebounds, Charlie Northener blocked three shots, and Hunter Herzog made three steals.