Trojans oust Cannelton

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By Larry Goffinet

LYNNVILLE - Cannelton hit only 6 of 51 shots from the field as it lost to Wood Memorial 52-13 in the Class A girls basketball sectional semifinals Friday.

Wood Memorial, ranked fifth in the state, dominated play inside with its height advantage.

Cannelton's tallest player is 5-foot-7. And Bulldog center Brooke Powers was in foul trouble most of the game, eventually fouling out.

Keely Wilhite, Wood Memorial's 6-foot-2 senior forward, scored a game-high 20 points on seven field goals and 6 of 10 free-throw shooting.

"She hurt us inside and she got a lot of points on rebounds," said Cannelton Coach Jeff Miller. "And she got the ball outside and scored.

"She's a heck of a player. She scored her 1,000th (career) point during the game."

The Trojans' height advantage also helped them on defense.

"We struggled to get our shots off," said Miller.

Unable to generate any inside offense, Cannelton did not shoot a free throw the entire game, though "we had several times I thought we should've shot free throws," said Miller.

Despite scoring just two points in the first half, Cannelton trailed by only eight points with about two minutes left in the second quarter.

Then the Trojans went on a run to build a 21-point halftime lead.

"That was the best first half of defense we've played all year," said Miller.

The Bulldogs played a 2-3 zone and packed it in tightly around Wilhite, but "she was just killing us inside on the boards," said Miller.

Nakaa Myers, a 5-foot-3 sophomore guard, grabbed nine rebounds to lead Cannelton.

Sophomore forward Jaci Garrett led the Bulldogs in scoring with six points. She hit 3 of 7 shots from the field.

"Hopefully that shooting and confidence will carry over to next year for her," said Miller. "Wood's going to lose a lot and we're young."

Whitney Nugent had four assists for the Bulldogs.

Cannelton finished the season with a 3-17 record.

Wood Memorial took an 18-5 record into the championship game against Tecumseh Saturday.

Tecumseh beat New Harmony 67-29 in Friday's other semifinal game.