Turnovers doom Tell City in loss to Rebels

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Sports Editor

TELL CITY—Tell City’s rebounding advantage wasn’t enough to offset its turnover disadvantage in a 57-41 boys basketball loss to South Central Saturday.
The Marksmen outrebounded the slightly taller Rebels 32-16, including 11-1 in the first quarter.
Tell City grabbed five offensive rebounds in the first 50 seconds as it built a 4-0 lead before the ball ever reached South Central’s half of the court.
Reese Miller scored the first basket on a rebound and was fouled. He missed the free throw but Tell City grabbed the rebound.
After two more Tell City offensive rebounds, Brennan Malone scored a reverse layup on a baseline drive.
Tell City led most of the first half, with a biggest lead of 27-20 on a three-point basket by Rhett Baumeister with 1:34 left in the half.
Chris Schaefer collected his third consecutive assist on that basket. One of them came on a nice pass to Miller inside.
The Marksmen still led 27-24 at halftime. But they committed turnovers on their first eight possessions of the third quarter and nine of their first 10 as South Central took the lead for good, 30-27.
The Rebels were quicker than the Marksmen and were playing an active 1-3-1 trapping zone in that span.
“It seems like the same story again,” said Tell City Coach Brent Owen. “I’m really proud of our effort, proud of how we went to the boards. But I’m really disappointed in how we took care of the ball.
“We worked against a 1-3-1 for five solid days in practice. I thought we were prepared for it.”
South Central outshot Tell City from the field 48.8 percent to 42.9 percent. But the Rebels got five fast-break layups directly off steals.
Miller and Mowery each scored nine points to lead Tell City.
Miller grabbed eight rebounds, Malone seven, Mowery six, and Grant Sanders five.
Zack Goodwin, a 6-foot-4 junior forward/center, led 1-3 South Central with 18 points and five rebounds.
Tell City, 1-3, will visit Tecumseh Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Tell City won the JV game 60-52 as Matt Zabel had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Hunter Rowe added 11 points in one quarter and Zach Ziegelgruber grabbed five rebounds for the 3-1 Marksmen.