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TELL CITY—Mount Vernon took advantage of five Tell City turnovers in the last five minutes to beat the Marksmen 65-60 in boys basketball Tuesday.
Tell City outshot the Wildcats from the field 43.5 percent to 41.7 percent and outrebounded them 34-25.
But the Marksmen committed 23 turnovers, six more than the Wildcats.
Tell City was still able to build a 51-43 lead with 5:47 left when Greg Hollinden made a steal and two free throws.
But then the turnovers and leaving Wyatt Newman open for two three-point shots in a 1:20 span caught up with the Marksmen.
Tell City regained the lead, 55-54, on two free throws by Trent Gunn with 2:17 left.
Mount Vernon forward Jacob Steinhart replied with a rebound basket to put the Wildcats ahead for good.
After Tell City shot an air ball, Steinhart scored inside to increase the Wildcats’ lead to three points.
They hit 7 of 8 free throws in the last 40 seconds to preserve the lead.
“We did a lot of stuff that was good,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes. “Then at the end we made some dumb passes, took two dumb shots, and didn’t get out on the one guy (Newman) that we said we could not let shoot a three.”
The Marksmen hit 18 of 35 shots from the field the first three quarters but only 2 of 11 the last quarter.
Hayes said the poor shooting and turnovers down the stretch came because “we stopped doing what we were supposed to do. We stopped getting a guy in the middle and we quit cutting. We just stopped moving.”
Shane Weedman led Tell City with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Sean Flannagan added 18 points and six rebounds and Gunn had 11 points and eight assists.
Steinhart led Mount Vernon, which improved to 4-10, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Tell City, 3-10, will host Ohio County, Ky., Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Tell City won the junior varsity game 52-26 as Brian Arnold scored 20 points, Chris Kohnert 17, and Brad Leibering eight.
Kohnert grabbed seven rebounds and Nick Kleaving added five for the 8-4 Marksmen.