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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Tell City couldn’t stop Jessica Younker inside as Tecumseh beat the Marksmen 54-45 in PAC girls basketball Thursday.
Younker, a sophomore center, hit 11 of 19 from the field and 1 of 9 free throws for 23 points.
She made all of her field goals from within 9 feet of the basket. She made one on a backdoor cut and one in transition off a Tell City turnover, but the rest were on low-post moves.
She made four baskets in the second quarter when Tell City center Kassidie Hayes was on the bench with foul trouble. That helped the Braves build a 22-17 lead with a minute left in the period.
Tecumseh was 1 for 9 from three-point range in the first half. But Grace Nuhring hit two in a row to start the second-half scoring and put the Braves up 28-19.
“They set a double screen and we didn’t get out on her on the first one,” said Tell City Coach John Hayes.
Tell City did cut the margin to four points twice in the fourth quarter, on a 17-footer by Mariah Blake with 5 minutes left and an inside basket by Logan Flannagan with 4:14 left.
But both times Younker answered with a basket.
Flannagan led Tell City with 15 points on 7 of 10 field-goal shooting and 1 of 3 free throws.
She scored in a variety of ways, including jump shots, drives, an offensive rebound and a post-up shot.
Hayes, Emma Kohnert and Blake each added eight points.
Blake came off the bench to hit 4 of 4 from the field and also played strong defense on Tecumseh’s guards.
“Mariah did a nice job,” said John Hayes. “And Logan played a really nice game.”
But he said there were times when the Marksmen “did not play a really smart game. Our basketball IQ is not the greatest, but we’re getting better.
“We’re learning as we go. And Tecumseh is a nice team.”
Tell City had no one with varsity experience at guard entering this season. Flannagan is the only one who played much varsity before and she played forward in previous seasons.
The lack of experienced guards might be the main reason the Marksmen committed 10 turnovers in the first half. But they cut that to four in the second half.
Tecumseh won the rebound battle 37-33. Hayes and Flannagan each grabbed eight for the Marksmen and Brenna Floyd had 10 for Tecumseh.
Tell City fell to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the PAC. Tecumseh improved to 6-3 overall, 2-0 in the conference.
The Marksmen will play Perry Central in the final game of the PSC Tip-Off tourney tonight at 7:15.
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Tell City won the JV game 30-26 as Madison Mathena scored eight points and Jalynn Pruitt added six.