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Tell City falls short to Mount Vernon

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

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MOUNT VERNON—Tell City rallied to tie the score with three minutes left but lost to Mount Vernon 70-63 in boys basketball Friday.


Despite the loss, Tell City Coach John Hayes saw several signs of improvement.
“It’s the best game we’ve played here since I’ve been here,” said the eighth-year Tell City coach.
“We shot 43 percent from the field. Before tonight, we were shooting 31 percent from the field for the season.
“I really thought what we did this week helped us. We spent all week long working on our zone offense because that’s what we’re going to see.
“With the long trip and everything, to fight back and have it tied with 2:32 left is good. Now we’ve just got to finish the deal—that’s part of the learning process.”
The Marksmen lost track of Mount Vernon’s three-point shooters at times and fell behind 48-37 after Jason Stemple hit a three-pointer with about two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Marksmen went on a 20-9 run the next seven minutes, though, to tie the score 57-57.
Shane Weedman scored eight points in that stretch on some strong inside moves.
Brian Koch, Mount Vernon’s 6-foot-5 sophomore center, replied with an inside basket to put the Wildcats back on top.
After a Tell City turnover, Sam Johnson scored on a drive for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats hit four free throws in the next minute—while Tell City missed two—to expand their lead to eight points.
Sean Flannagan led Tell City with 21 points. Weedman added 20 points and 12 rebounds as he played his best game of the season.
“When Shane’s playing well, we look pretty good,” said Hayes. “I told him after the game, ‘If you had the confidence at the beginning of the game that you had at the end, you’d have had 25 points.’
“I thought Sean Flannagan played well too, and I thought Trent Gunn played well at the point.”
Gunn had five assists.
Senior forward Jacob Steinhart led Mount Vernon with 23 points and 10 rebounds. He hit 8 of 17 from the field, including 4 of 7 from three-point range.
The teams finished even in rebounds with 33 apiece.
Tell City fell to 3-7 while Mount Vernon improved to 2-5.
The Marksmen will visit South Spencer Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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Mount Vernon won the junior varsity game 55-39.
Jordan Heck scored eight points, Brad Leibering seven, and Brandon Gaynor six for Tell City, 3-6.