No. 1 Southwestern boys basketball was eliminated 54-48 by No. 11 Tell City in the semifinals of the IHSAA Class 2A Paoli Regional semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Paoli.

The Marksmen (21-5) took a 20-16 lead into halftime and never trailed in the second half. Southwestern tied the game at 22-22 in the third quarter but then fell behind 33-26 after three quarters.

In the end, the Rebels struggled both to score and make stops while being out-rebounded 33-20 by Tell City.

Southwestern was 16-of-34 from the field, 4-of-14 from beyond the arc and 12-of-20 at the foul line.

Tyler Kramer 17 and Foster Mefford with 14, Zach Cole had eight and Hunter Mefford seven and Matthew Williams scored two. Austin Kramer played but did not score.

Tell City was 20-of-40 from the field, 2-of-10 on 3-pointers and 12-of-17 at the foul line.

Braeden Beard, the Marksmens’ 6-foot-5 senior forward, led all scorers with 21 points while senior guard Trent Arnold scored 13, Spencer Fest added eight, Dustin Hunt scored seven, Devon Blake four and Tretter Lyons had one.

The Rebels close out the season with a school-record 25-2 record and a second straight unbeaten run in the Ohio River Valley Conference. Southwestern’s lone two losses both came in tournaments — to Madison in the Jefferson County Invitational and Tell City in the IHSSA Regional.

Tell City moves on to play Linton-Stockton (25-3) in the regional finals tonight in Paoli. The Miners defeated host Paoli 72-71 on a Samuel Robbins layup at the buzzer to win it.