|Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:33 PM
|Issue of December 11, 2013
September 11, 2013 | 09:38 AM
Long stretches of points led to Corydon Central dropping Lanesville in three games last Tuesday in Corydon.
Corydon Central's standout seniors Reagan Mosley and Payton Windell rolled up the offensive stats, combining for 23 kills to help the Lady Panthers win 25-19, 25-13, 25-6.
"Mosley and Windell can attack with the best of them," Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. "As the season goes on, we'll see others more involved in the offense or else teams will set the block on that side every time. We'll need to show more balance, but those two can be very dangerous."
Lanesville took an early 5-4 lead in the opening game after a Corydon Central side-out. The next seven points and 11 of 12 went the way of the Lady Panthers on the scoreboard. At one point, Mosley hammered down five consecutive kills from the left side during the spurt.
Windell then added a solo block to put her team up 15-6.
Cutting into the lead, Lanesville had a good run of offense with Robyn Schoen and Haylie Walter scoring from the attack line. A Mackenzie Schmelz tip over the net to the open floor cut Corydon Central's lead to 21-16.
Consecutive Lanesville miscues put Corydon Central two points from a win, which was closed by a Windell tip over the net.
"The first game they didn't believe in themselves until we got back in it," Lanesville coach Brittney Gayhart said. "In the second game, they believed in themselves but it was our mental errors — overpassing, serving into the net — that we know we can't do, forcing us out of the game. The third game we showed there wasn't a vocal leader on the floor."
Corydon Central took advantage of Lanesville errors in game two, along with more attacks from the front line to roll to victory. In the set, Mosley followed up her seven kills in game one with four in the second. Chelsey Smith contributed an ace, while Hayley Rennirt put down a solo block. Windell was impressive again, with four kills and an ace.
"Windell is one of the best leapers in Southern Indiana," Briscoe said. "You look at video and pictures of her and her chest is on the tape. It's amazing how high she can get. She's one of the best players in the region. Mosley took a majority of the swings today because she was going well."
Briscoe said the team has been adjusting its rotations after losing libero Makenzie Episcopo to injury.
"The injury allows for opportunities," the veteran coach said. "We've moved Rennirt to the middle blocker and looked at different combinations around Mosley and Windell on the outside."
In the final game against the Lady Eagles, Corydon Central cruised to a 25-6 showing that fired up the Lanesville coach.
"I wasn't happy tonight because there is a difference between losing and giving up," Gayhart said. "The giving up is what infuriates me."
Moving forward, Gayhart said the team is going to work on eliminating mental errors around the net and communicating better on the floor.
"We need to clean it up," Gayhart said. "Corydon played well and has some great hitters, but, for our future, we can't back down in games."
Windell had six of her nine kills in the final game. Chelsea John chipped in an ace, while Smith added two more to her total.
For the game, Mosley closed with 14 kills. Windell had four aces and Smith three.
"We're 5-4 nine games into the season and I'm OK with that," Briscoe said. "We easily could have seven or eight wins, but we're taking positive steps."
Corydon Central will returns to the floor tomorrow (Thursday) to take on Crawford County, while Lanesville will host Paoli. Both matches will take place at 7 p.m.