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October 30, 2013 | 12:59 PM
A dozen aces helped pave the way for Corydon Central to get past Scottsburg in the first round of the Class 3A Brownstown Central Sectional last Tuesday.
Paced by three aces each from Payton Windell, Chelsea John and Reagan Mosley, the Lady Panthers defeated Scottsburg in three games, 25-16, 25-16, 25-11.
"We've worked a lot on positioning of the ball, zoning and scoring points from that first ball," Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. "That is the first ball offense ... We worked hard on being the aggressor at the service line."
The opening whistle provided the first ace with Windell putting in a well-placed serve.
Scottsburg was able to keep up with the Lady Panthers early in game one, knotting the score at 8 with an Andrea Howard winner.
Taking the lead with a Scottsburg miscue, Corydon Central went on to win three of the next four points with Windell accounting for the points, the final via an ace.
Catching fire on the front row, Mosley was fed the ball repeatedly by setter Valerie Crawford to put down five straight kills. The fifth effort put the Lady Panthers ahead 20-13.
Scottsburg came within five points late, but a kill from Windell and a solo block by John ended game one.
"We spent a lot of time throughout our season trading points," Briscoe said. "At that 10-point mark of a game, you should have already figured out what the other team is going to do and take advantage of that."
Taking advantage of some sloppy play by the Lady Panthers in game two, Scottsburg held an early 6-3 edge.
The margin didn't take long as miscues from the Warriorettes allowed Corydon Central to take a 7-6 lead.
Points were traded through the first 21 balls in play, but the 22nd ignited a seven-point run by the Lady Panthers. The run was led by John at the service line, who picked up a pair of points off Windell hammers. John's final two serves, including one off the net's tape, went for aces and an 18-10 Lady Panthers lead.
John would close the game with a kill.
Game three was much more comfortably won by Corydon Central. Continued strong serving by the Lady Panthers limited Scottsburg's offensive attack. Chelsey Smith, Crawford and John had aces in the final game.
Crawford's ace midway through gave the winning team a 12-5 lead. After giving up one point to Scottsburg, Corydon Central went to Windell for three kills, extending the margin to 17-6. The lead was plenty big enough to ensure a spot in the semi-final.
"We played them much better today than we did in the regular season," Briscoe said. "The goal was to keep them below 15 in all games if possible, but we let them go 16 twice ... We did a nice job on defense other than missing some cross-court swingers in some situations."
Windell and Mosley reached double-digit kills with 14 and 10, respectively.
"I liked to see our seniors settle down and play confident volleyball," Briscoe said. "We looked a little nervous, but it's tournament volleyball. I don't care who you are playing, you're still going to be nervous."
Corydon Central advanced to face Madison, which defeated North Harrison in the second game last Tuesday.