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|Issue of September 17, 2014
January 22, 2014 | 01:49 PM
Sure, it was cold on a winter Thursday outside the Silver Creek gymnasium in Sellersburg.
Temperatures inside, however, weren't much higher.
Corydon Central's pressure defense was stout at Silver Creek Thursday night. Lady Panther seniors Marie Rothrock (35) and Aly Chambers try to trap Silver Creek's Haley Baxter in the first half. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
The jacket-worthy feel didn't seem to bother visiting Corydon Central. Holding the host Silver Creek to eight first-half points, the Lady Panthers jumped ahead early and pulled away to a 49-25 victory in Mid-Southern Conference action.
An encouraging sign to Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl was the attention to detail the Lady Panthers executed. A quick turnaround after defeating Forest Park two nights earlier, the road trip to Sellersburg offered abbreviated prep time.
"Tonight we, for the first time in a while, understood the game plan," Uhl said. "It's hard when you don't have three days to go over what the other team is going to do. We talked about preparing for tonight Tuesday after our game against Forest Park."
Making necessary adjustments to an opponent is something the team will have to get used to if it plans to make a deep tournament run.
"We go Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday with games (this week), which is kind of like sectional week," Uhl said. "You have a game then one day to prepare and get that game plan in. You have to be able to process that information. We really did that in the first half, and we hope that carries on."
The first half against Silver Creek was all about the Corydon Central defense. They held the Lady Dragons to two field goals during the 16 minutes. Utilizing pressure defense, the young Silver Creek team, which started all underclassmen, turned the rock over 14 times in the opening half.
Corydon Central's offense benefited with Ashley Oliver scoring two early buckets while Reagan Mosley was the benefactor of a pick and roll for a lay-in to give their team a 6-0 lead.
Free throws by Silver Creek's Bailee Popp three minutes into the contest would be the lone first-quarter points for the host. Corydon Central ended the quarter on a 9-0 run. Marie Rothrock buried a 3-pointer, while Aly Chambers nailed one as well following a Silver Creek miscue.
After a defensive stand of nearly a minute, Rothrock picked off a pass to score while getting fouled.
The make gave the Lady Panthers a commanding 15-2 lead after the first quarter.
"Our defense in the first half in particular was pretty good," Uhl said. "I know (Silver Creek) wasn't happy with certain things, but I think we took away some things they wanted to do. Defensively I thought we played pretty well."
Kelsi Scott, a talented post player for the Lady Dragons, was held scoreless for the game. Another player of focus, Alexis Barnett, was able to score just five points.
Rothrock opened the second quarter with another and-one conversion for the Lady Panthers. The first field goal for Silver Creek came a minute into the second when Barnett swished a 3-pointer.
Corydon Central, however, kept pushing the envelope. Mosley scored on three straight possessions with assists from Shelby Wilkerson and Chambers on two buckets.
Taylor Frederick added a field goal on a top-of-the-key hand-off play to give the Lady Panthers a 28-8 halftime cushion.
"We'd like to get off to that start every game if I thought we possibly could," Uhl said.
Rothrock scored all nine of her points in the opening half while leading scorer Mosley had eight of her 12 by halftime.
Turnover woes continued for Silver Creek in the second half as the Lady Dragons committed eight in the third quarter, including the first three possessions, handing the ball back to the Lady Panthers.
Pounding the offensive glass, Mosley and Oliver scored on put-backs in the third. Frederick, Chambers and Wilkerson added buckets that saw Corydon Central's lead grow to 43-10 at one point.
Several young players for Corydon Central saw extensive action in the fourth quarter. In the final frame, Silver Creek put in four field goals to outscore the Lady Panthers 10-4.
Balance in scoring was key again for Corydon Central with eight players logging points. Chambers and Oliver had eight points each, while Wilkerson tallied five. Mosley and Oliver had four rebounds each.
"We were balanced again. That's what we strive for, playing good team ball," Uhl said.
Silver Creek's 25 points was the second-lowest scoring output for the Lady Dragons this season. They were held to 23 points in a 42-23 loss to Charlestown on Jan. 3.
Holding Scott and Barnett to a combined five points was key as well after the duo combined for 32 recently against Class 3A No. 8 Madison.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Lady Panthers.
"We still have North Harrison, Floyd Central, Brownstown and other good teams on our schedule that could be bumps in the road," Uhl said. "If there is a bump in the road or drama, we have to make sure we can handle it and leave it off the court."
Corydon Central was slated to face Madison on Jan. 18, but inclement weather forced the game to be canceled. Unable to find an open make-up date, the game will not be played.
Next for the Lady Panthers will be hosting Floyd Central on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Corydon Central 15 13 17 4 – 49
Silver Creek 2 6 7 10 – 25
Corydon Central (10-5, 4-2 MSC) – Mosley 12, Rothrock 9, Chambers 8, Oliver 8, Wilkerson 5, Frederick 4, Fisher 2, John 1.
Silver Creek (4-12, 2-4) – Baxter 5, Barnett 5, Booher 4, Cunliffe 3, Popp 3, Polston 3, Toby 2.
3-point goals – Corydon Central 3 (Chambers 2, Rothrock); Silver Creek 3 (Barnett, Cunliffe, Polston).