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The Crawford County Lady Pack and visiting Corydon Central Lady Panthers came into their game against each other Thursday night from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Crawford County was coming off its third win in a row after toppling visiting Providence 45-39 in what coach Chris Broughton said was his team's best game of the year.
Corydon Central, meanwhile, had just suffered a four-point loss to county rival North Harrison. Not only that, but during that game starter Reagan Mosley suffered a broken hand and, the day before in practice, leading scorer Marie Rothrock tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee and will be out the remainder of the season.
Corydon Central's Ashley Oliver lifts up a shot over Crawford County's Tiffany King in the second half of the Lady Panthers' 62-21 win over the Lady Pack. Photo by Wade Bell (click for larger version)
"Yesterday, we started practice with Reagan (Mosley) thinking she had broken her hand, then, three minutes into practice, Marie is blowing out her knee," Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. "We're just really trying to piece things together."
What the Lady Panthers did was tighten their shoelaces and lay waste to a flattened Crawford County in a 62-21 win.
"We could sit here and talk about it and cry and feel sorry for ourselves, but that's not going to help us win any games," Uhl said. "I feel bad for the two because they're great players and better people. That's the key to it, and things happen for a reason. Who knows what this reason happens to be, but they happen. You feel bad for them."
Broughton was left stunned at the lopsided loss after his team had played so well in its 45-39 win against Providence two nights earlier.
"Not a lot to say about it," he said. "There's a point in every season where I think you're going to lay a goose egg, whatever it is. Nobody played well tonight."
Corydon Central came out blistering the nets, hitting four of its first five shots and jumping out to an 11-0 lead.
Crawford County finally got on the board at the 4:01 mark when Tylynn Allen scored on a drive in the paint. Allen later scored again, cutting Corydon Central's lead to seven, but Chelsea John countered in the paint. Jenny Jellison got a deuce-and-one for the Lady Pack, but Aly Chambers drilled a three at the end of the quarter, giving the Lady Panthers a 16-7 lead.
Chambers and Taylor Frederick opened the second period with deuces, but Crawford County worked to get back in the game, with Carley Allen sinking a long deuce to close the gap to 11 at 22-11. Carley Allen sank a three moments later, and Mandi McLain added a free throw to close the gap to 10.
Corydon Central finished the period with five unanswered points, while Crawford County missed its last three shots, as the Lady Panthers' lead ballooned to 31-16.
"I thought we played pretty well defensively," Uhl said. "Offensively, we've got some things we've got to work on. Defensively, though, we got in some foul trouble. There's some defensive positioning we've got to make sure we get fixed."
The entire second half was disastrous for the Lady Pack, who failed to score in the third period, while the Lady Panthers went on a 16-0 run.
The Lady Pack hit just one of their 13 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter as the Lady Panthers completed a 15-5 run, going on to the 62-21 win.
"We took the Corydon game plan in there and wadded it up and threw it in the trash, and we're forgetting about it," Broughton said. "That's the end. It's over. There's nothing we can do about it. The only thing we can do is keep the train moving forward and pick up some steam the last few games going into sectional."
"Some kids have got to learn different roles, and you run certain offensives for 16 games and people are always in certain spots," Uhl said, "and now everybody has got to learn different roles."
Tylynn Allen led Crawford County with six points. The Lady Pack were just seven of 30 (23 percent) from the field and six of 13 from the free-throw line. The Lady Pack had 26 turnovers.
Chambers led Corydon Central with 13 points, and John finished with 11. The Lady Panthers shot the ball well, hitting 18 of 39 attempts (46 percent) and 18 of 24 from the charity stripe. Corydon Central had 21 turnovers.
"It gave us an opportunity to play a lot of kids and see who's going to have to fit into where," Uhl said. "We are down the stretch now, and we've still got Floyd yet to play. I'm sure they'll expose plenty of weaknesses, and then we finish up at Clarksville. Hopefully, we'll keep moving forward and a couple of steps forward here."
"Corydon, I think, is going to be a dangerous team down the stretch, because, when you rally around something like that, everybody plays hard," Broughton said. "Everybody picks it up a notch."
The Lady Panthers will close the regular season this week by hosting Floyd Central tonight (Wednesday) and Clarksville tomorrow.
Corydon Central 16 15 16 15 – 62
Crawford County 7 9 0 5 – 21
Corydon Central (11-6) – Wilkerson 8, Smith 6, Chambers 13, John 11, Dagenhart 1, Frederick 5, Oliver 6, Nalley 6, Fisher 6.
Crawford County (6-12) – Johnson 2, Bolin 2, T. Allen 6, Tincher 1, McLain 1, C. Allen 5, Jellison 3, King 1.
3-point goals – Corydon Central 3 (Chambers 3); Crawford County 1 (C. Allen).