Source: The Corydon Democrat

Corydon withstands runs, escapes Lady Rebels

by Brian Smith

December 24, 2013

South Central’s 17-2 run to end the second quarter was enough to get back into the game against Corydon Central. It even gave the Lady Rebels the lead at halftime.

Withstanding the barrage of 3-pointers by the Lady Rebels, Corydon Central was able to regain the lead midway through the third quarter and hang on in Elizabeth last Tuesday.

On a cold shooting night for the Lady Panthers, they held upset-minded South Central to seven fourth-quarter points to eek out a 46-40 victory.

“I told the girls that on a night they didn’t shoot it very well, like we did at Charlestown, they did enough tonight to get the job done,” Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. “South Central did a lot of things well.”

Nip and tuck through the early stages of the third quarter, Sabra Walker nailed one of her four 3-pointers to give South Central a 28-26 advantage.

As Corydon Central did much of the second half, the Lady Panthers fed the post the rest of the way. Reagan Mosley scored inside to tie the game then, the next trip down, she scored on a put-back. The rest of the third quarter was back and forth, with Kelsey Miller draining a trey for the Lady Rebels and Jasmine Nalley hitting a pair of freebies.

At the line, Corydon Central struggled to go 11 of 21 overall, but hitting half of its eight attempts at the close of the third allowed the Lady Panthers to lead 34-33.

Combining for four straight field goals inside to start the final eight minutes, Corydon Central’s Ashley Oliver and Mosley helped put some distance on the scoreboard. Oliver’s bucket with 4:11 to play put the visitors ahead 42-35.

“That’s what we intended to do in the first half, and it didn’t happen,” Uhl said of getting the ball in the paint. “We changed a little what we wanted to do offensively in the second half. It gave a different look, and it seemed to help out.”

Milking plenty of the clock in the fourth quarter, Corydon Central effectively protected its lead. Walker nailed a triple to get South Central within four with 3:40 to go. Miller later drove the lane to score a field goal when she was fouled with 36 seconds left, cutting the Lady Panthers lead to 43-40.

Miller missed her free-throw attempt then was whistled for an intentional foul as the Lady Rebels scurried to foul the elusive quick-ball movement of Corydon Central. Marie Rothrock nailed both free throws to essentially secure the game.

“We thought last week against North Harrison was probably our best game we’ve played,” South Central coach Randall Schoen said. “We talked about coming with that same effort against Corydon, and I believe we did.”

Mosley would lead all scorers with 18. The senior also had seven rebounds. Teammate Rothrock tallied 12 points, while Oliver chipped in nine. Off the bench, Shelby Wilkerson provided a defensive spark while also contributing five points.

Encouraged by his team’s efforts, Schoen said he was pleased with Walker’s play.

“Sabra has real nice form and is proving to be a good shooter,” Schoen said. “Right now, people are wondering who she is, and it isn’t going to take long for other teams to figure her out. The good thing is, she isn’t afraid to put it on the floor and go to the basket.”

Schoen said he sees the on-court link between Walker and Miller continue to evolve.

“It’s still early, but I think Sabra and Kelsey can compliment each other,” Schoen said. “Kelsey hit a few more threes tonight, which got her going.”

Knocking down a trio of triples, Miller finished with 15 points.

At the start of the game, it was all Corydon Central. Controlling the rebounding game, the Lady Panthers scored three buckets on second chances in the opening quarter. They led 5-0 to start then saw the lead increase to 14-5 before the first horn, when Wilkerson scored on a dish from Chelsea John.

Momentum continued to the early stages of the second quarter for Corydon Central. Rothrock hit a pair of freebies, followed by a deuce by Mosley.

The Corydon Central lead was 18-5 before the host Lady Rebels made the comeback.

“We were probably fortunate we didn’t get down any worse than what we were because (we) couldn’t get a shot we wanted,” Schoen said. “It gave us a chance to settle down and hit a few shots.”

Nalley provided the first bucket of the 17-2 South Central outburst. Miller and Walker provided the rest of the points. Walker had two triples then fed Miller for one with less than a minute to play to give the Lady Rebels a 22-20 halftime lead.

“South hit some shots to stay in it; (Walker) didn’t seem to miss,” Uhl said. “I’m not sure what happened on the run. We’ll look at the film, but I don’t think we were getting good looks and South hit some shots.”

“The second quarter was big for us,” Schoen said. “It doesn’t look like the schedule is hurting us. I saw a lot of confidence in the girls tonight. That has worried with me with the schedule, but they walked out of here knowing that, if we can play the way we did against Corydon, we’ll be OK.”

South Central’s hopes to beat Corydon Central for the first time since 2009 vanished in the second half.

During the holiday break, Corydon Central will participate in the Vincennes Rivet Tournament while South Central will play in the Gibson County Classic.