Source: The Corydon Democrat

3rd-place showing for Lady Panthers at Rivet

by Brian Smith

December 31, 2013

Seeing solid teams is something Corydon Central has become accustomed to when the Lady Panthers participate in the Vincennes Rivet Classic each year.

The holiday event this year was no different, with Corydon Central coming away with its best placement — third of eight teams — since the school has participated.

In the third-place game on Saturday, Corydon Central jumped out to a 29-15 halftime lead and held on for a 52-37 victory over Sullivan. Marie Rothrock led Corydon Central in scoring with 14 points. She, along with Aly Chambers, had four steals in the contest.

Taylor Frederick tallied four points and 14 rebounds. Frederick and Rothrock would be named to the All-Tournament team.

“Sullivan graduated a lot the last two years but are still really well coached,” Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. “They had a couple of shooters we didn’t find very well. That’s something we’ll focus on, identifying shooters better, because our sectional is loaded with them.”

Facing the second No. 1 ranked team of the year (previously played Class 4A No. 1 Bedford North Lawrence), Corydon Central wasn’t able to upset 2A No. 1 Heritage Christian. Leading 25-2 after the first quarter, Heritage Christian went on to win 72-44 in the semi-final game. Corydon Central managed to outscore the winners, 31-30, in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first-half deficit.

Rothrock paced the Lady Panthers with 14 points, while Ashley Oliver contributed 10 points and five rebounds.

“Game like that keeps reminding us of things we have to do better,” Uhl said. “We will get some time off and get back at it for the home stretch.”

Heritage Christian was the second of two games the Lady Panthers played on Friday. In the opening round, Corydon Central pulled off a 46-40 win over 2A No. 11 North Knox.

Making it three games in double-figure scoring, Rothrock led the Lady Panthers with 12 points while Frederick added 11.

“North Knox had a big girl, and we did a good job holding her to eight points,” Uhl said. “Their guard, (Lauren) Charlton, got loose for 10 points in the first half and 18 for the game. Part of that is we focused on the post, and she got loose.”

As a team, the Lady Panthers shot 48 percent from the field, including making 3 of 5 triples.

Uhl said when speaking with local 2A coaches about North Knox, they figured the Lady Warriors to be one of the regional favorites.

Heritage Christian didn’t have much of an issue winning the Classic title, rolling past Pike Central 81-37 in the opening round then defeating Class A No. 4 Vincennes Rivet, 65-45, in the championship.

North Knox went on to win its next two games at the tournament, beating Pike Central (70-42) and Vincennes Lincoln (46-39).

Overall, the Lady Panthers improved to 7-5.

“We’re still trying to piece everything together,” coach Uhl said. “All in all, it wasn’t a bad tournament.”

The Lady Panthers have a short break before playing at home on Jan. 9 against Eastern (Pekin).