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Lady Panthers peg Charlestown, fall to NA

Lady Panthers peg Charlestown, fall to NA
Lady Panthers peg Charlestown, fall to NA
Cassandra Roach of Charlestown (42) is trapped by Corydon Central's Heather Timberlake, left, and Heather Kintner in Friday night's loss to the Lady Panthers. Corydon beat the Lady Pirates, 61-38, in a Mid-Southern Conference frey. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Corydon Central’s girls basketball team won its second straight game of the season Friday night, a 61-38 victory over Charlestown. One night later, the girls suffered their first setback, 59-44, to New Albany.
Corydon tries to get back on the winning track Saturday against Seymour here at 6 p.m.
Lady Panther Coach Michael Uhl said his team’s two opponents had a great contrast in styles, with New Albany being — as always — an incredibly physical club.
“We hung in there and played just as hard as (New Albany) did,” Uhl said. “We could not handle (Stephanie) Lynch in the third, where she scored 13 of their 15. We doubled down on her in the first half, and Brianne Casper and Jessica Huggins both buried two threes apiece. Therefore, we had to play them a little more straight up in the second half, and the big girl hurt us.”
Lady Panther senior Heather Kintner tried to counter Huggin’s eight first-quarter points with a pair of threes of her own; however, the visitors still walked away from the first quarter with a 17-8 lead. The clubs battled to a 15-15 tie in the second period to put Corydon’s lead at 28-14 at the break.
Host Corydon cut down on its turnovers in the second half but couldn’t overcome a 3-of-16 effort from the floor in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bulldogs pulled away to the win.
“Actually, it was a very good game for us. I am glad that someone got in our faces, and we did not wilt,” Uhl said. “Hopefully, we will be that aggressive in the rest of our games and build from the loss.”
Huggins finished with 11 points, Brianne Casper had two threes in the second period to finish with six points, and Lynch bounced back from a two-point first half to score 15 in the third and 17 overall. Regina Marshall went 10 of 16 on free throws for 12 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Junior Sarah Esarey led Corydon with 14 points, including 4-6 from the free throw line. Kintner had three threes en route to an 11-point night.
New Albany had seven turnovers and forced Corydon into 13. The visitors out-rebounded the Lady Panthers, 38-32.
The Lady Bulldogs shot 18 of 50 for the game and went 5 of 15 beyond the arc. They hit 18 of 28 free throws.
Corydon went 13 of 40 from the floor and 3-10 on threes. The team was 15 of 20 on free throws.
Against Charlestown, Kintner had three three-pointers in the first seven minutes as the Lady Panthers took a 17-9 lead in the opening period.
Teammate Sarah Esarey marked a bomb and a deuce in the second quarter, which ended with a Cory Williams three with six seconds left to extend the advantage to 29-19.
Charlestown saw its deficit inch up to 32-19 after Esarey hit a jumper in the lane and Liz Marshall tacked on a free throw to start the third quarter.
The Lady Pirates got a spark on a basket by Kendra Stumler and a triple and a deuce by Clara Lenfert to shrink Corydon’s lead to 32-26.
That’s when Corydon senior Sunny Hipple quenched the host’s heat with two-straight jumpers from the left side. Marshall had a follow, and Hipple knocked down another shot to put their team on top, 40-26.
Freshman Dana Beaven and sophomore Williams combined for a 15-2 run to start the fourth period with Esarey, Colleen Merk and Hipple all chipping in as well to send the home team out with a loss.
Despite being in foul trouble, Kintner led the way for Corydon with 12 points. Esarey finished with 11, Hipple had 10, and Beaven wound up with eight. Williams and Merk both scored seven.
“We missed way too many easy baskets underneath,” Uhl said. “We missed five that should have been hit. You can’t take 10 points off the board. If Charlestown gets those rebounds and scores at the other end, that’s an 18- to 20-point swing.”
Charlestown coach Tony Hall, who returned to the helm after a one-year hiatus last season, said Hipple’s outburst in the third was key to his team’s loss.
“When we made our run, Hipple stepped up and hit jumpers three times in a row. That pretty much threw water on our fire,” Hall said. “We desperately need a player like that, and until someone steps forward, we’re going to struggle. We need a point guard who can drive down the lane and deliver the shot or the assist.
“Everybody’s going to press us because of a lack of a point guard. By sectional time, we should see every type of press invented by mankind, and maybe by then we can find a guard in this school or on this team that can handle that. The guards we have right now are kicking the ball out of bounds, going to the concession stand and getting popcorn. We’ll get there, but we’ve still got a ways to go.”

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