Corydon girls fill Lanesville’s stocking with 52-26 loss
It was a ho, ho, ho-hum basketball game Saturday night in Lanesville. After the visiting Lady Panthers of Corydon Central churned out a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, they used a smothering press to outscore the hosts 15-5 in the second to eventually double up Lanesville, 52-26.
Nine players scored for Corydon (7-3), led by senior Heather Kintner’s 10 on two threes. Fellow senior Liz Marshall and freshman phenom Dana Beaven both served up eight points, and junior Colleen Merk had seven. Sarah Esarey ended the night with six, Sunny Hipple and Mindy Cash helped out with four apiece, Valerie Feller connected from downtown for her three points, and Ashley Withers had a lone deuce in the win. Cash also had four assists and four rebounds.
Corydon was 19 of 43 overall from the floor, out-rebounded the Lady Eagles (3-12) 28-22, and easily won the turnover battle, 13-25. The Lady Panthers did not turn the ball over the first quarter and only had three in the third period.
“We worked really hard on a press break, and we knew that was going to be important as far as how well we attacked it. We rushed some passes, which is exactly what that press is supposed to do, and I think the girls panicked there in the second quarter,” Lanesville coach Tim Coomer said.
“The girls played hard and the intensity was there. We just didn’t execute. In the second half, we didn’t get out on their shooters. The biggest key to this game was that our defense didn’t move.
“It was everything I expected it to be, though. We missed a lot of easy shots. There was one point where Corydon missed several shots, and we had five opportunities to score and didn’t do that on any of them.”
Lanesville was without the all-around services of freshman guard Amanda Picente, who turned her ankle in practice last week. She took to the floor a couple of times during the contest but was forced back to the sideline because of pain.
“That really hurt us because she’s such a good ball-handler, and that would have helped us against Corydon’s press,” Coomer said.
Corydon coach Michael Uhl gave credit to Lanesville’s first-quarter game plan as well as senior guard Brittany Ridge.
“A lot of their buckets came off (Ridge) penetrating and dishing off and one of their girls stepping up to hit the shot,” Uhl said. “They had a lot of nice looks because of that. Ridge has gotten better all four years she’s been at Lanesville and she does a nice job for them.”
Lanesville put up a good fight in the first quarter despite five turnovers. Erin Rothrock, who had a team-high eight points, got things started with a short jumper on the left wing. After trading baskets several times, sophomore Shelby Acton nailed a shot from the elbow to tie the game at 8-8 with 3:09 left in the quarter. Marshall had a lay-in and Esarey floated one home from just inside the arc to put the hosts ahead, 12-8.
The Lady Panthers opened the second period with a 11-1 run: Esarey had one free throw, Merk and Beaven had regular field goals, and Kintner bombed home two treys to go up 23-9 with just over four minutes remaining in the half. Ridge was the only Lady Eagle to score in the period, notching all five points for Lanesville, which trailed at the break, 27-13.
The offense didn’t get much better in the second half for the Lady Eagles, who shot a dismal 9-33 from the field, including 0-9 on threes, as Corydon pulled away to the easy win.
After Rothrock’s eight, Ridge notched seven in the loss, Shelby Acton had five, Carrie Uesseler four, and Ashleigh Melton two.
The Lady Panthers return to the court Friday at the Southport Tournament against the host school at 10 a.m. That scrap will be followed by New Albany against East Central. Lanesville takes an extended holiday break and returns on Jan. 8 to host Southern Athletic Conference- and county-rival South Central.
“(Southport) is pretty comparable with us in terms of size, but they are incredibly quick. According to (Jeff) Sagarin’s Ratings, they have the No. 1 schedule in the state. They play very similar to Scottsburg and North Harrison in that they really get after you,” Uhl said of his team’s next opponent. “(Elizabeth) Stevens is a transfer from Perry Meridian who is a super ball player. We’ll have our work cut out for us up there.”