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NH beats CC in low-scoring affair

Corydon Central girls basketball teams are well known for holding high-octane clubs under their average, so it wasn’t surprising that last night’s home-court clash against county-, conference- and sectional-rival North Harrison was a low-scoring affair. The only problem for the Lady Panthers was that it was North Harrison’s defensive effort that proved to be the focal point of the game.
The Lady Cats (12-3, 5-1 Mid-Southern Conference) held the hosts to just 12 of 44 shooting from the floor (27 percent). While Corydon out-rebounded North, 36-34, the Blue and White Brigade forced 21 turnovers, compared to just 12 for the Lady Cats.
The end result was a 49-37 victory by the visitors in one of the lowest scoring affairs in the 57-game history of the series.
“They played super defense tonight,” Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said after his first-ever home loss to the Lady Cats. “I’ve scouted them six or seven times and that’s by far the hardest I’ve ever seen them play on defense. You have to give them a ton of credit.”
Junior guard Kim McMillin, as she’s done in all but two of her team’s 15 games, led North Harrison with 22 points on 5-5 shooting and added three rebounds and three steals to the night’s log. Sophomore teammate Lindsay Shroyer, the shortest player on the court at 5-5, had a game-high eight rebounds to go along with her 13 points.
North Harrison got off to a 7-1 start and held Corydon (9-6, 3-2 M.S.C.) without a field goal until the 2:48 mark of the first period when freshman Dana Beaven put in two of her six points. Shroyer scored at the other end, McMillin hit a three and freshman Tara Miller dropped home a bucket to make it 14-3. Sarah Esarey hit one of her three three-pointers on the night with two ticks remaining to set the first quarter score at 14-6.
The two clubs swapped baskets and free throws in the second period, with North posting an 8-2 run in the final 2:38 of the half to hold a 29-15 advantage at the half.
Corydon Central senior Heather Kintner, who tossed in a career-high 23 last week in a win over West Washington, buried back-to-back threes with Esarey scoring on a short jumper and Liz Marshall nailing a free throw to bring the hosts back into the frey, 31-24, with 3:02 left in the period. McMillin, Miller and Shroyer ended the third with a quick flurry to build the lead back up to 13, 37-24, heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Esarey, who scored a team-high 11 points, got the hot hand again with back-to-back triples, Heather Timberlake came off the bench for an old-fashioned three and Beaven put in one of her seven rebounds on the night to bring the club back to within six with 4:24 left in the ball game.
Beaven’s put-back was the final field goal for Corydon Central as North rattled off a 8-2 spurt in the final 3:48 to set the final score.
The Lady Panthers were paced by Esarey’s 11 and Kintner’s seven points. Beaven came off the bench for six points with seven rebounds. Senior Liz Marshall scored just three points, but grabbed six boards in the loss, which all but eliminated Corydon from capturing a share of the Mid-Southern Conference crown.
Corydon suffered several dry spells in the game, including stretches of 5:12, 4:24, 4:09 and 2:46 between field goals.
“We had to work so hard between shots that it ate up 50 or 60 seconds,” Uhl said. “We wanted to control the pace of the game a little bit to get a good shot, but North Harrison did such a tremendous job on defense that we really had to work hard.”
North Harrison was 18 of 48 from the floor and 11 of 20 at the free throw line. Corydon, which hit 5-12 from beyond the arc, was 8-13 from the charity stripe.
Scottsburg is 9-8 and 5-1 in the M.S.C. If North Harrison can win out against Brownstown and Charlestown, it would earn a tie with the Warriorettes for it’s first conference crown since the 1986-87 season when it earned a share with Scottsburg and Clarksville.
Corydon Central will try to rebound and snap its two-game losing streak on Saturday night against Floyd Central while North Harrison has a twin-bill weekend as Lanesville invades Ramsey on Friday night at 6 p.m. (varsity only) and West Washington calls on Saturday evening.

* This was the 57th meeting between the two schools.

* The Lady Panthers are up all-time vs. NH, 36-21

* Most points scored by one team: North Harrison (90 vs. CC, 91-92 season, 90-56)

* Fewest points scored by one team: North Harrison (26 vs. CC, 82-83 season, 49-26)

* Largest margin of victory: 35 (Corydon d. NH 65-30 in 77-78 season), 34 (NH d. Corydon 90-56 in 91-92 season, Corydon d. NH 71-37 in 96-97 season), 33 (Corydon d. NH 66-33 in 78-79 season).

* In sectional games against each other, Corydon is up, 12-7.

* All-time scoring in CC-NH: Corydon Central 2,873 points (50.4 avg.), North Harrison 2,718 points (47.6 avg.).