Lady Panthers slide their way past NH
When Corydon Central defeated North Harrison in its five-way volleyball tournament a couple of weeks ago, the Lady Panthers led from gate to wire in all three games.
Last night, in the same venue, the hosts proved they could play from behind, too.
Corydon won the first game with ease, 21-12, but had to battle tooth and claw in the second to take the deceivingly close, 21-15 victory and then rally from several four-point deficits in the final set to win, 21-16.
The Lady Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead in the first frame before North Harrison rallied to 8-7 behind a pair of kills by Candy Smith. Corydon sophomore Dana Beaven recorded the first of her six kills on the night to snap the string and power her team to its first win.
Corydon got out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and again, North stormed back behind a pair of kills by Tara Miller, a Corydon hitting error and two aces by Cassie Milburn. The game saw six ties and four lead changes the rest of the way thanks to some well played volleyball.
In the end, however, it was an ace by Cassie Mathews and a Beth Shireman dink that stymied North’s upset bid.
The Lady Cats didn’t take “no” for an answer in the third game, where they raced out to a trio of four-point leads.
An ace by Jade Best and kills by Beaven, Ann Powers and Jenna Lillpop brought Corydon to a 10-9 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
For the Lady Panthers, Best had three aces and three kills, Krista Wolfe had a scoring dink, Alisha Mosier had five digs and a kill, Shireman ranked up seven kills and two dinks, Beaven added three scoring blocks and Lillpop had six kills to go along with four aces.
North Harrison was paced by Miller’s 10 kills and one scoring block. Smith had four kills and a scoring block, Milburn chipped in with four aces, Brooke Redden had a kill, Abby Wells had three dinks and LIndsay Shroyer had two scoring blocks and two aces to go along with a kill.