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24-point spurt powers Corydon

South Central’s girls saw a 10-2 lead disappear in a matter of minutes on Dec. 11 at No. 8-ranked (Class 3A) North Harrison. Last Tuesday night, “the other” highly-ranked girls squad from Harrison County did it, too.
Corydon Central, touted as the 10th best team in 3A by the girls coaches poll, found itself in a 6-0 hole in the first two minutes of the ball game. After calling a time-out, Lady Panthers head coach Michael Uhl stared down his team and asked them one by one if she were ready to start playing basketball. Each one nodded yes. They returned to the floor and rattled off 24 straight points.
By the time the final horn sounded, Corydon had walloped its South Harrison Community School Corp. adversary, 63-39.
Sophomore Dana Beaven was the most powerful Lady Panther, finishing with 27 points and at one point outscoring South late in the third quarter, 27-25. She hit five of six free throws as well.
The only other Corydon player to hit for double-figures in scoring was Sarah Esarey, who found her stroke from long range with four out of five three-pointers.
South was paced by sophomore southpaw Samantha Troutman, who had three triples and 15 points. Rachel Dixon, the team’s leading scorer, didn’t notch her first points until 33 seconds were left in the first half and finished with a season-low 11 points.
Troutman had an early jumper from the left wing and junior guard Rikki Abbott followed with her only four points of the game for a 6-0 lead with 5:51 left in the game. Following a Corydon timeout, the hosts went on a remarkable tear.
Freshman Mindy Savely got it started with a free throw at 5:18. That was chased by three straight buckets from Beaven, a deuce by Colleen Merk, and back-to-back threes by Esarey. Savely cashed in on a Beaven steal, Merk had another field goal, Stannye Wolfe had an old-fashioned three, and Beaven knocked down two free throws for a 24-6 lead at the first stop.
Troutman slowed the bleeding with a swishing three-pointer, but Beaven and Esarey followed with a field goal and a triple. The clubs traded blows, with Dixon’s three coming with 33 ticks left in the first, and Corydon junior Julie Hoehn rounding out the half with two free throws, to make it 40-20.
Despite threes by Troutman, Dixon and Shannon Bruner, South never got much going offensively the rest of the way.
The Lady Panthers knocked down 23 of 44 shots, thrashed South on the boards, 38-21, yet committed five more turnovers, 20-15. The Lady Rebels were 15 of 46 (32 percent) from the floor, including 7-20 in the second half.