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Scottsburg spoils CC’s Senior Night

Senior Night at Corydon Central last Thursday evening didn’t quite turn out the way Colleen Merk and Sarah Esarey had hoped.
The two lone Lady Panther seniors saw a six-point lead just out of the half disappear in a matter of minutes as Scottsburg tripped up the hosts for sole possession of second place in the Mid-Southern Conference, 50-44.
Leading the pow-pow for the Warriorettes were Shelley Wallace and Ginna Napier with 13 points apiece.
The scuffle was anything but a shooting clinic: Corydon shot a paltry 14 of 36 (38 percent) while Scottsburg was equally as bad at 16 of 46 (34 percent). Hampering the Lady Panthers’ efforts, however, were 22 turnovers. Most led directly to a Scottsburg basket or free throw.
Corydon coach Michael Uhl said his team hasn’t performed up to snuff the past two outings, and a lot of that has to do with the opponents.
“I don’t think we’ve had a letdown since the North Harrison loss. Right after the North Harrison loss, we went to Floyd Central and won. I just feel like we didn’t play very well,” Uhl said. “Scottsburg had a lot to do with that. At 13-5, they are a real nice club.”
Corydon held a 13-7 lead after one quarter on a buzzer-beater by Cory Williams and also held a six-point advantage at the half, 26-20, thanks to 12 first-half points by sophomore Dana Beaven and six by Merk.
Scottsburg trimmed two points off in the third frame as it held Corydon to just two field goals. The solid play of Ashley Withers in a one-minute span at the end of the quarter gave Corydon a 34-30 lead after Scottsburg had gone up by one with 3:29 left. Freshman Mindy Savely scored on a drive down the middle to set the score at 34-30 heading into the fourth.
The Warriorettes made their push in the final eight minutes, thanks to 11 of 15 shooting at the line and 4-5 shooting from the floor.
The visitors took the lead on a three-point play by Hannah Stivers with 6:18 left in the ball game.
“We just did not execute very well,” Uhl said of the disappointing loss. “If you do not play well against a solid team, you will lose. They are a good team, and the best team that night won.”
The Lady Panthers were led by Beaven’s 16 points and 16 rebounds and Merk’s 11 points. Esarey dropped home one three and finished with seven points and five assists. Rounding out the line were Cory Williams with four points, Ashley Withers with three, Mindy Savely had two and Stannye Wolfe one.
“We are getting real good contributions from Ashley, Julie (Hoehn), Cory, Stannye and Mindy,” Uhl pointed out.
Scottsburg had 13 turnovers.