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Something smelled ‘foul’ at Jeff

Something smelled ‘foul’ at Jeff
Something smelled ‘foul’ at Jeff
Corydon Central junior Dana Beaven has a hard time getting a shot off in the low post as 6-5 junior Samantha Johnson goes for the stuff in Saturday night's game at William S. Johnson Arena. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

After eight minutes of battle, Corydon Central had to feel good about its efforts against No. 3-ranked (Class 4A) Jeffersonville. The visiting Lady Panthers trailed one of the top teams in the state by just six points, 17-11, and had as many turnovers (7) as they had forced.
But then the Lady Devil Express took Corydon an all-expenses-paid trip to Blowout City.
Jeffersonville (4-0) posted 33 points in the second quarter alone and doubled-up the Lady Panthers by intermission, 50-25. By then, the only thing left in question was the final point spread. The hosts rolled in a foul-fest at William S. Johnson Arena, 89-60.
In all, there were 76 free throws attempted and 60 fouls. Led by junior Dana Beaven’s near-perfect 17 of 18, Corydon hit 31 of 42 free throw attempts. Jeffersonville wasn’t far behind at 27 of 34.
The 89 points was the most ever given up in a 32-minute game under Lady Panther coach Michael Uhl.
The previous high was 69 points, against North Harrison in the 2000-2002 sectional opener. The most given up in any game was 77 in last year’s regular-season, double-overtime loss against North Harrison.
According to hickoryhusker.net, which has been keeping an unofficial record book of boys and girls basketball standards, the 58 made free throws set a new state record. The former mark was 37 set by Kokomo and McCutcheon in February of 1993.
‘We did some things that we worked on in practice really well tonight. In spots, we played really well, and if those things that we worked on in practice will work against Jeffersonville, they’ll work against anybody, including some college teams. That’s just how good Jeff is,’ Uhl said.
‘We’ve still got a lot of little things to work on, but we’re moving in the right direction. We missed a lot of shots around the basket. We didn’t do that very well, and hence the score.’
Jeffersonville’s Jasmine Baines, who has signed to play basketball and run track at IUPUI, hit a jumper a few seconds into the contest. Sophomore Megan Greer put Corydon on top briefly with a three-pointer, and Baines connected again from the wing. After trading free throws, the two clubs stood tied at 6-6 with 6:22 left in the first period.
The Lady Devils had a 6-0 spurt on goals by Baines and sisters Sabrina and Samantha Johnson before Greer could stop the bleeding with another trey. Later, two frees by Corydon sophomore Megan Bates set the first quarter score at 17-11.
Beaven, who led all scorers with 23 points, had two charity tosses to start the second quarter, but the hosts outscored Corydon 33-12 the rest of way the way to the half.
In the pivotal second stanza, Jeffersonville scored 15 points off turnovers, and Baines scored 10 of her team-high 19 points. For the game, the Lady Red Devils scored 29 points off turnovers.
‘We just made some poor decisions. It started from where we took the ball out to who we were passing, we made some poor decisions and we got shook. Then Jeff is obviously good enough to take advantage of what we were doing,’ Uhl said. ‘IUPUI got a steal with that Baines girl. She can just flat out play. I told someone else that there are a lot of college scouts who are kicking themselves in the tail for not recruiting her. Then the other girls are pretty good, too.’
The Lady Devils pushed their advantage to as many as 43 points by the end of the third quarter. Jeffersonville, humbled by a 64-49 loss last year at Corydon, sought out a bit of payback as it left its starters in until the 3:30 mark.
The Lady Lucifers played all 14 players on their varsity roster: 12 scored and 13 committed at least one foul. And despite the 89-point outburst, only two players reached double figures for the host club. Baines had 19 and Samantha Johnson finished with 16. Ashley Pait came off the bench for nine points, Amy Austin had nine, and Sabrina Johnson and Brittany Gary each tacked on eight points.
Corydon Central (3-3) had three players in double figures. Along with Beaven’s output, Bates had 12 with a pair of triples, and Greer scored 11 with three three-pointers. No other player scored more than four points for the Lady Panthers.
Seniors Ashley Withers and Cory Williams both fouled out in the fourth quarter, and Corydon had three more with four fouls apiece.
‘That’s the way Jeff plays, and you have to play as aggressive as they do or you’ll get man-handled. If we weren’t aggressive, (the final score) would have been worse than what it was,’ Uhl said.
Corydon hit 12 of 43 shots for the game and went 5-22 beyond the arc. Both clubs committed 26 turnovers. The Lady Red Devils shot a sizzling 30 of 50 from the floor and dominated the rebounding, 40-25.
The Lady Panthers return to the hardwood and Mid-Southern Conference play tonight (Wednesday) at Austin and then travel to Silver Creek on Saturday for an afternoon matinee game.
n Corydon Central hit just 14 of 45 field goal attempts and struggled at the foul stripe in a 50-39 Mid-Southern Conference loss at Scottsburg last Tuesday night.
Dana Beaven scored 16 and Stannye Wolfe had eight.
The Warriorettes (6-1, 3-1) were paced by the 15 points of Ginna Napier, 13 from Megan Hall, and 10 from Kristin Edwards. Scottsburg was 18 of 21 from the foul stripe, including 12 of 15 in the final frame to keep the visitors at bay.

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