Birthday blast: Greer scores 19 in rout
A Sweet 16 dropped in 19 to get her team’s 10th, and sixth in a row giving up under 42.
Confused? This should clarify: Corydon Central sophomore Megan Greer celebrated her 16th birthday Thursday night by scoring a career-high 19 points to help Corydon pick up its 10th win of the season. It was the sixth game in a row that the Black and Gold Brigade gave up less than 42 points to its opponent.
When all was said and done, the Lady Panthers dominated Mid-Southern Conference-foe Eastern from start to finish in an 80-39 whitewashing.
Dana Beaven pitched in 17 points with nine rebounds, Stannye Wolfe netted 15, and Megan Bates came off the bench for 10.
‘Defense is something that has been a focus point for the past couple of weeks, and now we are trying to get our offense straightened out a bit,’ said Corydon coach Michael Uhl. ‘Tonight I thought we did that a little bit better. We’re starting to catch some open areas a little bit better and do some little things that don’t necessarily show up and things that we’ve worked on. It should make us a little bit better in the future.’
A small part of that future is a trip to Boonville Saturday afternoon. The big part comes Tuesday night when the Lady Panthers host county-, conference- and sectional-rival North Harrison, which is ranked sixth in the latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 3A poll.
Last year the game went into double-overtime before the host Lady Cats produced a 77-74 thriller that catapulted the team towards its 20-0 regular-season record. North ended Corydon’s season in the opening round of the Scottsburg Sectional, 51-41.
With match-ups against Lanesville (last night) and Boonville ahead of North, is it too close to look ahead? Uhl, in typical cards-close-to-the-vest fashion, replied with a one-word answer: ‘Yeah.’
Corydon senior Julie Hoehn got things started with a three from the right side and Wolfe followed with a free throw.
After Eastern’s Camden Sparkman scored from the baseline, the Lady Panthers went on 12-0 explosion. Corydon got back-to-back threes from Greer to end the opening quarter comfortably ahead, 26-6.
The only thing left in question after that was the final margin.
Eastern (6-5, 1-3) had 11 turnovers in the first period that led to nine Corydon baskets. The Lady Panthers (10-3, 4-1) were quick to make the extra pass.
‘They were really unselfish tonight,’ Uhl said. ‘We’re still making a lot of mental errors that are starting to become a little annoying. We’ve still got to get better in that aspect.’
On the flip side, Corydon’s coach was extremely unhappy with his team’s defense. On several occasions in a man-to-man defense, players were trading off for no reason.
After going up 6-2, Uhl immediately called a time out to straighten out his team.
‘And that happened many other times throughout the night, too,’ Uhl said. If Julie (Hoehn) is supposed to guard No. 24, then I want her to guard No. 24. If you make three straight trips down the court and you are guarding someone different each time, something’s wrong.
‘There were certain match-ups that I wanted and we weren’t getting them. We have to adjust and talk and help each other get to where we need to be, and right now we aren’t very good at that.’
Corydon hit its first five attempts from the field in the second quarter and outscored the visitors by five to lead 43-18 at the half. The club blew the game wide open in the third as it shot 11 of 18, including 3-5 on threes, while holding the Lady Musketeers to just five field goal attempts. The Lady Panthers grabbed nine rebounds to Eastern’s four.
Point guard Jessie Stansbury had eight points and two threes and a handful of assists; Hoehn and senior Cory Williams each finished with five points, and Sharon Brown hit one free throw for her only point.
The Lady Panthers were 28 of 55 on field goals and 8-17 on threes. Eastern managed to get off just 34 shots, hitting 11. The Lady Musketeers were held to just 13 shots in the second half alone and hit four.
Corydon owned the boards, 36-22, and committed 15 turnovers while forcing 29.
Corydon was 15-20 at the line; Eastern was 14-19.
Lindsey Jackson had 13 points with three three-pointers for Eastern, and Ashley Smith was a perfect 10-10 at the line and finished with 12 points.
— Corydon picked up an easy 68-23 victory over Crawford County last Tuesday.
Beaven scored 22, Greer had 15 and Wolfe put in 10. Williams and Megan Bates each added six, Stansbury tacked on five and Brown scored four points.
Corydon scored almost as many points in the second quarter (21) as Crawford had in the game (23).
Senior Lady Pack guard Bianca Haverstock had a career-low seven points on the night.