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Romp and roll: CC blows out Cats, 77-42

Romp and roll: CC blows out Cats, 77-42
Romp and roll: CC blows out Cats, 77-42
After picking the pocket of North Harrison junior all-state candidate Tara Miller, Corydon Central senior Julie Hoehn raced to the other end of of the court for two of her six points in Tuesday night's 77-42 victory by the Lady Panthers. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

In last year’s double-overtime, regular-season thriller between Corydon Central and North Harrison, the visiting Lady Panthers shot over 70 percent through three quarters before running out of gas late and falling to the hosts.
Last night, Corydon made sure it had plenty of high-octane fuel in a 77-42 shellacking of the Lady Cats: the Lady Panthers roasted the nets on 28 of 43 shooting ‘ including a heavenly 7-13 beyond the arc ‘ and never shot worse than 50 percent in any quarter.
The win was Corydon’s first over its county-, conference- and sectional rival since a 63-58 victory in the championship game of its own 3A sectional in the 1999-2000 season ‘ a drought of six games.
The 35-point margin ties the largest margin in the history of the 60-game series, which Corydon leads, 37-23. It was the worst loss for the Lady Cats since the 1996-97 season, when Silver Creek posted a 36-point decision against North.
Just what kind of a night was it for the hosts? All but two players who stepped into the game filled their scoring line, only one player shot less than 50 percent for the night and three players reached double-figures (two more were just a bucket away).
But it wasn’t the offense that pleased Corydon head coach Michael Uhl. Holding a North Harrison squad that had been averaging 62 points a game to just 42 is what had Uhl beaming.
While all of his players had a hand in the effort, standouts included his starting guards: sophomores Megan Greer and Jessie Stansbury and senior Julie Hoehn. They held North’s junior all-state candidate ‘ Tara Miller ‘ to 4-12 shooting, held junior Cassie Milburn scoreless and held down senior Lindsay Shroyer to just three points.
‘More importantly (Julie) called out our defenses and got us organized at the other end. You hold North Harrison to 42 points and you’ve done something,’ Uhl said. ‘We can play pretty good defense if we all happen to be playing the same defense at the same time, which was a problem early on. Julie has really been taking the initiative to call out our defenses and I thought she did a super job of that tonight. They all did.’
The Mid-Southern Conference victory improved the Lady Panthers to 5-1 in league play. North’s loss was its first and dropped the squad to 5-1. Scottsburg and Brownstown also sport 4-1 marks to create a major log-jam for league supremacy. North has a date with Brownstown its next time out (at home on Jan. 29) while the Lady Panthers will host the Lady Braves on Jan. 31.
With North junior center Rachel Cannon still nursing a knee injury, Corydon junior all-state candidate Dana Beaven dominated inside and scored 22 points with six rebounds to lead all scorers. Greer had 13 of her 15 points in the first half and also dished out eight assists, and Stansbury dropped in both her three-point tries on the night and finished with 11 points. Stannye Wolfe, a sophomore, was a perfect 4-4 from the field and had nine points and senior Ashley Withers came through with eight points. Hoehn had four steals to go along with six points.
It was the 5th straight game in double-figures for Greer.
The first three minutes of the contest were perfect offensively. Neither club missed a shot from the field, nor the free throw line, as Corydon edged out an 11-10 lead. The Lady Panthers pushed the lead to five but Shroyer had a three-point goal to bring North back to within two, 16-14. The Lady Panthers (13-3, 5-1) would outscore the visitors (13-3, 5-1) to the first stop, 7-2, and lead after one, 23-16.
Any thoughts the Lady Cats had of getting back into the game were quickly doused in the second frame: Corydon held its opponent without a point until 2:43 remained in the half, and produced an 11-0 run along the way.
Stefany Jaso’s bucket with 2:43 showing, and another just a few tickets later by Charissa Brooks were the only field goals in the quarter for the Lady Cats.
After Brooks’ bucket, Beaven scored four points and Greer dropped home a runner in the lane and a three-ball with six seconds left to ignite the Corydon faithful.
Corydon outscored North in the period, 20-4, and led by an eye-popping 23-point margin at the break, 43-20.
The Lady Cats, which shot a miserable 13 of 46 (28 percent) for the game, never got any closer the rest of the way.
Corydon posted a 6-0 spurt on two old-fashioned threes by Wolfe and Beaven and then held North Harrison without a field goal until 4:41 remained in the third quarter.
‘The people I watched out there tonight in our uniforms is not my team. I don’t know who those people are,’ North coach Missy Voyles said. ‘They are not the same people I practice with every day.’
After Miller’s 16 hard-earned points, Morgan Carr added 13 and Jaso scored six.
Carr’s effort followed a career-high 14 against Clarksville on Saturday.
Corydon, which outscored North by a 36-8 margin in the second and third quarters, won the rebounding war last night, 30-20, and both clubs committed 18 turnovers. At the line, the hosts were 14-18 and the visitors went 12-17.
NH’s starters were a combined 11-36 from the field; CC’s starters were a combined 22-31.
On field goals, Corydon went 9-11 in the first quarter, 9-13 in the second, 5-10 in the third and 5-9 in the fourth.
‘As good as they are and as hard as they play, really, until there was about three minutes to go in the game, I didn’t feel comfortable. Because of what they can do and their tradition, plus having a player the caliber of (Tara) Miller, who can score a ton of points, plus distribute the ball, you just can’t relax,’ Uhl said. ‘I thought we let down a little bit there late and then got refocused on what we needed to do.’