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Corydon and SC each win sectional openers

Winning in similar fashion, both Corydon Central and South Central walked the sectional tightrope last night and came away unscathed.
The Lady Panthers, taking part in Class 3A Sectional 30 action at North Harrison, overcame a poor shooting effort in the first half to knock off Silver Creek, 58-27.
Corydon, which moved up to No. 7 in the latest Class 3A coaches poll, will face Madison ‘ a 65-43 winner over Salem ‘ in the semifinal round on Friday night at 6 p.m.
Following the Corydon-Madison matchup will be a highly-anticipated war between Scottsburg, ranked 12th and sporting a mark of 16-4, and two-time defending champion North Harrison, which is ranked 5th in the state and holds a record of 17-3.
North won the regular-season scrum, 47-42.
Corydon hasn’t played Madison since the 1997-98 season, when the two clubs met in the Madison 3A Regional (the hosts won, 47-42).
At Sectional 60 at 1A New Washington, South Central outlasted Christian Academy of Indiana in the first game, 51-42.
New Washington, winners of only six games coming into the sectional, shocked two-time defending champion Borden (9-11) in the second game, 56-50, to set up Friday’s first tilt at 6.
South won the regular-season game against New Washington, 72-43.
Lanesville will open sectional play against Henryville at about 8 p.m.
The Lady Eagles swept both match-ups this season against Henryville, 49-23 and 51-31.
South Central 51, CAI 42
It’s often been said that the first sectional game is always the toughest to play, and that was certainly the case last night at New Washington High School.
The two teams with the best records in the sectional ‘ No. 10- ranked South Central at 16-6 and Christian Academy at 13-5 ‘ fought tooth and nail through the first three quarters and for just over two minutes of the fourth.
Then, with 5:39 left in the contest, a trifecta by South senior Shannon Bruner from the top of the key, followed by another three-ball by junior Samantha Troutman, finally put a pesky Lady Warrior team at bay.
The Lady Rebels held on for a 51-42 win.
Troutman scored 20 points, and senior Rikki Abbott, who averages 18 points a game, went scoreless in the first half but bounced back with 10 of her 12 points in the third period.
Bruner finished with eight points and Melissa Biesel added nine, including a sparkling 6-6 effort from the stripe for the winners. Sarah Pease and Lindsay Haag each had one point apiece.
‘We have a lot of experience on this team, with most of the girls being on the semi-state squad and I think late in games it pays off,’ South coach Randall Schoen said. ‘They know how to make plays to get the job done.’
The Lady Rebels rolled out to a 12-4 lead and looked to leave the Lady Warriors in the dust.
Christian Academy had other thoughts as the squad scored 14 unanswered points, stretching from the 1:24 mark of the first period to the 5:38 mark of the second.
The team went from trailing by eight to leading by six.
‘I was pretty disappointed that we gave up the lead that quick,’ Schoen said. ‘A lot of credit for that goes to them.’
Biesel, who scored the last points for South in the first period to set the score at 12-4, reluctantly shot a three from the right side that found nothing but the bottom of the net.
Swapping baskets back and forth, April Stewart scored a deuce and two frees for a seven-point advantage with 43 seconds left in the first half.
Troutman canned a three and converted the old-fashioned triple in the last 30 seconds to trim CAI’s lead to 29-28.
‘That was big for us to close out the first half like that and get back to within one,’ Schoen said. ‘That was a huge momentum swing.’
South used that momentum ‘ as well as Abbott’s 10 points in the third period ‘ to rally and hold a 41-39 lead heading into the final frame.
Stewart tied it with a soft jumper, but the threes by Bruner and Troutman were too much for the Lady Warriors to overcome.
The game was a tale of two halves, offensively: South was just 7-26 from the field in the first half while CAI was 11-26; in the second half, the roles were reversed as the Lady Rebels converted 9-18 from the field, including 3-7 beyond the arc, and CAI was 5-20.
Rebounding and turnovers were nearly awash, with the Lady Warriors owning three more boards (34-31) and SC having three fewer turnovers (16-19).
Stewart led CAI with 15 points and three threes and Ashley McKnight wound up with 13.
CC 58, Silver Creek 27
It took 24 minutes to do it, but Corydon Central got its groove on in the fourth quarter to pull away from Silver Creek in the opener of the North Harrison 3A Sectional, 58-27.
The Lady Panthers (18-3) held a 5-3 lead after one period and 17-9 at the break. After rattling off a 13-1 run to start the third, leading 30-10, Corydon sputtered, had nine turnovers and allowed the Lady Dragons to storm back.
Creek scored the last 10 points of the third thanks to a pair of long-balls from Katie Voyles and trimmed Corydon’s lead to 30-20.
Buoyed by a 13 of 15 effort from the foul stripe in the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers outscored their opponent, 28-7, to post their fourth-straight win over Silver Creek.
Corydon sophomore Megan Greer, who was coming off a goose-egg (offensively) last week against Clarksville, scored 17 of her career-high 20 points in the second half and junior Dana Beaven ‘ fighting foul problems ‘ added 12 of her 16 in the second half as well.
Julie Hoehn scored seven points to equal her season-high, Megan Bates put in five, Stannye Wolfe had seven points and several key rebounds and Ashley Withers scored three.
After a horrid 6-24 effort from the field in the first half, Corydon bounced back with a 10-16 mark in the second half to finish out the game shooting 16 of 40 (40 percent).
As a team, Corydon was 20 of 24 at the line, with Beaven leading the way at 8-9 and Greer at 4-5.
Silver Creek (13-8), which shot 10-44, was paced by the eight-point nights of Voyles and Allison Jackson.
The Lady Panthers won the rebounding battle, 36-26.
In other action around the state, 4A Floyd Central shocked New Albany, 50-43, while Jennings County posted a 54-49 overtime victory over Seymour.
In Class 1A, Medora clipped Orleans, 52-49 in overtime, and Springs Valley suffered a 64-41 setback to N.E. Dubois.
Additional information for this story by Chris Stoner, AM-1550 WOCC