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Corydon slips vs. No. 2-Memorial

Corydon slips vs. No. 2-Memorial
Corydon slips vs. No. 2-Memorial
Lady Panther junior Dana Beaven found herself double-teamed most of the night against Evansville Memorial, which went on to take the regional championship away from Corydon. (Photo by Wade Bell)

The old saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end.’
For the last 18 outings, the seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Corydon girls’ basketball team had seen a lot of good things, winning every game, some by some big numbers, en route to bringing a 20-3 record into the Jasper Regional.
The Lady Panthers beat Washington in the early round and headed into the regional championship against second-ranked Evansville Memorial, which put away Edgewood earlier in the day.
Asked about Memorial sophomore point guard Fahkara Malone following his win over Washington, Corydon coach Mike Uhl said his team has been used to seeing good guards all season.
‘You’ve got Angela Smith from Floyd (Central) and Bianca (Haverstock from Crawford County),’ he said. ‘We’ve played (North Harrison’s) Tara Miller. How can you forget her? The girls from Scottsburg and Madison.
‘We’ve played teams that has real good guards. It’s not like it’s new. Memorial has got the post players to go with them. It’s going to take a good effort tonight, but I think we’re up to the challenge.’
Corydon showed they were up for the challenge in the first half, playing Memorial evenly through most of the first period. After Malone buried a three-ball with 25 seconds left in the quarter, Corydon misfired twice in the last 10 seconds as the Lady Tigers led 12-9.
Stannye Wolfe and Dana Beaven gave Corydon a one-point edge early in the second period. Malone and Andrea Fichter put Memorial back in front, but Ashley Withers scored for Corydon, keeping the game at a one-point difference.
The Lady Panthers clawed back in the last three minutes with a 7-3 burst, taking a 22-19 lead at the half.
‘We got off to a halfway decent start this game,’ Uhl said. ‘Maybe we should have fell behind.’
‘The one thing we really talked about it was pretty much one shot and they were done. They hit some of them and missed some of them, but they usually only got one shot. I think that was a key the first half why we had that couple-point lead going in there. We might have wore out a little bit. That might have been why our shots weren’t falling. We made a couple of poor decisions.’
Beaven and Greer kept Corydon barely in front early in the third period, but Paige Rudolph nailed a three-ball with 5:48 to go to tie the game at 28.
The lead changed hands, then Mallory Montrastelle buried another Memorial three for a 33-31 edge. Wolfe tied the game at 33, but Memorial scored the next five points to lead 38-33 with one quarter left.
Beaven picked up her fourth foul to begin the final period, and Wolfe stepped up: she knocked down two quick deuces to close Corydon’s deficit to one.
From there, however, it was Memorial who would roll, outscoring the Lady Panthers, 9-2, to lead 47-39.
Beaven got Corydon’s final two points of the season from the stripe. Memorial scored the last eight and took the regional championship, 55-41.
‘They’re unreal,’ Uhl said of Memorial. ‘They’ve got some talent. Their big people underneath, they play well. That’s a pretty phenomenal team. Memorial was young, too. I think they had a couple of seniors. They’re pretty much as young as we are, and it would be nice to have another shot a year from now at this same time. I’m looking forward to it myself. I hope that happens. (The team) took the loss kind of hard in (the locker room), and I think they want another shot, too.’
‘I told the girls they did to us what a good team will do to you. This is what we did against Scottsburg and Madison, Silver Creek and on down the line. The fourth quarter came around and we were ahead. They were ahead a couple of points and put the game away. They hit their free throws and executed like they needed. That’s what we’ve been doing to other teams. We just didn’t happen to have the lead at the other end.’
Malone led Memorial with 19 points. The Lady Tigers hit 17 of 48 field goals (35 percent) and 16 of 29 free throws and committed 17 turnovers.
‘I thought we did a decent job on Malone, but we didn’t do a good enough job,’ Uhl said. ‘They got breakaway lay-ups on us. That was a key thing. When we got our defense set, we did a real good job. We dug us a hole there.’
Beaven led Corydon with 14 points, and Wolfe finished with 12. Corydon connected on 9 of 11 free throws, but hit only 15 of 44 field goals (34 percent). The Lady Panthers committed 12 turnovers and were out-rebounded by one, 33-32.
‘As we were going up and down the court we had some good shots. They just didn’t fall. (Dana’s) such a major part of our team obviously but you’ve got to give our girls credit. They hung in there.’
‘They’ve never given up. They’ve never given up on us as a coaching staff. They’d go with basically with what we were telling them. They tried to execute things to the best of their ability. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of girls.’
Corydon will lose just three seniors in Withers, Julie Hoehn, and Cory Williams.
‘They’re just three real caring individuals who understand the team concept,’ Uhl said. ‘We couldn’t have done this without them.
‘We’ve already talked about workouts in the summer and in the spring and getting better individually, making ourselves better ball handlers, better shooters and better off the dribble.
‘I’m proud of our run. It was pretty impressive especially after our Scottsburg-Jeffersonville debacle, that weekend we had at the beginning of the year.
‘They worked hard this summer and continued to lift weights and tried to get better. You’ve just got to love that attitude out of them.’
Corydon buries Lady Hatchets
After shaking out some first half gremlins, the Corydon Lady Panthers scrapped their way back against the Lady Hatchets of Washington in the early round of the Jasper regional, earning a ticket to the championship game against Evansville Memorial, who put away Edgewood 53-48 in the opening round.
The gremlins bit at Corydon early in the game as junior all-state candidate Dana Beaven found her pinky finger a little out of whack following a foul just 58 seconds into the game.
‘She came over and said, ‘My pinky is dislocated,’ ‘ said Corydon coach Mike Uhl. ‘It stuck out here a little bit, so I think she was right.’
After some work with the finger and some tape, Beaven returned late in the period, but Washington had already built an 8-2 lead. Beaven, however, wasted no time in getting her team back in the game, immediately getting a deuce.
Washington countered with the next seven points, to lead 15-4. With 15.5 seconds left on the clock, Beaven got a deuce and one, and Corydon was down eight after the first eight minutes.
The Lady Panthers began the second with a 7-1 burst to close within two after Megan Greer buried a three-ball.
Washington, gaining some confidence, countered with a 7-2 burst to lead by seven once more.
Beaven took over at that point, scoring Corydon’s next eight points as Corydon pulled back within one.
The Lady Hatchets hacked at Corydon again to lead by five, but Beaven scored the last four of the half, leaving the Lady Panthers with a one-point deficit at halftime, 29-28. Beaven finished with 21 points in the half after the injury.
The first half may have belonged to Beaven, but it was Megan Greer who lit up the second half for the Lady Panthers. After Stannye Wolfe put Corydon in front, Greer drilled a three-ball.
Guy got two from the stripe for Washington, but Greer got a deuce and one, putting Corydon in front by five.
Not being swayed, Washington bounced back to put in the next six for a 37-36 lead. Megan Bates got a deuce, then Jessie Stansbury buried a three for a 41-37 Corydon lead.
Washington got one back, but Greer put up two from the stripe, ending the third quarter at 43-38, Corydon leading.
Washington got a three the old way from Katie Hunsinger to begin the final period. Wolfe was then hit quickly with her fourth and fifth fouls, the last one coming with 7:24 left.
Minutes later, Washington closed its deficit to one. The battle then went to the free throw line as Corydon hit 7 of 8 from the stripe for a 57-51 lead.
Hunsinger got another deuce and one for Washington shrinks the deficit to three points. Greer got two free throws, but Guy swished a three.
With 10.7 seconds to go, senior Julie Hoehn put the game out of reach with a pair from the stripe, giving Corydon a 61-57 lead. Beaven added two more, and Corydon won 63-57.
‘It’s a team game and it was a team effort,’ Uhl said after the game. ‘With Jessie (Stansbury) being hurt, all these other girls stepped up. Stannye fouling out because I’m an idiot and didn’t take her out of the game soon enough, the other girls stepped up when they needed to step up and do things correctly like we’re supposed to do. Then we hit our free throws down the stretch.’
Beaven led the winners with 29 points, hitting 9 of 10 free throws, and Greer followed with 20 points, 15 of those in the second half. Corydon shot 18 of 45 from the field (40 percent) and committed 17 turnovers, but hit 23 of 26 free throws.
‘She’s had a pretty good post season, but she’s had a good year all year round,’ Uhl said of Greer. ‘(Ashley Withers) defensive presence has really helped us. It’s a team game. Brooke South came in and did some great things for us. I know it’s not going to show up in the box score, but she did some really good things for us. Those are the keys to winning. The other kids are going to have to step up.’
Washington was led by Hunsinger, who scored 18 points. Guy finished with 11 for the Lady Hatchets, who shot 18 of 46 from the field (39 percent), made 19 turnovers and cashed in on 20 of 25 free throws.
‘They (Washington) played better defense in the second half,’ Uhl said. ‘(Beaven) had 21 of her 28 at half. I’m sure they had to concentrate on that. But we had other girls step up and score when they had to.’