Corydon girls club C-town, nipped by NA
Corydon Central, ranked 7th in Class 3A, held visiting Charlestown to just three field goals in the final 5:52 of Friday night’s Mid-Southern Conference opener for both teams.
The defensive stretch turned an eight-point game into a snoozer as the Lady Panthers held off the 5th-ranked (Class 2A) Lady Pirates, 46-33.
An astonishing 41 combined turnovers and uncharacteristic poor shooting by both squads marred the contest: Corydon hit just 14 of 40 (35 percent) and Charlestown sank 14 of 41 (34 percent) from the field.
Corydon (2-0, 1-0) won the game from both lines, hitting 12 of 19 from the charity stripe and 6-19 from three-point range.
Comparatively, the Lady Pirates (5-1, 0-1) knocked down just two treys and got to the line only nine times, hitting three.
‘We had to try and turn it into a ugly game and make it a possession game and try to win it in the end with good, smart, intelligent play,’ Corydon coach Michael Uhl said. ‘We did some real solid things and worked our butts off on the defensive end.’
Junior guard Megan Greer led the way for Corydon with 12 points. Senior Dana Beaven, who graces the cover of the recently-released Indiana Basketball Guide, added nine points and 12 boards. Junior Stannye Wolfe chipped in eight points off the bench and Megan Bates, another junior, added seven. Juniors Brooke South and Cheyenne Wright each tacked on five apiece.
Uhl praised the scrappy, defensive play of South, Wright and sophomore Bethany Shewmaker.
‘They did a lot of the little things that needed to be done,’ the Lady Panthers’ coach said.
Beaven opened the game with a pair of buckets inside, and South sank a free throw in the opening minutes of the game.
Charlestown’s first points came midway through the period as the team’s sophomore transfer from Jeffersonville, LaTonya Lloyd, banked one home.
An old-fashioned three by Michelle Grayson and a deuce by Corydon’s Wright closed out a low-scoring first period with the hosts on top, 10-5.
Greer hit one of her three triples in the game to lead off the second quarter, and Wolfe scored back-to-back baskets to bring on a timeout from Charlestown coach Tony Hall.
Corydon’s 17-5 lead at that point held up until a late 7-0 spurt by the Lady Pirates brought the visitors to within five, 19-14.
South buried a three just before the halftime buzzer for a 22-14 advantage for Corydon.
The third period was an inside-outside affair, with all of the Lady Panthers’ points coming from beyond the three-point arc and all of Charlestown’s points coming in the paint.
Greer had two threes and Cheyenne Wright hit one from the corner for the hosts, with Lloyd scoring three deuces for her club to set the score at 31-20 heading into the final eight minutes.
Grayson opened the fourth quarter with a jumper and Lloyd hit a free throw to trim the deficit to eight, 31-23.
That’s as close as the Lady Pirates would get.
‘(Charlestown’s) a very good basketball team,’ Uhl said. ‘I called the head rater in 2A to get a tape from him, and he’s begging all the coaches in the north to vote them higher because he thinks they are higher than that. We had to play a real solid game to pull that one out.
‘Our offense was a mess because after the Perry Central game we spent all week on defense and doing the fundamental things on defense. Next week, we’ll get a chance to focus on our offense more.’
In a matchup between two of the higher ranked teams in Southern Indiana, host New Albany held off Corydon on Saturday, 43-41.
Things won’t get any easier for the Lady Panthers, who will travel to Bedford-North Lawrence on Saturday afternoon in a primer for Tuesday night’s highly-anticipated matchup against Mid-Southern Conference-thorn Scottsburg.
The Lady Panthers, who suffered their first loss of the season, had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but a three-point try by junior guard Megan Bates was off the mark.
‘If you told me going in that we would have that shot to win, I would take it every time,’ Uhl said. ‘We played well on one end of the floor, but have to get better on the other.’
The Lady Bulldogs, ranked 9th in the latest Class 4A poll, trailed at the end of the first quarter, 12-11, but outscored the visitors in the second set, 16-7, to hold a 27-19 lead.
Thanks to a 15-4 run that stretched from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, Corydon trimmed two points off the deficit in the third period and held a four-point lead midway through the final frame.
A Whitney Todd basket gave New Albany (2-0) a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in the fourth period.
With the loss, Corydon dropped from 7th to 8th in the latest 3A coaches’ poll.
Leading the way for the Lady Panthers was Beaven, who scored 12 points and had six rebounds. Stannye Wolfe had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Bates and Greer each put up eight points and Jessie Stansbury scored three in her first game this season.
‘It’s nice to have Jessie and Stannye back. They have both worked real hard the past couple years, and it is a shame they had to miss time because of injury or illness,’ Uhl said.
New Albany’s Trish Bennett paced her team with 12 points. Todd scored nine and all-star candidate Stephanie Lynch had seven points.
Playing in her first game against her former club, Mindy Savely scored seven points with a couple of assists for the Lady Bulldogs.