Lady Panthers overpower Crawford, 68-30
The Corydon Lady Panthers got hot from just about everywhere on the floor and scored 28 points in the third quarter to pull away from the host Crawford County Ladypack last week, 68-30.
The win upped Corydon’s record to 10-2 while Crawford fell to 2-10.
‘This is really the first time we’ve played hard,’ Corydon coach Mike Uhl said. ‘We’ve been nagging at them lately about playing hard for 32 minutes, where we didn’t coast for about three minutes. I was impressed that we actually got after it pretty good for 32 minutes. I’m glad we did that.’
‘That’s a very, very, very good team,’ Crawford coach Hal Pearson said of No. 8-ranked Corydon. ‘The second half, we kind of lapsed back and had some troubles.’
‘That’s a team that’s deserving of the ranking they have in 3A,’ he said. ‘They’re not going to lose many games. Nobody in 3A has beaten them yet this year. They’ll probably win sectional and very easily could go through the regional. Memorial plays in their regional, and they’re the top team in the state. That might be the only thing that stops them, but they could probably beat Memorial.’
For at least a half, Crawford stayed competitive with the Lady Panthers. After Corydon got up early with an 10-0 run in the first three minutes, Roxanne Koopman put the Ladypack on the board at 4:55 with a short jumper.
However, Stannye Wolfe countered that with a deuce of her own. Crawford then turned the ball over twice before the Ladypack’s Kara Parr cut the deficit back to eight. With six seconds to go, Dana Beaven tried to get a shot off under the basket, only to see it blocked by Crawford’s Anna Bush. The block drawing a smile from Beaven as she came down the floor.
The second period saw Crawford close to within seven, as Koopman and Kelci Cox hit three free throws. Beaven negated one of those from the stripe and then Jessie Stansbury pushed the Corydon lead back to 23-9, swishing a pair of threes.
Beaven upped the lead to 16 with a deuce, but the Ladypack made a short 4-1 burst at the end of the half, leaving Corydon with a 26-13 advantage after two quarters.
‘I think Crawford played some pretty good defense,’ Uhl said. ‘They really bothered us hard a couple of times to where we didn’t get the looks we did want.’
Uhl said coming into the game, he encouraged his team to not take the Ladypack lightly and had prepped it on what to look for.
‘We needed to know where Koopman was,’ he said. ‘We wanted to take the other girls off the boards, (Melinda) Grote and the Parr girl, and the Bush girl, when she got in the game. We had to make sure we didn’t give them any second chances. We didn’t want to give Koopman any good looks and keep (Chelsey) Barron under control and not let her get down the lane on us like she did in the fourth quarter a couple of times.’
Pearson said that after falling behind early, the Ladypack played well in the first half.
‘The first half, after getting down 10-0, we dug back in and kept it at eight for quite a while at 18-10 and all through there, and it ended up 26-13 at half,’ he said. ‘Considering we were down 10-0 it was a pretty good job.’
Pearson said his team played much more aggressive in the first half than he had seen in previous games.
‘We talked about that at half,’ he said. ‘We got some loose balls and did some things we haven’t done in a while. Hustle-wise, those were small things. Now, we’ve got to continue to do it against teams where it will make a little more of a difference. There’s not a lot we could have done against Corydon tonight to make that a ball game. ‘
Corydon took over the game completely in the third period, going on a 21-0 run in the first five and a half minutes. Crawford finally scored with 3:14 left, getting an old-fashioned three. Corydon turned the ball over on its next possession and Parr scored on a short jumper.
Corydon then made another short burst, this one 7-1, finishing the period with a 54-19 lead. That was much too big of a hole for the Ladypack, who conceded in the end, 68-30.
‘We actually hit some shots there in the second half, and that made a big difference,’ Uhl said. ‘I think we got good shots in the first half. We just didn’t shoot very well, and I think (in) the second half we just shot the ball better more than anything else.’
‘The third quarter they just came out and pressured us,’ Pearson said. ‘Whoever went to double team, the off guard needed to step to the ball, then come back and help out. We didn’t get that done much. We were tired and ran away from the ball a little bit.
‘We came out and played well. We rebounded with them and did some things we needed to do. We did a really good job and progressed a little bit. A team that plays at that level for so long, it’s hard to compete. In the third quarter they just came out and overwhelmed us.’
Corydon put five players in double figures, with Beaven leading the way with 17 points. Megan Bates followed with 14 points, and Stansbury had 11. Wolfe and Megan Greer finished with 10 points each. Corydon hit just 6 of 13 free throws, but committed only six turnovers.
Despite saying this year’s team is one of his best, Uhl said there are still several things his girls can work on to make themselves better.
‘We’ve still go a lot of things we’ve got to get better at. Timing and defensively, we’ve got some adjustments we’ve got to learn we’ve got to make,’ he said. ‘We’ve got to stay healthy, knock on wood. So far, they’ve been willing to come in every day and work real hard in practice, and, hopefully, tomorrow’s not going to be any different.’
Pearson credited Corydon for making shots in the second half.
‘Their three’s started falling. Stansbury hit some three’s that killed us,’ he said. ‘At that point we were pulling back into the post and covering that and letting (them) shoot outside the first half. They missed a lot of them. The second half they didn’t miss much of anything.’
Barron scored 11 points to lead Crawford, who connected on 9 of 15 free throw attempts but committed 27 turnovers.
‘We’ve had a tough schedule and had some adversity. We’ve got kids hurt,’ Pearson said.
‘We’ve done a good job through halves against a lot of teams. Even at Southridge we did a good job the whole game. We’ve made some improvements. It’s just got to be a work in progress and continual. We can’t get complacent,’ Pearson said. ‘I told the kids we had Perry beat on Perry’s floor back in early December. We were up 44-41 and gave the game to them. Perry is 9-0 since then.’
Pearson said his team still has the potential to be a sleeper in the sectional.
‘We’re there in spots,’ he said. ‘The kids just need to realize that we can still be a decent team.’