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Lady Panther senior Dana Beaven put the icing on the cake ‘ or in this case a giant cookie ‘ for her home career in her team’s 41-point blowout of Mid-Southern Conference foe Salem last night here.
Beaven, who is the team’s only senior, was honored yesterday evening for ‘Senior Night.’
She scored a game-high 20 points, went 7-14 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, had three steals, two assists and a block.
Before the game, she received all sorts of trinkets from her coaches and teammates and afterwards, she sliced the first piece of a well-deserved celebratory cookie.
Beaven is second on the all-time Lady Panthers scoring list and is a candidate for the Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Star Team.
‘She’s always been a great scorer and before the game they read all of her accolades. As great as those things are and as good of a ball player as she is, she’s twice the person,’ Corydon head coach Michael Uhl said. ‘Her parents and grandparents and everyone who has had a hand in raising her have done a fantastic job.’
Corydon’s first two baskets of last night’s came on assists from Beaven, with junior guard Megan Bates hitting a three and fellow junior Stannye Wolfe hitting for a goal inside.
After a three-point play by Greer, Salem’s Stacy Crigler hit from downtown to trim Corydon’s lead to 8-5.
Over the next 11 minutes, and stretching into the second period, the visiting Lady Lions would score just one field goal.
Along the way, Corydon executed its offense to near perfection.
Nearly every score in the second frame came on an assist, and at one point the hosts scored 14 unanswered points.
‘At times in the first quarter and then in the second quarter, we really moved the ball well and got real good looks,’ Uhl said.
By the time Kayla Craven hit her only basket of the game for Salem, Corydon went from leading by three to being up by 22, 33-11.
Beaven closed out the second frame by scoring all nine of her team’s points and pushing the lead to 39-11.
The second quarter saw No. 7-ranked (Class 3A) Corydon hit nine of 14 shots and force nine turnovers by the Lady Lions.
For the half, the Lady Panthers shot 15 of 28 (54 percent).
Corydon’s senior traded baskets with Salem freshman Shaylee Brown to start the third period, with Bates and Cheyenne Wright tacking on a couple of points each to build the Lady Panther lead to 52-18 heading into the final stanza.
The rest was academic as Corydon rolled to the easy win.
‘We wanted to exploit their youth. We want to exploit every team’s weakness, but tonight we wanted to pressure them and not give them a chance to get into the game,’ Uhl said. ‘Two years ago we didn’t do a good job of that and they were in the game a lot longer than they needed to be. We still won that one, but tonight we didn’t want to take any chances.’
After Beaven’s 20 points, Greer poured in 12, Wright had 10, Bates scored nine and Stannye Wolfe put in six.
Brown paced Salem with eight points.
Corydon (16-2, 7-0 M.S.C.) went 27 of 53 from the floor and out-rebounded the Lady Lions, 33-22. The visitors (7-11, 3-5) hit just eight field goals in 29 tries and had 19 turnovers.
Corydon’s game this Saturday at Brownstown Central has been pushed back to a noon start.
The Lady Panthers will then close out the regular season at Clarksville on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in their final conference scrum.
— Floyd Central was unable to sustain a respectable first-half effort on Saturday against Corydon as the visiting Lady Panthers scored a 16-point victory over the Hoosier Hills Conference squad.
The Lady Highlanders actually led Corydon on four occasions in the first half, but a late spurt by the visitors gave the team a 35-30 lead at the intermission.
Holding Floyd to just one field goal in 12 attempts, Corydon was able to push the lead to 48-35 heading to the fourth quarter.
An 11-minute scoreless streak by the Lady Highlanders was enough to put the game away for good.
Corydon’s Beaven matched her season-high with 30 points and seven rebounds on the afternoon.
Bates bombed three triples and scored 15, Greer scored eight points and Stansbury tossed in six.
Julianne Bezy scored 21 points and hit five threes and teammate Rachel Martinson added 10.
The Lady Panthers hit 25 of 43 shots from the floor, including 7-14 from three-point land.
Floyd Central was held to 13 of 37 shooting.
Rebounds were even at 24 apiece.