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CC handcuffs Salem in second half, 63-33

CC handcuffs Salem in second half, 63-33
CC handcuffs Salem in second half, 63-33
Salem's Stacy Crigler (20) attempts a block against junior forward Stannye Wolfe (24) of Corydon Central in the second half of last night's opening game of the Class 3A Silver Creek Sectional. Wolfe put in 11 points in her team's 30-point victory. (Photos by Alan Stewart)

Last night’s opening games of the Class 3A Silver Creek Sectional were intriguing, but in entirely different ways.
The opening bout pitting Class 3A’s 7th-ranked squad from Corydon Central against Salem was expected by many savants to be a repeat of Corydon’s 41-point blowout two weeks ago.
It was evident early on that wasn’t going to be the case.
The Lady Lions showed plenty of spunk in the first half, and only trailed Corydon by two at the intermission, 25-23. That was due in large part to the 17 points and five triples thrown in by Salem freshman phenom Shaylee Brown.
The chutzpah was short-lived, however, as the Lady Panthers used a 24-1 run to start the third period to pull away to the easy victory, 63-33.
In the second game, North Harrison struggled early and trailed by as many as 16 points against the home-standing quintet from Silver Creek.
A 12-2 spurt that spanned the third and fourth quarters brought the Lady Cats back into it, but the ninth life fell short in the end, 45-41.
Corydon Central advances to Friday night’s semifinal against Silver Creek at 6 p.m., which will be followed by a scrum between the two teams that drew the bye ‘ Scottsburg and Madison ‘ at approximately 7:40.
C.C. 63, Salem 33
Just a few days after running a perfect mark of 9-0 to clinch an undefeated league title in the Mid-Southern Conference, Corydon Central set its eyes on another jewel for what’s already a loaded crown: a second-straight Class 3A sectional title…and hopefully more.
Four players reached double-figures in scoring for the Lady Panthers, who dominated the second half of last night’s quarterfinal en route to a 30-point win over Salem, 63-33.
Megan Greer dropped in four three-pointers and scored 16 points, Dana Beaven and Megan Bates each hit for 12 points and Stannye Wolfe put in 11 in the 10th win in a row for Corydon.
While the final outcome looked overly lopsided, Salem actually put up quite a fight in the first half.
Corydon’s defenders continually lost freshman Shaylee Brown, and the sharpshooter made them pay with five threes and 17 first-half points.
Much like the game, the second half was a different story: Brown was held to just four points.
‘We really didn’t make any adjustments. We just talked about things that we should have been doing and have been practicing since day one,’ Corydon coach Michael Uhl said. ‘(Brown) hit two or three shots where we weren’t even close to defending her.’
Two buckets by Beaven kicked off the game, and then Salem surged ahead on a pair of threes by Brown and a bucket inside by Tristin Allen to lead, 8-4.
A three ball by Brooke South would spark Corydon (19-2) to an 8-0 run to the first stop.
The second period would see the game tied at 12 and Salem (7-14) go on top, 23-22, with a minute left after a basket by Allen.
South connected for her second three, and her final points of the game, with 35 seconds left to give her club a 25-23 lead at the break.
One of Corydon’s best offensive outputs of the season came in a four-minute stretch of the third period, and wound up being the knockout blow the club needed.
Greer opened the stanza with a three, which was followed by a free throw from Brown.
It proved to be the only point Salem would score for the next five minutes.
Greer hit another three, Wolfe scored inside, Bates hit back-to-back triples, Beaven hit a two-pointer, Greer hit a basket and two free throws and Wolfe hit a jumper and a bucket inside.
Salem never recovered from the flurry, and got no closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
Uhl attributed the explosion of points to running the offense through Wolfe in the high post, and the insertion of normal starting point guard Jessie Stansbury, who didn’t get the opening nod due to a lingering arm injury.
‘When you have shooters like the Megans, having someone else take care of the ball so they don’t have to is a big plus,’ Corydon’s coach said. ‘When (Jessie’s) in the game, they can shoot first and ask questions later instead of having to worry about having to pass and those types of things.’
Corydon shot 25 of 61 for the game, including 10 of 31 from beyond the arc. The club got to the line just five times, hitting three.
Turnovers were lopsided as well, with the Lady Panthers coughing the ball up only four times while forcing 22 miscues.
Rebounds were nearly even, with Corydon grabbing 30 boards and Salem pulling in 29.
The Lady Lions were held to 10 of 30 shooting, including a woeful 3 of 13 in the second half. Salem hit 6 of 16 three-point tries and sank 7 of 14 foul shots.
Brown led the way for Salem with 21 of her club’s 33 points. Allen scored six and Sean Romero had five.
S.C. 45, N.H. 41
In a matchup of two teams going opposite directions heading into the post-season, Silver Creek withstood a furious rally by North Harrison to win by five, 45-41.
The Lady Dragons (11-10) had lost three straight games heading into sectional play while North (7-15) had won back-to-back outings for only the second time this season.
The flip-flop continued in the first period, where Silver Creek danced out to a 12-2 lead.
North’s only bucket came at the 4:02 mark on a deuce by Leigha Bowyer.
On the other end of the court, Stephanie Steele, a 5-11 junior forward, was doing most of the damage for the Lady Dragons as she put in six of her team’s 12 points.
‘I think we got a little rattled after we didn’t hit anything early,’ North Harrison coach Missy Voyles said.
The Lady Cats got on track a bit in the second frame, and trimmed the deficit to seven on three separate occasions: 12-5, 17-10 and 22-15.
In all three instances, the scores came after points by Morgan Carr, who wound up leading North with 14 points.
A three-ball by Creek’s Danielle Fortner gave her club a 24-15 lead at halftime.
Steele, Katie Voyles and Allison Jackson helped extend the lead to 32-19.
After a basket by North’s Rachel Cannon, who ended the night with 10 points, Steele hit for a deuce and Kaci Holland connected from downtown.
The trey gave Silver Creek it’s biggest lead of the game, 37-21, with 2:49 left in the third period.
With eight of their nine lives all but spent, the Lady Cats turned up the heat defensively.
It started with a deflection by freshman Cortney Thieneman that turned into a basket by junior teammate Amanda Hardin.
Carr hit consecutive baskets and Thieneman banked one home to rally to 37-29 at the final break.
North’s run continued into the fourth period as Carr, Cannon and Thieneman brought their club to within four, 41-37, with 4:21 showing.
Jackson hit one of two free throws, with Thieneman hitting a field goal at the other end to make it a three-point game with 4:09 remaining.
The freshman’s basket gave her nine points on the night and wound up being North’s final field goal of the game, and the season.
Jessica Stemle scored her only points of the night for Silver Creek, and then Cannon sank two freebies to keep North in it at the 3:24 mark, 44-41.
Despite several opportunities, the Lady Cats never scored again.
‘We played hard. I didn’t think we played poorly. We just couldn’t buy one there for a while,’ Voyles said.
The Lady Cats went14 of 43 from the floor and hit 12 of 17 free throws. The team was ice cold from three-point land, however, hitting only one of 15 attempts.
North won the battle on the glass, 31-27.
Silver Creek, which got 12 points from Jackson, put in 17 of 42 shots.
North’s coach praised the play of Thieneman, who she said was the lift her team needed.
‘We switched to a half-court trap and Cortney got a steal and that seemed to fire everyone up. She’s got a lot of things working in her favor. She just needs to put in the time this summer and continue to do the things we ask of her,’ the Lady Cats’ mentor said.
North Harrison loses eight talent seniors ‘ Cannon, Carr, Milburn, Charissa Brooks, Tara Miller, Vanessa Barr, Erin Lowhorn and Stefany Jaso ‘ who went 69-24, including a perfect 20-0 regular season in 2003, won two sectionals and a regional over their high school careers.
Prior to this season, they had only lost nine games.
‘This is a great group of dedicated kids. They do what I ask them to do and they’ve had a lot of success,’ Voyles said.
The loss of Miller to torn knee ligaments in the second game of the season shook the team and its players to the core.
‘They’ve had to deal with some adversity. I think they learned a lot about life this season because they had to step out of their comfort zone and do things they didn’t normally do and do things they didn’t think they could do.’
— In other action around the state, in Class 4A at Bedford, Jeffersonville beat New Albany, 55-41. Seymour defeated Floyd Central, 68-39.
Also in 4A, two Top 10 teams took a tumble: No. 1 Hamilton Southeastern lost to North Central (Indianapolis), 62-52, and No. 7 Bloomington North fell to Columbus East, 52-49.
The No. 5 team in Class 3A, Pendleton Heights, was clipped by Mount Vernon (Fortville), 41-32.
In Class 2A at Forest Park, Forest Park knocked off South Spencer, 42-33.
Restoration Christian whipped Christian Academy at the Class 1A Borden Sectional, 74-32. ‘