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Lady Panthers advance to sectional final, fall to PHS

Corydon Central’s volleyball team did everything it needed to in order to advance to the Class 3A sectional final at Scottsburg, but it had no answer for the buzzsaw known as Providence.
The Pioneers, ranked No. 4 in its class, ended two years worth of sectional shortfalls by bouncing Corydon from the tournament, 25-17, 25-12, 25-12.
Providence set the pace all evening long at Scottsburg’s McClain Hall.
Pioneer senior Laisha Smith notched four of the first nine points for the eventual champions in the first game. Corydon senior Stannye Wolfe had a couple of kills to trim the deficit to four, but the Lady Panthers could get no closer.
After falling behind early, Corydon tied the second game at 7-all. Providence silenced the comeback by rattling off six consecutive points and eventually cruising to the win.
Providence exploded to a 10-3 lead in the final set, getting four points from Smith and points from setter Hayley Koetter.
The Lady Panthers never recovered as Providence landed its 24th sectional championship.
Wolfe led Corydon with nine kills and 13 digs while fellow senior Kate Jones notched six kills and a dozen digs.
The Pioneers advanced to the final by dispatching two-time defending champ Silver Creek in three games, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17.
Providence (28-8) advances to Saturday’s Class 3A Jasper Regional, where it will meet Sullivan (18-14) in the first semifinal at noon (fast time). In the second match, No. 5-ranked Boonville (32-2) faces host Jasper (21-15).
The final is at 8 p.m. that evening.
Corydon’s trip to the sectional title game started on Saturday morning with a victory over Madison, which received the first-round bye.
The Lady Panthers throttled the Cubs in four, 25-17, 19-25, 25-10, 26-24
Game One saw Madison hold a slim, 7-6 lead before service reception became a bit of a problem: Corydon connected on five straight aces during a 19-3 explosion en route to the win.
The Lady Panthers trailed by five early in the second frame before clawing back and taking a late lead, and eventually the win.
Corydon Central (20-12) and head coach Kim Briscoe lose a talented group of seniors: 5-5 Kate Robson, 5-6 slugger Jones, 6-0 front-liner Wolfe, 5-6 Amanda Schmelz and 5-7 setter Cheyenne Wright.