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Corydon smothers NA, Charlestown

It took the entire first quarter for Corydon Central’s girls basketball team to shake off the rust Friday night in Charlestown.
Then it played like gold.
Using a balanced inside-outside attack, crisp ball movement and a stingy defense, the No. 6-ranked (Class 3A) Lady Panthers rallied from a 6-5 deficit in the first quarter to a 14-point victory over No. 12-ranked (Class 2A) and previously unbeaten Charlestown, 48-34.
The next night ‘ in its home opener ‘ Corydon used the same recipe to paste New Albany in a snoozer, 61-31.
In the season- and conference-opener on Friday, Lady Panther seniors Stannye Wolfe, Megan Bates and Megan Greer paced the winners with 18, 13 and 10 points, respectively. Corydon held the Lady Pirates to just three shots in the second quarter and a whopping 21 turnovers.
Charlestown (4-1, 0-1 Mid-Southern Conference) led 10-7 early in the second period when the visitors turned up the heat with a smothering press.
Wolfe sparked a 13-2 run to the half, where the Lady Panthers held a 20-12 lead.
Charlestown committed 11 turnovers in the second frame and got off just two shots thanks to Corydon’s press.
‘With Charlestown having played four games and this being our first, there was obviously a concern. Once we started moving the ball and not just lowing our heads and bulling our way into the lane, we were okay,’ Corydon coach Michael Uhl said.
Corydon’s onslaught continued in the third period, starting with a 10-2 run and ending with a Greer three just before the buzzer.
Charlestown’s 6-1 junior center, LaTonya Lloyd, had a personal 7-0 spurt to trim the deficit to 42-32 with 3:51 left in the contest. The score remained that way until Greer was fouled with 1:01 showing and she hit two free throws. Over the final minute, Corydon was 6-6 at the line to seal the deal, 48-34.
Bates, Wolfe and Jessie Stansbury all went 2-2 at the line; Corydon finished 10-11 as a team.
The Lady Panthers committed just 13 turnovers and won the rebound battle, 26-19. They were 16 of 38 from the floor and 6-17 on threes. Charlestown was 14 of 34 on field goals and hit just one of eight from beyond the arc.
‘They play hard,’ Uhl said of the Lady Pirates. ‘They only gave up 28 points a game coming into this, and their intensity level on the defensive end was incredible. I was pleased with the way we handled that. Our guards stepped up and hit their free throws at the end. First game, on the road against a semi-state caliber team ‘ I’m happy.’
Lloyd scored 19, including nine in the final eight minutes, to lead the Lady Pirates.
‘I knew Stannye would play her even because she’s as good anybody. I knew that her and Lloyd would cancel each other out, so it was our other four against their other four. Stannye played (Lloyd) even, and she didn’t get in foul trouble. That’s all you can ask for,’ Uhl said.
On Saturday, the butter was barely on the popcorn when Corydon rocketed to a 21-2 lead in the first quarter en route to a 30-point blowout against New Albany.
The Lady Bulldogs’ first two points came at the free throw line after Taylor Fountain dropped in a pair with 54 seconds left in the opening frame. Fountain also accounted for New Albany’s lone field goal ‘ a three-pointer at the 5:28 mark ‘ of the half.
‘We were hoping to,’ Uhl said when asked if he expected to jump out on the visitors like the Lady Panthers did. ‘We did not do that all season last year, but really want to be able to do that this season. Hopefully, that will continue.’
Corydon Central held a 34-10 lead at the half and never looked back.
Wolfe led the hosts in scoring with 15 points, followed by 13 from Greer and 10 by Bates. Stansbury ran the point and scored six while Brooke South, who got her first start of the young season, and Teresa Greer each chipped in with five points apiece.
Corydon was 22 of 49 from the floor, including 6-13 beyond the arc, and sank 11 of 15 free throws. The Lady Panthers out-rebounded New Albany, 36-31.
The Lady Bulldogs, who were forced into 20 turnovers, were led by Fountain’s 10 points.
New Albany was held to 9 of 45 shooting, a miserable 1-15 on threes and hit just 12 of 20 free throw attempts.
In the two-game stretch, Corydon’s opponents combined for a dismal 23-79 (29 percent) shooting while committing a staggering 41 turnovers.
The Lady Panthers host Bedford-North Lawrence Saturday at noon, then return to Mid-Southern Conference action next Thursday at Scottsburg. A huge non-conference tilt takes place next Saturday at Jeffersonville when Corydon takes on the No. 7-ranked (Class 4A) Lady Devils.
The games against Scottsburg and Jeffersonville begin at 6 p.m.

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