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Red Devils rough up Corydon, 57-46

Red Devils rough up Corydon, 57-46
Red Devils rough up Corydon, 57-46
Corydon Central's shortest player, 5-2 Jessie Stansbury, looks to get a shot off against Jeffersonville's tallest player, 6-3 Sabrina Johnson in the second half. (Photo by Alan Stewart.)

While the week ended on a bit of a sour note, Corydon Central’s girls basketball team can take solace in making sure it won the sweeter of two recent matchups.
The Lady Panthers, ranked 5th in the latest Class 3A coaches poll, rallied past Scottsburg on Thursday night for a key Mid-Southern Conference victory. On Saturday, Corydon played solid on the defensive side of the ball, but couldn’t generate the offense needed to topple No. 5-ranked (Class 4A) Jeffersonville.
Corydon Central (5-1, 2-0 M.S.C.) used a 22-2 explosion in the third quarter to topple the Warriorettes, who hadn’t lost to the Lady Panthers at home since the 1979-80 season.
Head coach Michael Uhl, who had never won at Charles E. Meyer Gym, said a road victory in the conference, ‘is a win,’ but downplayed any personal pursuit of a victory in The Pressure Cooker in this, his last go-round: ‘My final season has nothing to do with this season. It is about the young ladies who put on the uniform and represent our community.’
In Thursday’s battle, Whitney Bridgewater drilled a three with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period to put the hosts on top, 24-17.
Scottsburg (5-1, 2-1) scored just once over the remainder of the quarter as the Lady Panthers caught fire and captured the lead, 37-26, heading to the final stanza.
The Warriorettes never recovered from the haymaker, which was sparked by 19 second-half points from senior guard Megan Bates. Stannye Wolfe, a senior forward, battled through foul trouble yet still netted 20 points and 12 rebounds for Corydon (4-1, 2-0).
‘We decided to play in the second half,’ Uhl said. ‘That led to our defense picking up.
‘Foul trouble really bothered us and it should not. We got into trouble against Bedford and for the most part kept playing. We did not do that against Scottsburg. For some reason we stopped attacking the basket and played real timid.’
Jeffersonville came into the Corydon tilt as the state’s second-best offense, averaging 88.3 points a game. The Devils were doused a bit by the visiting team’s defense, however still came away with a decisive 57-46 victory.
The Lady Panthers led 20-13 with four minutes left in the first half, but saw the lead quickly vanish. Jeffersonville scored eight unanswered points just before the intermission to take a 21-20 lead. The hosts extended the advantage by five in the third, then Corydon hit just two shots in the final eight minutes of the setback.
Jeff’s 6-3 junior forward, Sabrina Johnson, led all scorers with 23 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter.
‘The game was the last minute and a half of the first half when we gave up four offensive boards for put-backs. We had nobody over there. No one to be found on the weak side,’ Uhl said. ‘That really turned the tide of the game. That got them back in the game and got them in the flow and we didn’t get it turned around.’
Jeffersonville (6-0) held a 6-2 lead to start the affair, then Brooke South scored inside, Bates connected on a three and Alyssa Orsborn hit for a deuce to put the visitors on top, 9-6. Jeff’s Ashley Pait scored two of her 15 points from the foul stripe to end the first-period scoring, 9-8.
Megan Greer and Jessie Stansbury paired up to put Corydon back on top with seven quick points in the second, but over the final 5:42, Jeffersonville would manufacture an 11-4 run.
Corydon kept the game close in the second half, but couldn’t overcome Jeffersonville’s earlier flurry.
Greer scored 16 points, Wolfe put in 10 and Bates and Stansbury each posted eight apiece.
‘There were just a couple of possessions where if we just turn it the other way it might have been different,’ Uhl said. ‘There were a lot of possessions that were like that.’
Corydon was 13 of 48 from the field, was 5-27 on threes and hit 15 of 19 shots from the charity stripe. While the visitors lost the rebounding battle, 36-27, it was never overly fazed by Jeffersonville’s pressure and committed just 14 turnovers.
The Devils hit 11 of 18 shots in the second half to finish with a solid mark of 19 of 37. Jeff, which committed 25 miscues, was 19 of 28 from the line and failed to hit any of its three attempts from downtown.
The loss snapped a 13-game (regular-season) win streak, but Corydon will look to get back on track tonight (Wednesday) at Austin in a Mid-Southern Conference war. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Lady Panthers host Silver Creek in another league battle, then next Tuesday the club travels to Elizabeth to face the No. 9-ranked (Class 1A) Lady Rebels of South Central.

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