Corydon trips short-handed Lady Cats, 65-37
With do-it-all freshman point guard Laura Allen and sophomore forward Cortney Thieneman on the sidelines with knee injuries suffered in the past week, North Harrison’s girls basketball team had its back to the wall from the get-go last night in the annual county rivalry game against Corydon Central.
After the first quarter, the Lady Cats’ results didn’t get any better.
North, winner of four straight coming into the game, showed spunk early, however they couldn’t slow the Corydon Central Express and wound up suffering a 65-37 defeat.
The Lady Panthers, off to their best start in school history at 14-1 and now up to No. 3 in the Class 3A coaches’ poll, used a 15-4 run in the second quarter to post the third straight win over their rival.
Corydon also leads the all-time series, 39-24.
The hosts got 21 points from senior forward Stannye Wolfe. Wolfe, who was the only player on the court to reach double-figures in scoring, hit all five free throws she attempted.
‘She’s still adjusting to playing with her back to the basket and she’s doing a pretty good job,’ Corydon coach Michael Uhl said.
Fellow seniors Megan Bates, Brooke South and Megan Greer each notched eight points apiece and junior Jill Hoehn came through with five.
Greer and Hoehn hit threes to start the game, but North bounced right back on four points from Jessica Mosier and a bucket by Katie Voyles.
A five-point burst by Wolfe and an old-fashioned three-point play by Bethany Shewmaker helped give the Lady Panthers (14-1, 5-0 M.S.C.) a 14-8 lead at the first break.
In what proved to be the closest North (6-12, 3-3) would get the rest of the way, Ashley Eveslage kicked off the second quarter by converting three the old way to bring her team to within three, 14-11.
That’s when the Lady Panthers began their stranglehold on the game.
Sparked by a three by Greer and capped by a triple by Jessie Stansbury, Corydon outscored North 18-8 to the intermission and led, 32-19.
Grangier and Lambert powered a small rally, but a personal eight-point outburst by Wolfe pushed Corydon’s advantage to 46-30 by the end of the third period.
Leigha Bowyer’s bucket with :40 left in the third wound up being the only field goal the Lady Cats would net until Shroyer’s deuce with 3:10 left in the game.
By then, the visitors trailed 62-35 and the game well out of reach.
Corydon shot 25 of 57 from the field, 8-24 on threes and 7-9 at the foul stripe.
North Harrison wound up hitting 14 of 42 shots, 0-8 on threes and just nine of 16 charity tosses.
The Lady Cats held tough on the boards, however, being trimmed by just one, 35-34.
‘That’s something we can be happy with,’ North assistant coach Chris Martin said. ‘We’re not displeased with anything that we did tonight. We’ve got a good effort for the last five or six games and tonight at the start, our girls went at it pretty hard. We just couldn’t sustain it.’
Uhl said his club held the ball too long at times in the first half, but a couple of adjustments to North’s defense helped open things up in the final 16 minutes.
‘Jill is doing a super job for us, Bridgett is doing a super job, Brooke hit a couple of big shots,’ Uhl said. ‘We expected a triangle-and-two at some point and we did fine against it. We’ll be fine if someone else does that against us somewhere down the line.’
North Harrison’s girls basketball team continued its hot streak for 2006 by winning its third straight game of the new year last Wednesday in Ramsey.
A trio of freshmen ‘ Laura Allen, Kayla Lambert and Wynn Shroyer ‘ set the pace for the Lady Cats by scoring 15, 14 and 11, respectively.
On Saturday, the club parlayed the streak to four with a 63-53 victory at Clarksville, however the team lost Allen for the remainder of the season with a torn knee ligament.
In all, three players left the contest with injuries, with Allen’s torn anterior cruciate ligament being the worst of the bunch.
Lambert scored a career-high 16 in the win and Allen notched 15 before leaving the contest with the injury in the final quarter. Katie Voyles added seven and Sasha Grangier put in five, all from the free throw line.
With the clubs playing virtually even over the final three frames, the Lady Cats took control of the war in the opening stanza, leading 20-11 at the first break.
Clarksville was paced by the 14 points of Jackie Derick.
North Harrison converted on 20 of 41 shots from the floor, including three of eight beyond the arc, and sank 20 of 35 charity tosses.
The Lady Generals were trimmed on the glass, 34-31, hit just 17 of 44 (38 percent) from the field, 4-18 on threes and 15 of 34 at the line.
Turnovers in the game were nearly awash, with Clarksville committing 23 and North 22.
Last Wednesday, Allen’s aim from the free throw line rescued the club in a 56-53 M.S.C. victory.
After missing two early in the period, Allen hit the remaining six attempts from the stripe in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Austin went inside early and often en route to an8-5 lead, and near the end of the first held an 18-14 advantage. By halftime, the lead grew to 32-28 in favor of the Lady Eagles.
Buoyed by a 14-8 third quarter and a 12-0 run, North Harrison rallied to take the point heading into the final eight minutes.
‘Austin came out ready to play and hit everything they put up in that first quarter,’ North coach Hal Pearson said. ‘We thought our defense would give them problems and when we went to a triangle-and-two, they got frustrated and we converted.’