Corydon deals Floyd a 73-46 loss
The Corydon Lady Panthers, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, gave visiting Floyd Central one of its toughest losses of the season Saturday afternoon as the Lady Highlanders struggled through several turnovers and errors, allowing Corydon to roll to a 73-46 win.
‘This is the most disappointed I’ve been in a long time, with how we played,’ Floyd Central coach Joe Voelker said. ‘I think we came in and didn’t really believe we could win. I think it was lack of focus. We’ve just got to do better.’
Floyd Central’s problems started early as the Lady Highlanders turned the ball over seven times in the first period. Floyd made just three field goals in the eight minutes, one from Angela Zipp that gave Floyd the opening lead and two from Carley Roth.
Corydon, meanwhile, connected from downtown with four three-pointers, as Megan Bates and Brooke South swished two each. Bates got an old-fashioned three later in the quarter as Corydon took a 21-6 lead.
‘I thought we were a little tired coming in,’ Voelker said. ‘I knew we were tired yesterday and we were a little whipped Thursday. We practiced very hard and very well on Wednesday and just didn’t bounce back.’
Both teams faltered early in the second, then Abigail Hoskins got a deuce-and-one for the Lady Highlanders. Zipp popped in one of two free throws and then Emily Batliner scored inside to complete a 7-0 run, cutting the Corydon lead to 21-12.
Corydon’s bench then became a factor as Bridgette Decker buried a pair of three-balls. Those six points, coupled with four free throws from Bates and Meghan Bussabarger, allowed Corydon to score eight straight points.
Batliner hit for three and Megan Geltmaker got two from the stripe for Floyd, but Corydon finished the half with four free throws to take a 36-17 lead to the locker room.
Corydon scored 25 points off of 15 Floyd turnovers in the first 16 minutes.
‘They were huge,’ Voelker said of the mistakes. ‘They outfundamentaled us from the beginning of the game. We did not handle ourselves very well. We didn’t square the basketball through. We stood with the ball above our heads. We did things good basketball teams shouldn’t do.
‘I think we played intimidated, and it’s disappointing because it should not be this way.’
Corydon coach Mike Uhl said he was disappointed in the way his team handled Floyd’s full court pressure in the half.
‘We’ve got to work on handling pressure,’ he said. ‘We didn’t handle it very well in the first half. We made some adjustments at halftime, but we’ve got to work where we can handle that right off the bat instead of waiting until half to do that. That’s what Monday’s for.’
Corydon continued to dominate in the second half.
The Lady Highlanders made an offensive run to start the fourth quarter, an 8-2 burst as Batliner and Ally Bezy connected on back-to-back three’s. However, time and the deep hole was against Floyd, however, Corydon going on for the 27-point win.
‘Tip your hat to (Corydon),’ Voelker said. ‘They played very well. They played harder than we did. I knew they were going to have to miss some three’s. They’re very good shooters, and they hit them. I knew that wasn’t going to keep us in it.’
Batliner came into the game averaging 20 points, but Corydon allowed the junior just 10 points. The Lady Highlanders connected on 11 of 19 free throws but made 25 turnovers.
‘She’s probably the best individual player we faced to date,’ Uhl said of Batliner. ‘We held her to 10, and we’ve usually got to tell our players, ‘Hey, number 30 can shoot.’ We’ve usually got to mention it six or seven times.
‘Tonight, we did a good job on her. She got a couple of high screens at the top of the key and drained a couple of threes, but for the most part, we did a super job on her.’
Bates used five threes to lead the Lady Panthers with 21 points, and Decker came off the bench to make three three-pointers and score 11 points. Wolfe added 10 points for Corydon, who was 15 of 24 from the stripe and made 15 turnovers. The Lady Panther bench added 23 points.
Voelker credited the Corydon defense.
‘They did a nice job on us,’ said the Floyd coach. ‘We didn’t do a very good job of getting the ball to places either, of moving the basketball. We settled for jump shots instead of going to the rim. That’s something we can do a better job with. Those are things we have to hit on in practice.’