Cats claw capricious Corydon
Scoring his first regular-season victory over his mother, North Harrison coach Wes Briscoe was all smiles after last night’s Mid-Southern Conference battle here.
Briscoe, who is the son of Corydon Central head coach Kim Briscoe, said as memorable as the night was on a personal level, he was more pleased that the Lady Cats were listed as winners on the final score sheet, 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 25-16.
‘The seniors have wanted this one because they’d never beat Corydon. It’s nice for me to beat my mom, but it’s even nicer for North Harrison to beat Corydon,’ Wes Briscoe said. ‘We played a five-game match last night against Scottsburg and didn’t get back to school until almost 11:30, so I was kind of worried about how we’d come out to play.’
The opening tussle set the stage for North’s victory, with solid play by both teams keeping the game close.
Corydon rolled out to an 11-5 lead, but North was able to chip away at the advantage until it finally tied the set at 21-all on a kill by Liz Casabella.
The Lady Panthers inched ahead, but back to back errors put North on top, with a kill to the back-left corner by Casabella giving the visitors a 25-24 lead. From there, Wynn Shroyer blasted a shot to end the game, 26-24.
The two adversaries were neck and neck through most of game two, but what proved to be the Lady Panthers’ downfall on the night ‘ simple, mental errors ‘ took their toll on the hosts midway through the battle.
Corydon trailed 14-13 when the wheels fell off, with the club committing two service errors to go along with seven hitting errors.
The Lady Panthers went from being down just one, to being behind by five in a matter of a few swings.
After a kill by Corydon’s Courtney Cato slowed the bleeding, North’s Shroyer threw the final dagger with a kill, followed by two aces to end the game.
The Lady Cats jumped out to a 5-1 lead behind the service of Rachel Adams and Kimberly Doty, but Corydon was able to claw its way back into it.
Kills by Meghan Bussabarger and Bethany Shewmaker were enough to spark the club on a late rally, capped by Cato’s ace to end the set, 25-22, in favor of the hosts.
Corydon Central was unable to maintain its momentum, however, and never seriously challenged in the fourth game, a 25-16 victory by North Harrison.
‘If you look at the kills total, they had 33 and we had 29,’ Kim Briscoe said. ‘That’s just four kills difference. Then you look at errors and we had 63 to their 29. Hello! That’s the ball game.
‘We didn’t have a good practice yesterday on their part, and after tonight you can bet we’re going to have practices from Hades for the next three days. My job is to make sure we play to our potential and right now we are not doing that.’
Corydon’s coach said she was proud of where North Harrison’s program is heading under the direction of a family member.
‘I don’t know if the people up there realize how much volleyball he has taught since being at North Harrison. I think (Wes) is doing a great job up there and I’m extremely proud of him. And I should say that because he’s my son.’
North’s Briscoe praised the play of all of his players who saw court time.
‘Wynn didn’t get as many swings as we would have liked, but that’s because Corydon was probably looking to shut her down. Liz, from the outside, wow. She’s leading the team in kills right now, which is probably a result of teams focusing on Shroyer. Angela (Casabella), every game she gets better and better. Doty is running a good offense and then you have (Samantha) Hoehn and (Rachel) Adams giving good passes. Defensively, Micaela Napper is doing a good job. It’s just a total team effort and that’s what we needed to bring Corydon’s winning streak against us to an end.
‘When we were getting off the bus up here, the girls were saying this was the year they were going to end the losing streak and beat Corydon, and they did it.
‘I’m extremely proud of them and hope we can continue what we’re doing as we get closer to sectional.’
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