Corydon takes ‘Buss’ route, 64-54
In the history of the intra-county and school-system rivalry between Corydon Central and South Central ‘ which dates back to the 1975-76 season ‘ only twice have the Lady Rebels come away with a victory.
Nothing changed last night as the two clubs squared off here in a matchup that could be best described in one word: ugly.
The contest was marred by a myriad of jump-ball possessions (totaling 19 in all) and missed shots (the two teams combined to shoot 44-119).
South Central’s hopes of ending its 23-year skid were shattered with a lethargic third-quarter effort, and a standout game by Corydon sophomore Meghan Bussabarger.
In the low post, the No. 6-ranked (Class 1A) Lady Rebels had no answer for Bussabarger, who is her team’s tallest player at 5-10. She chalked up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s 64-54 victory.
For the winners, Bridgett Decker scored 13 points, hitting three threes, C.J. Reed added 10 points, Teresa Greer notched nine points, and Jolanna Stiles chipped in six points with nine rebounds.
The Lady Rebels, who fell to 8-3 on the year, yet still haven’t lost to a Class 1A team in the regular season since 2004, squandered several scoring opportunites in the game.
South led at the first stop, 14-12, then trailed 25-22 at halftime after Decker buried back-to-back threes.
Corydon (4-5) led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter ‘ where it outscored the visitors 20-8 ‘ then pushed the advantage to 18 with 3:19 left in the ball game.
The Lady Rebels made one last run and got to within seven with 31 ticks left, but could get no closer the rest of the way.
‘In the first half, I thought we played well and did what we needed to do, but in the second half we just quit playing defense,’ South coach Randall Schoen said. ‘In the past and at some points this year, we’ve relied on a potent defense to lead to our offense and for some reason tonight we didn’t want to play any defense. That’s not going to work for us. We’re not that good of a pressing team right now and when we do press and get a trap, we’re not holding on those traps.’
South senior Karen Deaton, who tore her ACL earlier this season, checked in at the first-quarter break, but only lasted three minutes before tweaking the knee and being forced to the sidelines.
After that, junior Candice Cartwright knocked down an old-fashioned three, which was followed by a steal and lay-in by classmate Brittany Schoen to give South its largest lead of the game at 22-17.
But the Lady Rebels wouldn’t score again the rest of the half as Bussabarger scored inside and Decker sank her threes.
Corydon blew the game open in the third period, going on a 10-5 run in the first 4:30, with South’s only field goals being courtesy of senior Kaela Orwick.
Over the final 1:32 of the third, Corydon rattled off another 10-1 run to hold a 45-30 advantage.
Schoen, Cartwright, Orwick, Sarah Yelch and Kayla Hurley battled in the final stanza, but their efforts were in vain as time slowly expired.
‘Corydon is a lot better than their record shows. They play with a lot of heart. In each of our three losses, I don’t think we’ve played with enough heart. As much as anything, I’m disappointed tonight because I felt like we were as good or better than Corydon,’ Coach Schoen said. ‘Any other year this game isn’t that big of a deal because Corydon is usually a lot better than us. Tonight, their heart was better than ours.’
Schoen led her team with 17 points, followed by Cartwright’s 15, Yelch’s nine and Orwick’s eight.
Corydon was 22 of 61 from the field, 8-23 on threes, 12-19 at the line and grabbed 44 rebounds.
South Central went 22 of 58 from the floor, was just 4-21 on threes, hit 6-13 at the foul stripe and hauled in 44 boards. The Lady Rebels committed 22 turnovers, while forcing 14 Corydon miscues.
South opens the Borden Tournament Thursday night at 6 against rival Lanesville. That matchup is followed by a scrum between Borden and Henryville.
Action continues Saturday with Thursday’s losers playing at 11 a.m., and the winners facing each other at 12:30.
From there, South won’t return to the hardwood until Jan. 2, when it hosts Lanesville.
Corydon Central will take a 16-day break, not seeing court time until its own Dec. 29 Holiday Tourney, where it will face East Central at 10 a.m. (Indian Creek plays Jennings County in the other game).
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