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The bank’s open as CC hits jackpot in OT

While there are no financial institutions open for business in Ramsey at 8:57 p.m. on a Tuesday night, Corydon Central junior guard Bridgett Decker found a way to cash in big, courtesy of a bank.
With time running out and her team trailing by three points in last night’s county, conference and sectional rivalry game against host North Harrison, Decker launched an off-balance three-pointer from the right wing.
Decker’s shot sailed over the out-stretched hand of Lady Cat sophomore Laura Allen and tickled the twine with three seconds left in regulation, tying the tussle at 40-apiece.
The trey was all the Lady Panthers needed to buy some extra time against North, which led for almost the entire game. Corydon Central hit its first three shots in the overtime period, then held on for a 50-48 victory last night.
North Harrison had a couple of scoring opportunities in the waning seconds of the extra stanza, however it couldn’t close the deal as Corydon won its fifth consecutive matchup against the Lady Cats.
North saw a three-game win streak snapped with the heart-breaking loss.
Afterwards, Lady Panther head coach Larry Ragland was wearing a smile that only a plastic surgeon could remove.
‘The ball doesn’t usually roll my way in a game like this. I don’t really know what to say,’ a speechless Ragland said. ‘I know all about the rivalry and how big it is. It was big under Mike (Uhl) and Tom Preston and it was big at the junior high level and I just know how good of a team that North Harrison is. This is a tough place to play and the balls just don’t usually roll that way in a game like this.’
Corydon Central (9-7, 4-2 Mid-Southern Conference) trailed for most of the game, and was down seven points with 2:16 remaining, 39-32.
C.J. Reed, a junior forward for the Lady Panthers who had earlier scored on the wrong goal, made amends for her ball club by knocking down one of the biggest threes of her career with 2:01 showing.
Earlier, after scoring on the wrong basket, Reed came back at the other end and hit a three-point goal.
‘No one felt worse than C.J.,’ Ragland said. ‘We called her number right after she scored for them and she rolled off a high pick and knocked a three down. That showed a lot of character on her part.’
From Reed’s final three of the night, Decker had a steal and lay-in, which was followed by one free throw from Lady Cat Sasha Grangier.
Forty-four seconds later, Decker hit her jaw-dropping, game-tying three.
North Harrison (8-9, 4-2), had one last chance to win it in regulation, but a 65-foot, one-handed heave by Kayla Lambert was off the mark.
Decker, Reed and junior Mackenzie Dyer scored on the first three shot attempts by Corydon in the overtime.
Lambert knocked down two frees, then Ashley Eveslage scored her only points ‘ and North’s first field goal in OT ‘ with 1:49 left.
After swapping free throws, Allen knocked down a three from the top of the key to tie it, 48-48.
Unfortunately for the hosts, those were the last points scored by the team.
Dyer had a single free throw, and Lady Panther senior Teresa Greer had a point to set the final margin.
‘We were up seven with three minutes to play and just lost it. Their girl hit an off-balance three at the buzzer, and hit a great shot,’ Lady Cat coach Hal Pearson said. ‘We played solid (defense) until she got that shot off.
‘We just failed to execute in the fourth quarter. When you go 5-for-12 from the free throw line, you don’t deserve to win the game.’
For the winners, Decker wound up with 16 points and dropped in three threes. Reed came through with 12 points, followed by Meghan Bussabarger’s seven, Dyer’s 4 and three apiece by Greer, Jill Hoehn and Bethany Shewmaker. Jenna Keinsley scored two points to round out Corydon’s scoring line.
North’s docket had Allen with 18 points and four threes, and 10 by Mosier. Mosier pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.
Lambert scored nine points, followed by Shroyer (6), Eveslage (2) and Grangier (1).
Neither club shot well in the first half, with Corydon going 5-20 and North hitting a touch better at 7-20.
Things changed for the better in the third period as the visitors went 4-6 and North hit 3-5, but both clubs went cold in the final quarter (the Lady Panthers sank 5-12 shots; the Lady Cats were 3-9).
Overall, Corydon Central dropped in 16 of 42 (38 percent) attempts and North Harrison was 16 of 44 (36 percent).
Corydon was 5-18 on threes, while the Lady Cats were much better, hitting 4-9 beyond the arc.
North Harrison was bested on the boards, 33-27.
The Lady Cats will try to regroup on the road Thursday night as they travel to Bedford-North Lawrence (8-6), before closing out the road schedule on Jan. 25 with a trip to Brownstown Central (7-7).
Corydon Central continues its road swing with a date at Floyd Central (8-6) on Saturday afternoon.
Corydon hasn’t lost to the Lady Highlanders since 2001.
The Lady Panthers’ final home game is Jan. 23 in a scrum against league-foe Salem (8-7).
— The overtime matchup was only the second in the 65-game history of the Corydon-North Harrison series. The only other tilt that went into extra basketball was a double-overtime affair in the regular-season matchup in 2003 (won by NH, 77-74, en route to an undefeated season).
The Lady Panthers lead the all-time series, 41-24.
— With the loss, everyone but Scottsburg is hoping Brownstown Central can knock off the Warriorettes, who sit atop the conference with a 5-1 mark.
Every other team in the league has at least two losses.
Brownstown hosts Scottsburg on Jan. 30.
— Corydon’s girls, who have now won seven of their past nine games after a 2-5 start, won a nail-biter against Madison on Saturday, 50-46.
The Lady Panthers won the game at the line, hitting 13 of 17 charity tosses, while Madison hit only nine of 17.
Bussabarger led the way for the winners with 12 points, followed by eight from Dyer and Greer, and seven by Reed and Decker.
Sadie Bowling had 12 points in the Lady Cubs’ loss.
— North Harrison picked up a key MSC win on Saturday, surging past Clarksville in the fourth quarter, 62-59.
Shroyer set the pace for the Lady Cats with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Mosier, who ended with eight points, hit one of two free throws, missing the second.
Allen hauled in the loose ball and scored as time expired, setting the final margin.
Allen wound up with 11 points, and Lambert had 13.
Ashton Lukes scored 14 points and Jessica Johnson had 13 in the losing effort.
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