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Lady Panthers cruise over Eastern in 3

Lady Panthers cruise over Eastern in 3
Lady Panthers cruise over Eastern in 3
Corydon Central setter Amanda Rothrock, center, chats with teammates Meghan Bussabarger, left, and Jenna Keinsley. (Photo by Brian Smith)

Fresh off a sectional title a year ago, the Lady Panthers notched their first victory of the 2008 campaign Thursday.
Playing host to Mid-Southern Conference foe Eastern (Pekin), Corydon Central High School had little problems, winning in straight sets, 25-12, 25-17, 25-15.
Corydon Central steamrolled through the first game and jumped out to a huge advantage in game two. The win came a few days after the Lady Panthers fell to Meade County (Ky.) in three games in the season debut.
In the win over Eastern, Corydon Central showed off a new facet of their game: serving. The team came up with 11 service aces, including eight from senior Pam Cockerell.
‘This is probably the most aggressive service team we’ve had here,’ said Lady Panthers coach Kim Briscoe.
Jessica Giuffre, Annalea Miller and Amanda Rothrock also had an ace each.
The offense was led by Meghan Bussabarger’s 13 kills. Giuffre added seven, followed by five each from Jenna Keinsley and Cockerell.
The team replaces three seniors, including key setter and defensive specialist positions. Junior Amanda Rothrock has stepped into the setter role nicely for Briscoe.
‘Amanda Rothrock is a talent that has been in our program the past two years,’ Briscoe said. ‘I always knew she had the talent. She took the position of being our setter and has become a leader on the court. She does it in a demonstrative way and talks straight to the girls.’
Corydon Central is expected once again to contend for the MSC title.
‘It will take the length of September to find out how good we are,’ Briscoe said. ‘But I anticipate we will get better with every game.’
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