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Austin no problem for Lady Panthers

Austin no problem for Lady Panthers
Austin no problem for Lady Panthers
At the net, Corydon Central's Pam Cockerell, front, and Samantha Schmelz prepare to block an Austin kill attempt. (Photos by Brian Smith)

Power was restored at Corydon Central High School last week, as was the power of the Lady Panthers volleyball team on Thursday.
In Mid-Southern Conference action, the host Lady Panthers rolled in a decisive 25-9, 25-10, 25-19 win over visiting Austin.
Corydon Central made a few changes in its line-up and rotations, seeking to make the team prepared for the second-half run toward the post-season.
‘We haven’t played our ‘A’ game yet,’ said Lady Panthers coach Kim Briscoe. ‘More and more, the kids are learning to accept their roles and to trust the decisions the coaches make. We moved around a few people, and in the end we saw a lot more hustle today.’
In game one, the attacks were coming from all angles. After exchanging the first handful of points, the Lady Panthers scored 17 of 19 points to take a commanding 18-4 lead. During the stretch, Jenna Keinsley slammed home six aces along with Meghan Bussabarger’s two kills and an ace. In the middle, Samantha Schmelz blocked a pair of Austin attempts for points.
The intensity continued with the lead. Pam Cockerell, who moved to outside hitter from the middle, spiked a winner to secure the 25-9 opening game victory.
‘We moved her outside because she has a great swing,’ Briscoe said. ‘It was an effort to open her up. She has great range and height to put the ball down. She is very knowledgeable of the game so she will adapt well.’
Game two was all Corydon Central as well. Cockerell and Schmelz combined for a block along with a pair of Keinsley aces to press the host to a 6-0 lead. Austin was able to exchange points after a time out, but Corydon Central wouldn’t budge.
The lead was stretched to 22-8 after a six-point run. Jessica Guiffre and Cockerell teamed for a block and a kill each during the run. Cockerell finished game two off with her second ace of the game.
‘I didn’t think we would beat them that well, but they (Austin) had a few players out with injuries,’ Briscoe said.
Austin gave the Lady Panthers all it had in game three and held a two-point advantage at 5-3 early on, but Corydon Central quickly regained the leverage. A pair of Amanda Rothrock aces stretched the lead to 13-9 midway through the game. Holding off small Austin runs, Rothrock ended the match with two more aces.
‘We’re not a one-dimensional team,’ Briscoe said. ‘We have a lot of talent, and we want to keep getting better. We want to peak at just the right time.’
Make-up dates for a pair of postponed games (vs. Charlestown, vs. Brownstown Central) has yet to be determined. The Lady Panthers hit the road tomorrow (Thursday) to face Salem at 6 p.m. They will then host North Harrison on Tuesday at 6 p.m.