CC senior to join Lady Govs
Meghan Bussabarger has excelled in three sports at Corydon Central: volleyball, basketball and track and field. The senior recently made a decision on her next move after high school, to become a Governor.
No fear, Mitch Daniels, Bussabarger is headed to Austin Peay to play collegiate basketball for the Lady Governors. She recently verbally committed to Austin Peay after several visits to the Clarksville, Tenn., campus.
‘The coaching staff and the players felt like home to me,’ Bussabarger said. ‘Most of the girls (on the team) are small-town girls and it seemed to fit. They were a good, fun group, and the campus is the right size.’
With an enrollment of 9,400 and a three-hour drive from Corydon, Bussabarger said Austin Peay was the perfect spot for her.
‘I knew I wanted to play college basketball since my freshman year,’ Bussabarger said. ‘I never thought then that I would play at a Division I college.’
Bussabarger chose the Lady Governors over South Carolina-Upstate.
During her senior season at Corydon Central, Bussabarger averaged 19.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest and shot 54.4 percent from the field and 80.5 percent from the foul line. She concluded her high school career with 1,049 points, one of four Corydon Central girls’ basketball players to reach the century mark.
‘I’ve been able to coach two Indiana All-Stars in the 10 years I’ve coached, and she’s as talented as those two,’ Corydon Central girls’ basketball coach Michael Uhl said. ‘If you look at the walls (in the gym), there are 16 sectional titles up there. There is good history here. Leaving here as one of four to score a 1,000 points in this program says something.’
Bussabarger made the top 100 cut for Indiana All-Stars, a list that will be cut to 60 in the coming weeks.
Bussabarger also appreciates the history of the Lady Panther girls’ basketball program.
‘It meant a lot to play here, especially the group before I was a freshman and when I was a freshman,’ she said of her career. ‘Those girls really taught me a lot. Coach Uhl and all the coaches I’ve played for have pushed me and helped get me to where I needed to be. Without that group, and the coaches, there is no way I would be going to Austin Peay.’
Bussabarger’s biggest game of the season came when she set school records for most points and rebounds in a game when she put up 45 points and pulled down 25 rebounds against South Central.
‘It’s going to be a lot different after graduation,’ she said. ‘I’m used to going to Vincennes or playing pick-up games after school, but those things are not going to happen. (Corydon Central senior) Katie Hayes and I talked the other day, saying we don’t know what to do after graduation.’
Since the season ended, Bussabarger has been in the gym, working to constantly improve. She has another goal in mind: to qualify for state in track and field for the fourth time.
Austin Peay began recruiting Bussabarger late in the season, figuring she was going to college on a volleyball or track scholarship.
‘Austin Peay came in senior night,’ Bussabarger said. ‘Coach Uhl suggested I visit the school, and I did. I just really liked it there, and it isn’t a long drive for family and friends to watch me play.’
The Lady Governors play in the Ohio Valley Conference and begin conference tournament play this week. Austin Peay, coached by Carrie Daniels, is currently 14-15 overall.
Bussabarger plans on studying physical therapy.