Lady Panthers fall to SC in sectional
Corydon Central reached its third consecutive Class 3A volleyball sectional final Saturday night, and found itself in a battle with a familiar foe, Silver Creek.
The Lady Panthers came with a fast start, but Silver Creek became repeat sectional champions with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-18 victory at North Harrison.
‘I think it is pretty obvious we were the second best team in this tournament,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘I think it was an eye-opener from our senior night when we played Silver Creek and we didn’t show up. I think (Silver Creek coach) Jeff (Zimmerman) knows me well enough by now that we are going to be ready come tournament time. We have a program that doesn’t play club ball as much as he has, but the bottom line is my girls played with character and guts tonight.’
Emotion was at an ultimate level on the Corydon Central side of the court during the first half of the opening game. The reason was a tremendous start for the Lady Panther offense.
Aggressive play from Charity Martin, Jenna Keinsley and Angela Shutters led Corydon Central to an early 5-0 lead. After Silver Creek ran off a few points, the Lady Panthers went back out front. Consecutive winners from Keinsley, combined with an Amanda Rothrock kill and Shawna Kopp ace, put Corydon Central up 10-4. The lead eventually ballooned to 12-5 before Silver Creek began a rally.
The teams went back and forth until a Keinsley kill prompted a Silver Creek timeout with the Lady Panthers up 19-14.
Out of the break, Silver Creek ripped off 10 of the next 11 points to take a 23-20 lead. In the run, Kim Jamros had three kills and Haley Garr added three aces. Kristyn Maymon concluded the complete comeback for the Lady Dragons with a kill to give Silver Creek the opening game, 25-22.
‘I think we set the gym on fire tonight when we stepped on the court, but we did that all tournament,’ Briscoe said. ‘I expected Silver Creek to make a run that first game, but I don’t know if my kids expected that. They were playing so well and their emotions were so high that they didn’t quit playing, but they quit reacting to Silver Creek picking up their play.’
Silver Creek carried the momentum into the second and third games. In game two, Silver Creek was up 16-12 when it went on its second big tear of the game. They delivered nine of 10 winners to close out a dominating 25-13 win.
Corydon Central was able to stay close in game three, but could never draw closer than three points.
‘I am extremely proud of these kids,’ Briscoe said. ‘They went from a 15-15 season to a whole different ‘comradery’ as volleyball players. We went from a 6-2 line up to a 5-1. We went from kids playing just defense to some just playing right side. We had a freshman and sophomore hit the floor tonight and that is what it is all about. It is getting the right 14 kids dressed out by tournament time and seeing what will happen.’
The Lady Panthers graduate a couple key members of their team, including front row players Samantha Schmelz, Rothrock and Keinsley.
‘I have four seniors leaving the program,’ Briscoe said. ‘Jenna Keinsley, who leads more than one program at Corydon Central; Amanda Rothrock went from a setter last year to a phenomenal outside hitter and a complete athlete; Athena Weber didn’t play a whole lot, but that kid came to practice every day with the right attitude; Samantha Schmelz is a senior with a true desire and work ethic to be better at whatever she is doing. We are going to miss them next year.’
Briscoe said the team has a lot of grooming to do in the coming year.
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