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This thriller goes to Lady Panthers

This thriller goes to Lady Panthers
This thriller goes to Lady Panthers
Corydon Central’s Heidi Zimmerman pulls the ball away from North Harrison’s Amanda Hartley, in the final 30 seconds of the game.Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The Corydon Central-North Harrison girls’ basketball rivalry logged another classic into the books last Tuesday.
In a low-scoring affair, Corydon Central’s Heather Uhl buried a 3-pointer with 50 seconds to play to give the Lady Panthers the lead and eventual 39-35 win over Mid-Southern Conference rival North Harrison.
‘We really needed one,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘Obviously, we have been struggling due to our schedule not being too kind to us. Tonight, we battled and hung in there.’
The contest was back and forth much of the night. Midway through the fourth quarter, Deidre Book hit a free throw to put North Harrison up 30-27.
Corydon Central’s Malea Dunaway responded by nailing a 3-pointer to tie the game. North Harrison took the lead back with a Caitlyn Janes jump shot followed by a pair of Kelsey Brunner free throws.
The Lady Panthers were held scoreless for 1:40 until Jenna Keinsley ran the length of the floor to score a field goal. The basket cut North Harrison’s lead to 34-32 with 1:13 to play.
After North Harrison missed the front end of the bonus at the line, Keinsley put the Lady Panthers within one with a free throw. On her second attempt, the ball came off the rim, but a battle for the loose ball forced a jump-ball situation. The end result was Corydon Central’s possession.
On that possession, Heather Uhl launched a trey from the right side that gave Corydon Central a 36-34 lead. North Harrison had a handful of chances to tie or take the lead but couldn’t get it done.
‘We didn’t shoot the ball great tonight,’ North Harrison coach Hal Pearson said. ‘It was ugly on both sides. I felt like we had good control of the game with about a minute and a half to go up about four, and we just didn’t finish it out.’
Through most of the game, North Harrison held Corydon Central’s leading scorer, Keinsley, in check. She finished with 10 points, with six of those in the fourth quarter.
Picking up the scoring for the Lady Panthers was Malea Dunaway, who hit all four of her 3-point attempts. She hit back-to-back treys in the second quarter to give her team a 17-13 lead. The lead later vanished when North Harrison outscored the Lady Panthers, 8-2, to close the half with a 21-19 lead.
‘I’ve always thought Christmas as the time to work on shooting,’ Michael Uhl said. ‘The way the season is scheduled, you don’t get a lot of time before the season to work on shooting. We really worked over Christmas break on refining our shooting. Hopefully that is the case for Malea, and this will happen each time she comes out.’
Dunaway finished with a game-high 12 points. Katlyn Whelan scored eight points as well for the Lady Panthers.
Uhl said the Lady Panthers struggled on the boards but believed it may have been caused by their full-court defense.
‘I think they had 14 offensive points on putbacks,’ Uhl said of the Lady Cats. ‘I believe in the third quarter, we held them to five points, and three of those came off an offensive rebound. They came away with a loose ball and got a 3. It is something we need to get corrected, making sure it is one shot and out for the opponent.’
For the Lady Cats, Pearson said execution down the stretch was the downfall.
‘We’ve struggle a little bit when somebody turns it up a notch trying to get back in a game. We struggled a little bit closing out,’ he said.
Cassie Crawford led North Harrison in scoring with 11 points. Book added seven, and Kelsey Brunner had five.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Lady Panthers. They host Crawford County tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. and then Brownstown Central Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
North Harrison hosts Brownstown Central tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and then travels to Charlestown on Tuesday.
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