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2nd-half surge lifts CC over Lady Pack

2nd-half surge lifts CC over Lady Pack
2nd-half surge lifts CC over Lady Pack
Corydon CentralÂ’s Kayla Uhl, left, and Crawford CountyÂ’s Kayla Toney fight for possession of a rebound. Photo by Wade Bell (click for larger version)

For the first 16 minutes, it looked like the Corydon Central Lady Panthers and visiting Crawford County Lady Pack were going to go down to the wire Thursday night. Corydon Central, however, launched a major offense in the third period and went on to secure a 56-42 win over the Lady Pack.
‘They wanted this game more than we did,’ Crawford County coach Alan Cox said. ‘That’s what it all comes down to. Their kids were more aggressive, and they wanted this win a little more than we did.’
‘It wasn’t very pretty, and I’m sure Alan said the same thing,’ said Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl. ‘I’m glad we came out on our end like we did.’
Corydon Central shot to the lead with a 7-1 run, with Jenna Keinsley scoring all of the Lady Panthers’ points in the first four minutes. Crawford County’s first field goal didn’t come until 44 seconds left in the period when Carolyn Pellman swished a 3-pointer, causing the Crawford County deficit to shrink to three, 7-4, after the first period.
Pellman’s shot began what turned into a 10-0 run for the Lady Pack, who took an 11-7 lead less than two minutes into the second period. Crawford County held that edge until Rachel Deaton and Keinsley got three straight field goals, pushing Corydon Central back in front, 15-12. Heather Uhl and Deaton then pushed Corydon Central’s lead to five. Chelsea Jellison fired in her first three of the night, and Crawford County pulled within two, 20-18, at halftime.
‘Things were real stagnant there for a while,’ Uhl said. ‘I need to watch the film to see what was exactly happening there. For the longest time, it was 7-1 and we kind of went stagnant and couldn’t do anything right. They actually went up 9-7, so we’ve got to sit down and look at what went wrong there. We went for the longest time without scoring there, too. It’s kind of opposite of what we did the first four minutes.’
The third quarter belonged to the Lady Panthers, who went 7 of 14 from the field in the eight minutes. Jellison tried to keep the Lady Pack in the game with a pair of treys, but Corydon Central pushed the advantage to 43-29.
‘They had a couple of 3-pointers on out-of-bounds plays,’ said Cox. ‘We didn’t cover the corner. If you watch enough basketball, usually every team in Southern Indiana sends the inbounder to the corner of the floor. How hard is it to know that? That just sums up how we played the game tonight. We just didn’t think about it.’
Crawford County made one last run early in the fourth period, scoring seven unanswered points to pull within eight, 44-36. The Lady Pack could get no closer as the Lady Panthers scored the last six points of the game for the 56-42 win.
‘We got some stops and did some better things on the defensive end,’ Uhl said. ‘We got some easy baskets and that’s something we don’t normally get. We got an easy basket or two because of a turnover. We got that put-back on that free throw where they didn’t check out the shooter but five plays later we did the same thing.’
Keinsley led the winners with 21 points, and freshman Deaton came off the bench for 13. Corydon Central was 18 of 46 from the field (39 percent) and 14 of 20 from the free-throw line. Corydon Central had eight turnovers in 32 minutes.
‘She’s going to be a nice player,’ Uhl said of Deaton. ‘She’s still got a lot to learn. We’ve really been on her since day one about her intensity level … She’s a freshman on top of that, and we’re trying to put her in two or three different spots. That’s been tough on her, too, but we know she can score some points.’
Jellison led Crawford County with 18 points and Kayla Toney followed with 10. Crawford County was 14 of 38 on field goals (37 percent) and 9 of 18 on free throws. Crawford County turned the ball over 15 times.
Corydon Central closes the regular season by hosting Clarksville tomorrow nigh (Thursday) and Brownstown Central at noon on Saturday.