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Lady Panther netters top Lady Eagles

In a meeting three days prior to last Tuesday’s battle, Lanesville came away with a 2-1 win over Corydon Central in the New Albany Invitational.
Tuesday night’s volleyball match was another tight battle; however, the visiting Lady Panthers defeated Lanesville, 21-25, 25-16, 27-25, 25-18.
‘We made a change Monday in practice,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘The key tonight was Annalea Miller accepting the role as a defensive player instead of setting for us. It’s hard to give a single kid credit when you have such a great team victory, but her willingness to do what is best for our team helped our chemistry tonight.’
Corydon Central seemed to have the first game in hand. The Lady Panthers raced out to a 16-11 lead at one point. Lanesville struggled through the early part of the match to keep the ball in play, but things changed about midway through the game.
Down 19-13 and out of a Lady Eagle time-out, Brooklynn Keinsley smashed a winner. Her kill was followed by two in a row from Kaitlyn Davis. The offensive spurt ignited an 8-0 run to put Lanesville ahead, 21-20. Lanesville carried the momentum into the final points, eventually winning the game with an Ashley Schoen kill from the left side.
‘We talked about how we got them Saturday could motivate them or we could come in flat,’ Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery said. ‘Corydon seemed hesitant early when we were serving and hitting well, so we took advantage early.’
Lanesville lost momentum early in the second game, as Corydon Central began to roll. Morgan Mosley and Miller sprinkled aces in with kills from multiple Lady Panthers to create a 18-5 start to game two. Mosley at one point served 10 consecutive winning Corydon Central points. Corydon Central went on to easily win the game.
‘We were struggling with rotations and services games, but we are digging deep to find a good unit,’ Briscoe said of the early season. ‘Tonight, they looked good. I didn’t see many breakdowns. There were a few, but they were nothing like we saw last weekend at New Albany.’
Briscoe said the Miller move to the back line opened the door for Mosley, a junior setter who played well against the Lady Eagles.
Game three brought the tightest battle of the night. The teams tied on 11 different occasions during the swing game. Knotted at 15-all, Lanesville used a tip from Jenna Walter to begin a quick spurt. Aces from Morgan Williams and Hannah Bays helped Lanesville take a 21-18 lead.
Corydon Central’s Catherine Day warmed up, scoring two kills and a winning block to bring the Lady Panthers back to the lead, 23-21. Lanesville rallied back to tie the game twice, at 24- and 25-all. Through a spirited rally on game point, Corydon Central’s Angela Shutters delivered the winning kill to give her team a 2-1 advantage.
‘We’re getting better at rallying back,’ Montgomery said. ‘Rachel Gary stepped up at the service line, and Hannah Bays had a consistent game. We had some great net play by Jenna and Kaitlyn. Corydon scrapped. They are young like us and were determined tonight.’
Corydon Central took command of the fourth game early on and never allowed the Lady Eagles to see the lead. Justice Avery scored three kills and a block to pace the Lady Panthers in the final game.
‘I told the group of kids it would take about 10 matches to find the right combination and chemistry,’ Briscoe said. ‘I have a young team, but I can see 12 or 13 kids I can put on the floor. My history in the past, I haven’t been able to do that. I remember years when I had nine kids that could play varsity.’
Rachel Gary led Lanesville in aces with five. Walter was the Lady Eagle leader in kills with 11, followed by Davis with eight.
‘It was a good, fun game. Corydon battled, and both teams had great plays,’ Montgomery said.
Corydon Central will hit the court again tomorrow (Thursday) when the Lady Panthers travel to Crawford County for a 6 p.m. match. Lanesville will return to action the same day, when the Lady Eagles travel to Paoli for a 6 p.m. match.
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