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Lady Panthers clamp down on Charlestown

Lady Panthers clamp down on Charlestown
Lady Panthers clamp down on Charlestown
CharlestownÂ’s Britany Bennison tries to keep the ball away from CorydonÂ’s Marie Rothrock during Friday nightÂ’s game in Corydon. The Lady Panthers forced 23 turnovers in a 41-26 win. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The Corydon Central girls’ basketball team treated its fans to a relentless defensive effort against Charlestown in the home opener, winning the game, 41-26.
‘We forced a few 10-second calls that really showed our effort,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘We played really hard, and we have to earn every single thing we get. We did that tonight.’
The Lady Panthers held Charlestown to a measly 12 first-half points and never allowed the Lady Pirates to reach double figures in a quarter.
Corydon Central used a smooth outside stroke to build an 11-4 first-quarter lead. Katlyn Whelan opened the contest with a field goal, which was followed by back-to-back Heather Uhl 3-pointers. The buckets gave Corydon Central an 8-0 start. Charlestown finally cracked the scoreboard with an Emily Young field goal midway through the first period.
Marie Rothrock later buried another Lady Panther trey. On the glass, Corydon Central, collecting eight first-quarter rebounds, didn’t allow the Lady Pirates a single second-chance opportunity.
Defensive pressure intensified in the second quarter for the home team. Rothrock scored four straight points to extend the Corydon Central lead to 15-4. From there, Kayla Uhl and Whelan teamed up for a four-point run. Pressing the Lady Pirates, Whelan forced a steal and dished an assist to Kayla Uhl. Uhl then returned the favor on the inbounds, stealing the ball and distributing to Whelan for two points.
The lead ballooned to 19-6, and forced Charlestown to call a time-out.
‘We played real hard in game one at Perry Central,’ Michael Uhl said. ‘We shot the ball a little better tonight. The loose balls we got to created better scoring opportunities. Players did a great job keeping rebounds alive by tipping the ball around.’
In the first half, Corydon Central forced 12 turnovers and finished with 23 for the game.
Corydon Central continued the strong outside shooting in the third quarter when sisters Heather and Kayla Uhl nailed long balls. The Lady Panthers finished 6 of 15 from beyond the arc, including four from Heather Uhl. She finished with a team best 14 points.
Charlestown was able to crawl back to within nine when Jenah Sherrill hit a pair of third-quarter treys. Corydon Central fired back with four points from Rothrock to give her team a 33-20 edge after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Corydon Central extended the lead to 18 at one point before Charlestown failed to make a run.
‘Holding them to 26 points was good for us,’ Michael Uhl said. ‘Some of those points were late in the game on silly plays we let go. We obviously need to work some end-of-the-game situations, as well, but you can’t complain about our effort.’
Uhl said he was encouraged by the amount of close shot attempts the Lady Panthers attempted. Although they didn’t shoot well inside, he thought a lot of the opportunities.
‘Last year, we couldn’t get that shot, but this year we are getting them. We just have to finish,’ he said. ‘We are giving up so much size in there, but the opportunities are there. We’re getting ourselves stuck under the basket. It’s taking away our angle on the backboard, getting too deep.’
Rothrock reached double figures with 13 points and added five rebounds. Justice Avery led the team in rebounding with seven boards. Whelan gave a strong all-around performance, scoring four points, collecting six rebounds and dishing four assists.
Sherrill paced the Lady Pirates with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Bennison, who scored more than 20 points in their opener, was held to two.