Late rebounds ensure Madison win over CC
Trouble on the defensive glass proved difficult for the Corydon Central girls’ basketball team against Madison in a Saturday afternoon contest.
The visiting Lady Cubs took a decisive rebound advantage and a 45-39 win home over the Lady Panthers.
‘Our inability to rebound took away our chance to win,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘They missed free throws, but we couldn’t rebound to give ourselves a chance.’
Neither team mounted much of an offensive effort in the third quarter. During the initial four minutes, Madison outscored Corydon Central, 4-1. Madison’s Mandy Stoll hit a bucket to put her team up, 27-19.
Out of a Lady Panther time-out, Corydon Central found a quick groove. Heather Uhl started an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer. She was followed by Marie Rothrock hitting all three free-throw attempts after being fouled on a trey attempt. The quarter closed with Kayla Uhl scoring to tie the game at 27.
Corydon Central’s struggles on the boards were evident as the final quarter wore on. Madison moved ahead, 31-27, on free throws from Macky Hecox and a Kelsey Block field goal.
Three-pointers allowed the Lady Panthers to stay within reach. Kayla Uhl knocked down two in a row, sandwiched around a Nayla Lunsford field goal for Madison. Uhl’s second trey tied the game at 33 with four minutes remaining.
From there, Madison ruled the glass, starting with Stoll scoring on a put-back. Lunsford got in on the action when she pulled down a board and converted a 3-point play. The conversion, followed by a Block field goal stretched the Madison lead to 40-34.
Not going away easily, Corydon Central’s Savannah Eschbacher nailed a trey to trim the Lady Cub lead to three with 1:18 to play.
Madison caught a break with 1:05 to play when Lady Cub Hannah Cain missed the front end of a one-and-one situation. Corydon Central, however, was whistled for a lane violation. Cain then hit the re-do and followed with a miss that was corralled by Lunsford.
During the next 27 seconds, Madison went 1 of 6 at the line, but Corydon Central failed to cash in on the opportunity.
‘We’ve got to get better in games at blocking out,’ Michael Uhl said. ‘It’s not like we aren’t working on it in practice.’
Corydon Central got off to a solid start in the first quarter. The Lady Panthers led through much of the frame, paced by seven points from Rothrock. Her field goals to close the period gave the Lady Panthers an early 13-9 edge.
Madison bounced back in the second quarter to outscore Corydon Central, 14-5, to lead 23-18 at the break.
Corydon Central was paced by Kayla Uhl and Rothrock with 12 points each. Eschbacher chipped in six points for the Lady Panthers, who dropped to 4-11.
Madison (8-7) was led by Lunsford with 16 points, followed by Stoll with eight.
Corydon Central will return to the floor Saturday when the Lady Panthers travel to Floyd Central for a 2:30 p.m. tip.