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Silver Creek upends Lady Panthers in defensive battle

Silver Creek upends Lady Panthers in defensive battle
Silver Creek upends Lady Panthers in defensive battle
Corydon CentralÂ’s Savannah Eschbacher, left, and Silver CreekÂ’s Kim Jamros battle for possession of the ball in the second half of the Lady DragonsÂ’ 31-26 win. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The Corydon Central Lady Panthers and Silver Creek Lady Dragons played through four quarters of tough defense Friday night in the semi-finals of the Class 3A Charlestown Sectional, but it was the Lady Dragons who came out the winners, 31-26, ending Corydon Central’s season.
The game was so tough for both teams that neither had players in double figures.
‘We came out and played hard,’ said Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl. ‘We just couldn’t get the ball in the basket enough.’
Silver Creek hit its first two field goals ‘ a deuce and triple ‘ to begin the game but then went dry on its next six attempts. Corydon Central, meanwhile, managed just two of its seven attempts in the first period. Emily Clayton finished the period with a deuce-and-one as Silver Creek grabbed an 11-5 advantage.
The Lady Dragons had the shooting problems in the second quarter, hitting just one field goal and only one free throw. That allowed the Lady Panthers to gain some ground with a 5-0 burst to close back within one, 14-13, at halftime.
‘It was just a matter of somebody stepping up and hitting a bucket somewhere and getting to the free-throw line and hitting a couple of free throws,’ said Uhl. ‘I don’t remember exactly what happened, but it was a couple of plays. That three-point play at the end of the first quarter didn’t do us any favors.’
Alex Tinsley scored the first six points of the third period to give the Lady Dragons a 20-13 cushion. Kayla Uhl finally got a deuce to go down, but Mandi Martin countered for Silver Creek. Uhl struck again with a 16-footer, and Corydon Central’s deficit was five, 22-17, with one quarter left.
Uhl said he expected the defense on both ends to be tight.
‘It was the first time we played them,’ he said.
The Lady Panthers gave their fans something to cheer about in the first three minutes of the fourth period with a 7-0 run, including Heather Uhl drilling a 3-pointer to give Corydon Central a 24-23 edge. That lasted only briefly, as Tinsley got two to put the Lady Dragons back in front. Silver Creek finished out the game with a 6-2 burst to win, 31-26, and advance into the sectional final.
‘A couple of little things here or there, if they would have went the other way, it would have been a different game,’ Uhl said. ‘We played hard … We had a good week of practice.’
Kayla Uhl led the Lady Panthers (7-15) with nine points. The Lady Panthers hit just 9 of 30 field goals (30 percent) and 7 of 13 free throws. Corydon Central had 20 turnovers.
‘I’ve got two seniors that are great kids,’ Uhl said of Katlyn Whelan and Heather Uhl. The remainder of the Lady Panthers’ roster is freshmen and sophomores. ‘They played good all season, and I’m hoping they play some spring sports and have a good spring sports season.’
Alex Tinsley led Silver Creek (16-6) with nine points. The Lady Dragons were 11 of 36 (31 percent) on field goals and 9 of 19 from the charity stripe. Silver Creek erred 16 times for turnovers.
‘They just hit a couple more shots than we did,’ said Uhl. ‘They got to the free-throw line a couple more times than we did. I know they did the second half.’
‘It was a good group of kids,’ he said of the season. ‘They got along. There wasn’t any drama. You had seniors hanging out with freshmen; usually, you don’t have that. It was just a good group of kids. That’s what it’s all about.’
Silver Creek went on to win the sectional, defeating Salem, 49-33, in the championship Saturday night.
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