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Corydon struggles on boards, defense at No. 6 Scottsburg

Corydon struggles on boards, defense at No. 6 Scottsburg
Corydon struggles on boards, defense at No. 6 Scottsburg
Corydon CentralÂ’s Marie Rothrock drives to the paint after a Scottsburg player falls in the first half Thursday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Corydon Central got an up-close look at the latest team ‘ Scottsburg ‘ to join the loaded Class 3A Sectional 30 in girls’ basketball Thursday.
Traveling to Scottsburg’s Charles E. Meyer Gymnasium for the Mid-Southern Conference matchup, the Lady Panthers looked to down the No. 6 Warriorettes. With a much taller line-up, Scottsburg was able to out-rebound its way to a 69-48 win.
‘We just got out-hustled,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘They beat us to every loose ball. Even at times when we had a two-step lead to the ball, they’d find a way to beat us there.’
Scottsburg scored the opening four points off steals that led to buckets by Symantha Norton and Jillian Romero.
The 5-0 Warriorettes’ start was interrupted with a field goal from Taylor Frederick. Corydon Central was able to keep pace early on. Lady Panthers Marie Rothrock, Savannah Eschbacher and Frederick traded baskets with Scottsburg to make the score 12-10.
Scottsburg, however, closed the opening quarter with a 7-1 run. Norton nailed a 3-pointer off a sideline in-bounds play to give her team a 19-11 lead.
In the second quarter, Corydon Central struggled with rebounding like it did most of the game. They gave up several putback attempts, including one from Norton that gave Scottsburg its first 10-point lead at 23-13. The senior finished the game with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
‘When you don’t attempt to block anybody out and you just turn and stand to see if the shot goes in, you aren’t going to get the board,’ Uhl said.
Scottsburg went on to outrebound the Lady Panthers, 39-22.
Corydon Central used the hot hand of leading scorer Reagan Mosley to cut into Scottsburg’s second-quarter lead. She hit two jump shots, the latter cutting the deficit to 25-22.
Just as they did in the first quarter, Scottsburg finished the second frame with a flurry of points. Katie Wampler opened and closed the 10-4 outburst with field goals leading to a 35-26 halftime lead.
Despite a Justice Avery field goal to open the second half, Corydon Central steadily started to fall farther behind the Warriorettes.
Down 44-30 after a Norton free throw, Corydon Central went on a 7-2 run. Mosley’s free throws, along with a field goal from Frederick and a trey by way of Rachel Deaton, cut the margin to single digits, at 46-37.
Then again, the end of the quarter was all Scottsburg. A Wampler field goal started an 8-0 run to balloon the lead back to 17 points.
‘We did nice things,’ Uhl said. ‘We only scored 48 points, but we had a stretch where we missed several layups. We had several people open, but we didn’t find them or weren’t looking for them. There were several more opportunities to score on the floor tonight; we just didn’t finish them off.’
More of a concern for the coach is the defensive effort.
‘Defensively, we’re just a mess right now,’ Uhl said, attributing it to a lack of desire.
Mosley’s 12 points led the Lady Panthers, while Rothrock added eight points. Frederick contributed eight points, and Eschbacher had seven.
Scottsburg, which is undefeated, was led by Norton. Wampler scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds. Ashley Elliot contributed 12 points, while Romero had nine.
The home team was tough at the charity stripe, making good on 21 of 26 free-throw attempts.
Each team was able to force the other into several turnovers. For the game, Corydon Central turned it over 26 times, while Scottsburg had 23 miscues.
Corydon Central looks to get back on track tonight (Wednesday) when it travels to Austin for a 7:30 p.m. game. The Lady Panthers will return home Friday to face Salem at 7:30 as well.
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