Impressive start (27-1) leads Corydon over South Central
During the first 11 minutes, there was little the Corydon Central girls’ basketball team did wrong against county-rival South Central. By scoring the first 19 points of the game, the Lady Panthers rolled to a 56-20 victory.
Corydon Central’s Kayla Uhl knocked down the game’s first shot with a 3-pointer from the left wing on the opening possession. Reagan Mosley added a field goal, which was followed by a triple from Symphony LeJeune. Down 8-0, South Central coach Randall Schoen tried to slow the momentum with a time-out.
Out of the brief break, Corydon Central continued to score with LeJeune hitting a put-back attempt. Marie Rothrock got in on the scoring action with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer. Freebies from Uhl put Corydon Central up 19-0 with 3:54 to play in the opening quarter.
‘I told the girls it was nice to start that way,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘I think it was the first time all year after the first minute we had the lead in a game. It was nice to get off to that good start for once. Hopefully, it will be contagious and continue the rest of the year.’
South Central was able to hold the Lady Panthers scoreless the rest of the frame but were only able to get on the board with a single free throw from Samantha Turner.
‘We came out with the triangle and two on (Taylor) Frederick and Rothrock, but Uhl stepped up and hit that 3 right off,’ Schoen said. ‘Then other girls hit shots. Then it kind of snowballed. Once we manned up, I felt we played better defensively.’
Corydon Central’s offense picked up at the start of the second quarter. Off the bench, Aly Chambers made three of the first four field goals with Frederick providing the other. It added up to a 27-1 Lady Panthers lead.
‘Aly had a nice second quarter,’ Uhl said. ‘She does a nice job for us. She can be uncertain about some things. If she gains confidence, she’ll help us down the stretch.’
South Central found a little offensive rhythm during a two-minute stretch in the second quarter when Kelsey Miller came up with four points. Turner capped a 6-0 run with a jump shot.
During the final two minutes, however, Corydon Central went on an 8-0 run capped by a steal and lay-up by Chambers. As a team, the Lady Panthers forced 15 first-half turnovers.
‘We watched a little film before we came here,’ coach Uhl said of the trip to Elizabeth. ‘Our game against Salem, we opened up the second half not very good defensively. Our hands were down the whole time. If Salem decided to throw ground balls at us, we’d have those covered, but we wouldn’t cover anything waist high. Today, before we left, we talked about keeping our hands up. For the most part, I think we kept our hands up.’
Schoen said his team was upset with its performance.
‘Every year, we don’t set a goal to beat Corydon,’ he said. ‘Our goal is to be ready to win conference and sectional. Right now, we have a lot of work to do until then. We’ll bottle this emotion up and bring it to practice tomorrow.’
The Lady Panthers spread the scoring among 10 players, led by Frederick’s 10 points. Chambers finished with nine points, while Uhl and Rothrock had seven points each.
Turner led the Lady Rebels in scoring with nine points, followed by Miller’s seven.
Uhl said his team bounced back well from a tough stretch of games to open the season.
‘New Albany, Bedford, Scottsburg and Silver Creek ” I don’t know how many teams come out of that not being 0-4 or 1-3, but things are starting to get better,’ Uhl said. ‘As we go, players are understanding roles a little bit better.’
Corydon Central will play in the Vincennes Rivet Tournament on Dec. 28 and 29. The Lady Panthers will open play against Hagerstown on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m.
South Central will play closer to home in a holiday tournament as participants in the Floyd Central Shoot-out on Dec. 29 and 30. The Lady Rebels will open against Eastern (Pekin) at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29.