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Lady Panthers roll in 2nd set to outlast Lanesville

Lady Panthers roll in 2nd set to outlast Lanesville
Lady Panthers roll in 2nd set to outlast Lanesville
Corydon CentralÂ’s Ally Miller serves a ball into play against Lanesville on Aug. 28. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The weekend before their Aug. 28 meeting, Lanesville and Corydon Central saw different results from participating in the River City Invitational hosted by New Albany.
At the tournament, the Lady Panthers rolled to the championship before falling to New Albany, while their Tuesday night counterpart, Lanesville, failed to win a game. Despite playing in the same event, the two Harrison County schools avoided facing one another.
On Aug. 28, the Lady Panthers continued their winning ways, defeating Lanesville 25-21, 25-10, 25-21.
The scores, particularly in games one and two, were similar to Corydon Central’s effort at the tournament (which are best of three games instead of best of five).
‘That’s what we did at the River City,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘We played toe-to-toe with Jeffersonville and Evansville Central in game one, then we blew them out second game. We did the same thing here, and, before the girls hit the court for the third, I said now we have to play the third game.’
Briscoe said the play in game three was sporadic and still seeks consistency among the rotation.
Corydon Central was slow out of the gate in game one, falling behind 5-0. From that point forward, both teams showed some grit and power. Going back and forth with points, Lanesville strung three in a row together behind kills from Brooklynn Keinsley and Robyn Schoen to go up 10-6.
Lanesville maintained the lead out to 14-11 before Corydon Central made a lengthy run. Ally Miller hammered home two kills, followed by a winning Payton Windell block to tie game one at 14. The streak continued with an Abigail Saulman winner on two of the next three points, letting Corydon Central extend its first lead at 17-14.
Haylie Walker tied the match at 18 with an ace, but Corydon Central went on to win the next two points. The game tied again at 20, but Corydon Central won five of the next six points. Reagan Mosley had two kills in the final stretch.
‘The effort that was on the floor tonight was a 110-percent turnaround from Saturday,’ said Lanesville coach Brittney Gayhart said. ‘Tonight, I was proud of the girls the way they came back. There were times I thought the girls could put more effort out after balls, but, other than that, today was an improvement. I’m not happy with a loss, but we showed improvement.’
Game two was all Lady Panthers.
A Windell kill and a Symphony LeJeune ace kicked off a 6-1 start. The points kept going Corydon Central’s way from that time. Windell contributed back-to-back aces to put her team up 10-2.
Following a Lady Panthers miscue, Chelsea John’s kill picked up Corydon Central again. Mosley then added three more winners to loft Corydon Central to a 16-4 advantage. She eventually closed game two out with another spike.
‘First game was more errors, the second was solid play, the third wasn’t as many errors but wasn’t consistent,’ Briscoe said of her team’s effort. ‘I thought it would take 10 games to find chemistry, but it may take 15. They are talented, no doubt about that; it has been a long time since we’ve been 6-2 to start a season.’
Briscoe said she is still frustrated by inconsistency, chemistry and players not having consistent focus.
‘I would like to quit being so frustrated when we win,’ she said. ‘The reality is they don’t understand the game of volleyball can change in an instant based on momentum swings. They need to keep the momentum up each point.’
Game three was back and forth until Morgan Williams broke a 10-all tie with a Lanesville spike. Schoen put down two blocks to carry Lanesville on a five-point win streak.
The momentum was short-lived, as Corydon Central fought back to take the lead at 20-19 with a swing from Mosley. Lanesville fired back with a Keinsley kill, but Corydon Central came out with five of the final six points.
‘Corydon looked tremendous Saturday, so we knew it would be tough,’ Gayhart said. ‘But I was glad the way we competed with them.’
Gayhart said the team looked much better at the service line and with emotions for much of the match.
‘I brought out video from Saturday’s match to make the girls watch their body language on the floor,’ she said. ‘I wanted them to see what I see from the bench, how their emotion was a lot different from New Albany’s. They were constantly moving the back row. It was better today but still not where it needs to be.’
For the Lady Panthers, Briscoe sees the talent and will look for her girls to pick it up in practice.
‘We have great balance of talent that needs to gel better, which, hopefully, will happen soon,’ she said. ‘They have to practice harder than they play, and they aren’t very good at practicing hard. When they do that, we’ll be pretty tough.’
This weekend, the Lady Panthers are slated to host the Corydon Central Invitational. Play will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Prior to the tournament, Corydon Central will travel to Crawford County tomorrow (Thursday).
Lanesville also will play tomorrow, hitting the road to face Paoli.

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