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Warriorettes edge Corydon in MSC dual

Warriorettes edge Corydon in MSC dual
Warriorettes edge Corydon in MSC dual
Corydon Central guard Aly Chambers looks for an open teammate in the first half Thursday night. Photos by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The battle for the top spot in the early stages of the Mid-Southern Conference race came down to the wire Thursday night between Corydon Central and Scottsburg.
It took an off-balance shot by Scottsburg’s Jillian Romero in the closing seconds to lift the Class 3A No. 9 Warriorettes, 43-41. Both teams had the lead at different moments of the final quarter, but Romero’s bucket allowed Scottsburg to escape Corydon with a win.
‘We had our hands on a couple of balls we didn’t come away with,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘We talked (in the locker room) that every sectional game is going to come down to that. Who’s going to handle those situations? We have to handle situations better.’
On a night when several former players and coaches were on hand to celebrate the rich history of the Corydon Central program by honoring its 500th win, fans were treated to a back-and-forth battle.
Trailing by two to open the final quarter, Corydon Central’s Reagan Mosley knotted the game at 34 with a free-throw line jump shot.
Scottsburg came back with a Jillian Romero triple that was countered by a Taylor Frederick jumper. With 2:30 to play, Corydon Central re-took the lead, 39-37, when Symphony LeJeune nailed a trey.
In response, Romero scored two in the lane then saw teammate Kelsey Smith make one of two free throws with 1:19 to play, putting Scottsburg up by one.
On the next Lady Panthers possession, Frederick drew a foul and proceeded to sink both freebies for a 41-40 lead with a minute to play. Keeping up with toeing the free-throw line, Katie Wampler drew a foul and made one free throw to tie the game with 47 seconds remaining.
Corydon Central was unable to score inside the final minute, while Romero provided the winner for Scottsburg.
‘We need to grow as a team from this,’ Uhl said. ‘We didn’t have the best practice in the world this week. We worked on end-of-the-game situations and didn’t execute with the mental intensity we should have. I got on them a little bit, and it comes out and shows.’
Corydon Central benefited from a quick start to the contest. Mosley scored two field goals early for a 4-0 beginning. Field goals by Savannah Eschbacher, Frederick and Rothrock allowed the Lady Panthers to lead through much of the first quarter. A field goal by Smith set up a tie game at 11 heading into the second quarter.
Scottsburg’s offense was held in check for the most part after averaging 69 points through the first four games. The Warriorettes went on an 8-2 run to start the second quarter, aided by triples from Romero.
‘We held them to 43, and I wasn’t real happy with the defense, to be honest with you,’ Uhl said. ‘I think they average around 70, but I still wasn’t happy. Their shooters had wide-open looks. We gave up a couple break away layups in the first half.’
The surge by the Warriorettes put them up 19-13, the widest margin of the night. Corydon Central fought back with eight points from Rothrock before Scottsburg led 25-23 at the half.
Rothrock led all scorers with 18 points, making two 3-pointers. Frederick finished with eight points, while Mosley and Eschbacher had six each.
‘Last year, we had some success against them last year getting the ball (to the middle). Wish we had a couple of possessions back, couple loose balls, couple rebounds go our way; it could have been different,’ Uhl said. ‘They are ranked No. 9 for a reason.’
Romero and Smith paced Scottsburg in scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Elliot added nine.
Corydon Central bounced back on Saturday to knock off Silver Creek, 51-35, to keep itself in the MSC hunt. The Lady Panthers trailed 7-2 early but outscored the Lady Dragons the rest of the way.
After leading 18-13 at the half, Corydon Central won the third quarter, 19-6, to pull away.
It was a balanced scoring effort for Corydon Central. Rothrock (14), Mosley (11) and Frederick (10) each reached double figures, while Rachel Deaton chipped in seven points.
Corydon Central shot 46 percent from the field, while LeJeune provided six assists and five steals. Eschbacher was the team leader in rebounds with six.
Emily Clayton was the top scorer for Silver Creek with 11 points. As a team, the Lady Dragons turned the ball over 23 times.
Corydon Central will return to action tonight (Wednesday) when the Lady Panthers host Austin at 7:30. They will stay in MSC action Friday when they travel to Salem (7:30) then return home Tuesday to host South Central (7:30).