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Lady Pirates knock off cold-shooting Lady Panthers, 50-37

Lady Pirates knock off cold-shooting Lady Panthers, 50-37
Lady Pirates knock off cold-shooting Lady Panthers, 50-37
Corydon Central's Shelby Wilkerson goes toward the hoop for a lay-up attempt at Charlestown Friday night. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Shooting struggles from the field and from the charity stripe limited the Corydon Central girls’ basketball team in its Mid-Southern Conference opener Friday at Charlestown.
The trip to Charlestown Sports Arena resulted in a 50-37 loss for the Lady Panthers after shooting 9 of 23 (39 percent) from the foul line.
Shots from flow of play weren’t falling either for Corydon Central, as the team shot just 13 of 34 (38 percent) from the field.
‘I’ll take credit for this one,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘Charlestown did a good job taking away some of the stuff we wanted to do. You could tell they were ready to go, and I don’t think we were and that’s my fault, nobody else’s.’
Corydon Central started the game on the positive end, especially defensively. Nine first quarter turnovers by Charlestown led to several early opportunities for Corydon Central. Reagan Mosley and Marie Rothrock picked off passes, leading to chances for the Lady Panthers, but free-throw attempts came from the steals and not field goals.
Giving the Lady Panthers an early 7-4 edge, Ashley Oliver put in a field goal after Aly Chambers made a single freebie.
Charlestown was able to rally and knot the game at 10 after buckets by Kaitlynn Henning and Jessica Farmer before the first quarter ended.
Neither team could get much momentum going in the second quarter with Charlestown outscoring the Lady Panthers 6-5 to lead 16-15 at the half.
Attacking the basket throughout the opening half, Corydon Central was able to draw plenty of fouls but couldn’t convert the free-throw opportunities. As a team, the Lady Panthers were 5 of 14 at the line during the half.
Charlestown went on the offensive to start the second half, crashing the board to create separation. Offensive put-backs by Megan Brooks and Justice Burden provided the first two field goals.
Henning provided a pair of free throws during the 10-2 start along with field goals by Farmer and Burden, all while the Lady Panthers missed a pair of free throws during that span.
Charlestown grew the lead to 31-19 when Farmer converted another offensive rebound into two points.
‘They started with an offensive board, then we mixed in a missed layup in there and they fed off that,’ Uhl said. ‘We have to be better prepared. We had all week to prepare. We attacked the basket well at times, then we had the missed free throws in the first half hurt us.’
During the final 1:21 of the third quarter, Corydon Central started to find some offensive rhythm. Marie Rothrock converted an old-fashioned 3-point play, followed by Mosley hitting a jumper. Answering each bucket was the Lady Pirates, but Chambers ended the quarter with a 3-pointer to cut Charlestown’s lead to 35-27.
Rothrock started the scoring in the final eight minutes with a bucket to make the margin six. Charlestown’s response was Brooks scoring a field goal in the paint, the final bucket of the game for the Lady Pirates.
Down the stretch, Charlestown was able to do what the Lady Panthers couldn’t for much of the game: hit free throws.
‘Our intensity on defense wasn’t too bad,’ Uhl said. ‘The first couple trips we caused a couple turnovers. You hit a shot, you get on the balls of you feet or drop you head and that happens sometimes. We’ll get back at it tomorrow.’
In the final five minutes, the host went 13 of 14 at the line, including Henning hitting all six of her attempts. She would lead all scorers with 18 points, making 9 of 10 free throws. As a team, Charlestown hit 19 of 24 freebies.
Corydon Central had a balanced scoring effort, with Chambers, Rothrock and Oliver scoring seven points each. Taylor Frederick and Mosley tallied six points each.
Corydon Central had won three in a row versus Charlestown and also snapped a nine-game regular season win streak.
The game was the first for Charlestown and its first-year head coach, Michael Prichard.
Bouncing back on its home floor, the Lady Panthers defeated New Albany, 66-49, on Saturday. Leading 15-5 after the opening quarter, Corydon Central was able to gradually extend its lead for the victory.
Three different players reached double-figure scoring: Oliver (15), Chambers (14) and Rothrock (11). Mosley chipped in nine points, while Frederick had eight.
Corydon Central will hit the road Friday to take on defending Class 4A state champion Bedford North Lawrence.