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Chemistry sought for Corydon

Chemistry sought for Corydon
Chemistry sought for Corydon
Corydon Central's Montana Brooks, left, and Bailey Money slide to dig a ball against Salem. Photo by Brian Smith

A general understanding of the periodic table is a tool key to passing a chemistry class.
Injuries piling up on a sports team, however, make elements of on-court chemistry tough to figure out.
The Corydon Central volleyball team has dealt with injuries ‘ some sitting out, while others play through ‘ during much of the fall season.
On Thursday, the Lady Panthers were neck and neck at the end of game one versus visiting Salem only to come up short. Taking control, the Lady Lions headed back north on S.R. 135 with a 26-24, 25-14, 25-21 Mid-Southern Conference victory.
‘We have three kids out with injuries, so we’re playing different kids and giving opportunities,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘No. 7 (Ashlyn Crawford) and No. 8 (Maddie Fessel) came in and did some good things. In volleyball, when you have so many line-up changes, you can’t get chemistry going. The balance on the court then gets lopsided.’
Late in game one, Corydon Central fell behind 21-17, prompting Briscoe to signal for a time-out.
Out of the pep talk, Brianna Harper hit a soft winner over the Salem block. Her kill set off a 7-2 Corydon Central scoring run. Corydon Central setter Haley Skinner saw a sneaky ace to an open spot of the Salem back row, bouncing off the floor. She also had a quick set go over the net for a winner.
A series of Salem miscues took Corydon Central to game-point, leading 24-23.
Rallying her team, Courtney Moon smacked two winners for Salem, including the game-point for a 26-24 win.
‘We can’t hold consistent play,’ Briscoe said. ‘They have trouble trusting their skills and trusting where we put them on the court.’
Game two was all Salem. Freshman Mackenzie Underwood put down several kills en route to Salem leading 19-5 at one point. Corydon Central middle blocker Chelsey Smith tried to keep her team close with a few kills, but the deficit was too much.
Smith carried her play over to game three. She had two early winning blocks, along with a pair of kills, to keep the game even at 10-all. Salem began to extend its lead with Moon tipping over a double-block attempt then a Sadie Soliday winner.
Salem’s lead grew to 16-11 before Corydon Central’s Brianna Harper put down a kill.
Trailing 23-18, Corydon Central had one more rally left. Slamming three straight kills by way of Smith, including the final one that had her jumping for joy, Corydon Central cut the deficit to two.
‘Chelsey Smith played a real consistent game but couldn’t get a lot of help around her,’ Briscoe said. ‘She’s passing, serving, digging, blocking, swinging; she’s really doing it all. Right now, my outside hitters aren’t playing with much punch or power.’
Back within two points, Corydon Central couldn’t hold off Salem. A tip by Moon and a kill by Gretchen Leis ended the night.
Moving forward, Briscoe said she hopes to figure out the lineup while holding off nagging injuries. She said they’ve had to cancel the freshmen/C team schedule due to bringing up players to fill roles on junior varsity and varsity.
‘It’s a lineup ‘ probably eight kids with injuries ‘ we’re trying to make work,’ Briscoe said. ‘It’s the way it is right now. You can’t get chemistry if you can’t get the same lineup out there every night.’