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Girls’ season tips week early

Girls’ season tips week early
Girls’ season tips week early
Corydon Central guard Allyssa Edwards, left, and Ashley Oliver are among the many returning players for the Lady Panthers this season. They'll begin play Saturday when they host Brownstown Central. Photos by Brian Smith

The day after Halloween, reminders to set clocks and watches back an hour prompted earlier sunrises and sunsets.
Sleep adjustments had to be made, but, in due time, most people handle the change well.
In girls’ basketball, the 2015-16 hoops season has moved up one week from its usual starting point. Games officially began across the state Nov. 1 with Lanesville and North Harrison playing one another last night (Tuesday) to kick off the local slate.
Back in May 2014, the Indiana High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved moving the girls’ basketball season. Shifting the calendar by a week allows the entire girls’ basketball state tournament to be played separate from the boys’ state tournament.
The vote also ensured the state finals in girls’ basketball will be played at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Officially, girls’ basketball practice began Oct. 19, the week of the volleyball sectional tournament and two days after cross country regional.
Locally, all four Harrison County schools played their final volleyball contest on either Oct. 22 (Lanesville) or Oct. 24 (Corydon, Lanesville and North Harrison).
Lanesville girls’ basketball coach Kevin Smith said the adjustment for his program may be to alter the basketball schedule.
‘I’m not a fan of it, being a small school,’ Smith said. ‘We weren’t in too bad of shape this year, but I think smaller school coaches are against this. A lot of our athletes will play volleyball then have to get five practices in (before playing basketball games). If they win a sectional, we wouldn’t have our girls at basketball for four or five more days.’
At North Harrison, coach Missy Voyles said she worked with volleyball coach Caitlyn Janes on understanding which girls could attend basketball workouts. Most were junior varsity volleyball players who didn’t make the sectional roster.
Scheduling has been a factor as well.
Corydon Central, Lanesville and North Harrison will kick off the season this week.
South Central, on the other hand, will begin play Nov. 19 when the Lady Rebels will travel to Seymour. Keeping the schedule nearly the same as years prior as far as dates opened coach Randall Schoen to have his multi-sport athletes involved in more practices before the first tip.
Within the Mid-Southern Conference, the schedule was shaken up in girls’ basketball. Typically, an end-of-the-year matchup, Corydon Central will kick off the year with Brownstown Central on Saturday.
Lady Panthers’ skipper Michael Uhl said originally the game was to be played on Friday night. Football sectional championships are slated to take place this Friday, which this season features the Braves.
‘Taking a week away from our season, we had to move our last week (games) from last season,’ Uhl said. ‘We thought at least one of our football teams would be in a sectional final each year, so it keeps from rescheduling every year to keep it on a Saturday night.’
Looking ahead, the girls’ sectional tournaments will take place from Feb. 2 through 6 with the state finals on Feb. 27.
Accommodations had to be made by the girls’ coaching staffs (boys’ games will begin Nov. 24).
The Corydon Democrat’s annual basketball preview, featuring each team’s full schedule, will be available Nov. 18.
The following are upcoming girls’ basketball games:
Friday, Nov. 6 ‘ Jeffersonville at North Harrison, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 ‘ Brownstown Central at Corydon Central, 7:30 p.m.; Mitchell at Lanesville, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 ‘ Providence at Lanesville, 7:30 p.m.; Perry Central at Corydon Central, 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 13 ‘ Clarksville at Corydon Central, 7:30 p.m.; North Harrison at Eastern (Pekin), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14 ‘ North Harrison at Charlestown, 7:30 p.m.; Lanesville at Tell City, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 ‘ Paoli at Corydon Central, 7:30 p.m.; Crawford County vs. North Harrison, 7:30 p.m.