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Big starts for Corydon

Big starts for Corydon
Big starts for Corydon
Corydon Central's Ashley Oliver draws a foul on her way to the rim against Perry Central. Photos By Brian Smith

Quarter by quarter, Corydon Central had the explosive starts needed to build a lead.
Against visiting Perry Central last Tuesday, the beginning of each frame helped lead the Lady Panthers to a 48-35 victory.
For the 7-0 first quarter, Allyssa Edwards started her 13-point game by peeling off a screen for an open look from Hayley Rennirt. Sneaking away with an offensive rebound, Gracie Paden kept a trip alive. The extra possession led to Ashley Oliver converting a 3-point play. Edwards added a field goal for a 7-0 start.
The latter half of the first quarter, however, went the way of Perry Central, which closed on a 7-0 run to equalize the score. With 23 seconds left, Sarah Spires netted a 3-pointer.
Regrouping between quarters, Corydon Central went on a 9-0 outburst in the second. Morgan Nalley came up with a loose ball, leading to an Edwards bucket. Oliver put in four straight points, then Edwards stepped out to bury a triple. The 16-7 Corydon Central lead resulted in a Perry Central time-out.
Corydon Central’s lead grew to 10, but a few late triples by the Lady Commodores made the half-time score tight. Long balls by Verna Schwartz trimmed the margin to three, 22-19.
Shot attempts came inside for Corydon Central but wouldn’t fall to further extend the lead.
‘We got the shots we wanted,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘We went up 7-0; then, the next six, seven possessions we got great shots but didn’t knock one down. We have to shoot the ball better.’
Corydon Central began to build better on its lead in the second half. Trapping out of the press, the Lady Panthers turned Perry Central over several times. In the first half, the Lady Commodores coughed up the ball 12 times. They added five more in the third.
Megan Rowlett, sending a pass over the top after a steal, found McKendra Fisher for a field goal. The bucket was part of a 6-0 third-quarter start.
‘Teams out west don’t see a lot of traps. They usually see a lot of man to man,’ Uhl said of his team’s defensive success. ‘Because they don’t see it a whole lot, they don’t work on it a whole lot. It worked to our advantage.’
Cami Schmitt started a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer. It ended with Edwards knocking down a 10-footer to give the Lady Panthers a 37-24 lead.
Corydon Central gave up a few field goals late in the third quarter but another fast start in a quarter ‘ 7-0 in the fourth ‘ pushed the lead to 44-29.
‘We had problems closing out quarters, especially the first and second,’ Uhl said. ‘In the third, we built a 13-point lead then gave up a few quick ones. We have to learn to finish quarters out.’
Edwards carried her hot hand into the fourth, making her third 3-pointer. Perry Central was held to six points in the final frame.
To go with Edwards’ 13 points, Oliver reached double-figure scoring with 11 points. Paden chipped in eight, while Rowlett added six. Rennirt contributed five points.
The win was the first of the year for the Lady Panthers.
Perry Central, led by Skyly Cummings’ 13 points, dropped to 0-3. Schwartz and Spires scored eight points each.
‘We need to build on this win tomorrow night in practice and then the next game,’ Uhl said.
Corydon Central made it two wins in a row with 40-30 victory Friday night over Clarksville. The Lady Panthers led 20-12 at half, but the visiting Lady Generals snagged a 1-point lead going into the fourth. In the final frame, Corydon Central outscored Clarksville 16-5.
Allyssa Edwards paced the winners with 15 points, making a pair of triples. Grace Paden scored seven, while Ashley Oliver put in six points.
The Lady Panthers have a pair of tough back-to-back games this weekend. They’ll travel to Charlestown on Friday for an MSC battle then return home to take on New Albany on Saturday. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Perry Central 7 12 10 6 ‘ 35
Corydon Central 7 15 15 11 ‘ 48
Perry Central (0-3) ‘ Cummings 13, Schwartz 8, Spires 8, Sprinkle 4, Underhill 2.
Corydon Central (1-1) ‘ Edwards 13, Oliver 11, Paden 8, Rowlett 6, Rennirt 5, Schmitt 3, Fisher 2.
3-point goals ‘ Perry Central 4 (Schwartz 2, Spires 2); Corydon Central 4 (Edwards 3, Schmitt).