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Lady Rangers pull away from Corydon Central

Lady Rangers pull away from Corydon Central
Lady Rangers pull away from Corydon Central
Corydon Central's Madison Engleman tries to get around Forest Park's Mariah Morgan to press the Lady Panthers to the offensive end of the floor. Photo by Brian Smith

The team surging in the record column pulled out a 46-26 victory over Corydon Central last Tuesday.
Forest Park, now riding an eight-game win streak, used its inside presence on both ends of the court to limit the host Lady Panthers. With a trio of players listed at 5-foot-9 or taller, the group of Taylor Bayer (5-9), Rachel Hopf (5-10) and Karissa Wollenmann (5-9) accounted for all but 12 of Forest Park’s points.
It was the work inside, making 16 two-point field goals in comparison to only a pair of long-balls attempts, that proved the difference.
On the offensive end, Corydon Central started the game well, on a 5-0 run. Megan Rowlett hit a 3-pointer, while McKendra Fisher spun in the lane, finishing with her left for the Lady Panthers.
From that moment forward in the first half, Corydon Central managed only six additional points on two field goals and a free throw.
‘We had some open shots in the first quarter and the end of the half, but we didn’t hit them,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘Missing those hurt. You can see when we hit shots like in the fourth, we get going. We have to stick the ball in the basket early.’
Forest Park went to Hopf for six of her team’s 10 first-quarter points to lead 10-6 after one stanza.
Corydon Central began the second quarter well on offense, using five points from Cami Schmitt ‘ one field goal a 3-pointer ‘ to even the score at 11-all.
In the final 6:16 of the half, Corydon Central was held scoreless while Forest Park surged with six straight. Wollenmann scored a late field goal and a free throw to put the Lady Rangers ahead 18-11 at the break.
Forest Park carried the momentum into the second half. The Lady Rangers outscored Corydon Central 20-5 in the third quarter to pull away. Hopf and Wollenmann scored twice on second-chance opportunities. Guards Mariah Morgan and Shelby Louden shook free for buckets.
Corydon Central’s only points came from Rowlett and Kaitlyn Fleace.
Starting the final quarter, the Lady Panthers showed spark which was lacking in the early portions of the contest. A Fisher offensive board led to Rowlett sinking her third trey of the game. Gracie Paden provided energy with a drive and score for an old-fashioned 3-point play. The sophomore also had a steal and score along with another field goal.
The late surge wasn’t nearly enough to overcome a 22-point deficit. Forest Park went 6 of 7 at the foul line in the fourth.
‘We were down 20 when we started to show some life,’ Uhl said. ‘Forest Park was a real good defensive team. They have won several games in a row.’
Hopf led all scorers with 14 points, while Wollenmann scored 12. Bayer added eight for the Lady Rangers.
Rowlett’s three triples paced the Lady Panthers for nine points. Paden closed with seven points, while Schmitt added five. Forward Hayley Rennirt pulled down nine rebounds.
‘We have to do a better job getting them ready to play,’ Uhl said. ‘Mentally, we weren’t ready to go. As coaches, we have to do a better job.’
The loss was the seventh in a row for the Lady Panthers, who dropped to 9-10 overall.
Corydon Central will honor its lone senior ‘ Fisher ‘ at the home finale on Saturday versus Floyd Central at 2:30 p.m. One game remains (Jan. 28 at Crawford County) after the visit from the Lady Highlanders before sectional play commences.

Forest Park 10 8 20 8 ‘ 46
Corydon Central 6 5 5 10 ‘ 26
Forest Park (14-6) ‘ Hopf 14, Wollenmann 12, Bayer 8, Louden 6, Morgan 4, Blume 2.
Corydon Central (9-10) ‘ Rowlett 9, Paden 7, Schmitt 5, Fisher 2, Fleace 2, Edwards 1.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 4 (Rowlett 3, Schmitt).