Silver Creek notches last run, tops Lady Panthers
The first semifinal match up Friday night in the North Harrison 3A Sectional was a wild one, featuring big runs from both Silver Creek and Corydon Central.
In the end, the final run was made by the Silver Creek Lady Dragons, who were able to pull out the win with a late steal, thus denying Corydon Central a chance to tie or win in the final seconds.
It was a slow start for both teams in the opening quarter, with little happening for either on the offensive end of the court. With the game tied at four in the closing 30 seconds, Silver Creek’s Lauren Polston drained two three-point field goals from the right corner to ignite the scoring and push the Lady Dragons ahead 10-4 at the end of the quarter.
The Silver Creek run continued into the second quarter, bulging the lead to 22-8 mid-way through the period, capping an 18-to-4 run. At that point, Corydon Central’s only field goal was a three-pointer from Gracie Paden.
The Lady Panthers picked up the intensity at both ends to close the half strong, pulling within three, 22-19.
Corydon Central continued the run into the second half, stretching it all the way out to a 19-0 run, behind two more Paden triples and interior buckets from Cami Schmitt. The Lady Panthers eventually pushed their lead to 33-24, the team’s largest of the game, after a completed and-one by Schmitt.
Haley Baxter put a stop to Corydon Central’s 25-2 run with a big three ball, closing the gap to 33-27. Another quick score for Silver Creek after a steal was matched with a drive and score by Corydon Central’s Hayley Rennirt. After the Lady Dragons closed back to within four, Megan Rowlett drained a three to push the lead back to seven, at 38-31 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter.
Silver Creek kept fighting back, however, and closed the gap to 42-38 at the break, with five consecutive points.
Just as Corydon Central did earlier in the game (and Silver Creek before that), the Lady Dragons went on a run that spanned a couple of quarters, scoring the first eight of the fourth to push ahead 46-42.
Allyssa Edwards put an end to that, however, with a jumper in the lane for Corydon Central.
From there, the two teams traded buckets before a big three from Schmitt put the Lady Panthers in front, 51-48.
It was the start of another run, this time 8-2, as two Rennirt free throws and one from Paden extended the Corydon Central lead to six, at 56-50 with three minutes to play.
The Lady Dragons continued the theme of the game, and closed it with one final run of their own.
Silver Creek pulled within three, 57-54, with possession when Kylie Wilkenson drained a deep three to knot the game and send the blue-and-orange clad fans into a frenzy.
After forcing a turnover, Silver Creek had the ball with less than a minute remaining.
Hailey Ramey was eventually fouled with 11 seconds remaining and calmly nailed both foul shots.
As Corydon Central pushed the ball into the front court, Jordan Balz back tipped it away from Rennirt and into the hands of Ramey, who hit ahead for a wide open layup by Abby Whitlock to essentially close out the game.
An 11-to-1 run put the finishing touches on a 61-57 semifinal win for Silver Creek, stamping a date Saturday night in the championship.
‘We didn’t execute very well down the stretch and they did,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘We’ve just got to execute a little bit better down the stretch.’
Uhl said his team continued to fight, regardless of the score.
‘We got down 18-4, and we fought back; we can’t fault our kids,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘Then they got down and they fought back.’
Schmitt led the way scoring with 18, while Paden pitched in 15 for the Lady Panthers. Rowlett tossed in nine.
Rennirt tallied a double-double, hauling in 15 rebounds and 10 points.
Corydon Central will graduate one senior McKendra Fisher, who collected six rebounds Friday night, to go along with a point and a steal, while playing the most minutes of anyone (29:40).
‘She’s a great kid. She’ll do anything you want, run through that wall for you if you want her to, she’d do whatever you need her to do. She’s done it for four years; was just a pleasure to coach.’
Silver Creek also ended Corydon Central’s season a year ago, which only had four wins. This year, the Lady Panthers reached double-digit wins, finishing 10-13.
‘We’re still playing some young guards; hopefully, we’ll progress this off season,’ Uhl said.
Corydon Central 4 18 20 15 ‘ 57
Silver Creek 10 12 16 23 ‘ 61
Corydon Central (10-13) ‘ Rowlett 10, Fisher 1, Schmitt 18, Rennirt 9, Paden 15, Edwards 4.
Silver Creek (10-14) ‘ Baxter 13, Polston 15, Booher 4, Ramey 10, May 9, Wilkinson 3, Balz 2, Whitlock 5.
3-point goals ‘ Silver Creek 6 (Polston 3, Baxter, Wilkinson, Whitlock); Corydon Central 6 (Rowlett 2, Paden 3, Schmitt).