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Battle tips to Lady Panthers

For the second consecutive season, the Corydon Central girls’ basketball team defended its home floor and captured the Battle at the First Capital tournament.
The Lady Panthers defeated Harrison County-foe Lanesville 64-42 in the semi-final before hanging on against Henryville 52-50 in the championship game of the four-team event Saturday.
In the final, Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said the team had to fight through foul trouble, including to leading scorer Megan Rowlett. Versus Lanesville, Rowlett notched 21 points but was limited to six against the Lady Hornets.
‘We were able to score 52 with Megan sitting most of the game in foul trouble,’ Uhl said. ‘They fought the entire game with foul trouble.’
Four of Corydon Central’s five starters had two fouls in the first half. Rowlett eventually fouled out.
To win the hardware, Corydon Central raced out to a 15-8 first-quarter lead. They eventually took a 28-20 advantage to the locker room at the half.
Henryville made a big run back but wasn’t able to get over the hump.
‘I wish we would have finished the way we should have,’ Uhl said. ‘We were up 10 with about a minute to go and won by two. (Henryville) hit shots, and we made some poor decisions. Give them credit; they knew what to look for every trip down the floor.’
Corydon Central was paced in the scoring column with 10 points each from Gracie Paden, Allyssa Edwards and Emily Harbaugh. Cami Schmitt added eight points, while Madison Engleman and Rowlett scored six apiece.
It was a return home of sorts for Henryville coach Josh Conrad, a Corydon Central graduate. His Lady Hornets came into the final with a 5-0 mark and were led by Hannah Nunn’s 24 points versus Corydon Central. She made four 3-pointers.
Corydon Central was steady at the free-throw line, going 10 of 12, with Paden sinking all six of her tries. Paden also had four assists and four boards.
‘We shot our free throws well,’ Uhl said. ‘We’ve got to get to the line more, and we haven’t done that yet, but there’s always tomorrow night.’
Clawing to the finish was something Uhl liked seeing out of his team. The Lady Panthers fell short to Brownstown Central in a comeback attempt to start the season. Sitting now at 3-1, the Lady Panthers have experienced both types of finishes.
‘They pulled it out when they tried to give it away,’ he said. ‘It’s something we couldn’t do at Brownstown. We couldn’t get over the hump there even though we were on the opposite end there. Perry Central was the same way. We were up 12 and let them cut it to four before we pushed it back out. Any (experiences) like that will help out in the long run.’
In the consolation game, Tell City held off Lanesville 48-41.
The Lady Eagles had balanced scoring with three players reaching double-figures. Mckenzie Randolph and Peyton Sonner scored 12 points each, while Carmen Jacobs added 10.
Lanesville led by one, 10-9, after the first quarter but was outscored 17-7 in the second.
‘Again, the second quarter hurt us and I did not adjust the defense quick enough to defend (Kammie Joe) Hayes from scoring underneath,’ Smith said. ‘We didn’t hit our outside shots but did get numerous free throws from drives that helped us.’
Hayes had eight points for the Lady Marksmen in the key second frame. She closed with 16 points, while Emma Kohnert scored 15.
The second semi-final game was won by Henryville, 54-43, over Tell City. Hayes was on her game again, scoring 19 points. Nunn led Henryville with 15 points.
Opening the single-day event was the host Lady Panthers against Lanesville.
The Lady Eagles kept pace through the first quarter, trailing 20-15.
Lanesville cut the score to one, 20-19, on a Randolph-to-Jacobs feed for two points. From there, Corydon Central went on a 22-2 run.
From the outside, Rowlett hit five of her six 3-pointers in the first half. The six made triples tied a school record for a single game. She ended up with a game-high 21 points.
Schmitt also helped Corydon Central pull away, scoring eight of her 12 points in the second quarter.
‘I felt other than allowing the 3s to Rowlett and the unforced turnovers, we did what we needed to do to win,’ Smith said. ‘We lost the game in the second quarter as well as the Tell City game. For the most part, I thought we had a nice game plan against Corydon but we cannot allow the big quarter to happen.’
Lady Panthers’ freshman Harbaugh had a solid tournament, also scoring nine points versus Lanesville. Paden came up with nine steals, five rebounds and five assists to go with six points for Corydon Central.
‘Lanesville is improving,’ Uhl said. ‘They are obviously better than their record. I don’t know who put their schedule together, but they play a lot of 3A schools right off the bat. It’ll make them better toward the end. They compete hard.’
Jacobs led Lanesville with 16 points, followed by 14 from Sonner.
‘Overall, we got better as a team,’ Smith said. ‘It did not register wins, but I told the girls that we should have won, especially against Tell City.’
Lanesville will return to action tomorrow (Thursday) at Christian Academy of Indiana, while Corydon Central has a busy week. The Lady Panthers faced Paoli last night (Tuesday) then will host Charlestown on Friday before going to New Albany on Saturday.

Semi-final, Game 1
Corydon Central 20 22 13 9 ‘ 64
Lanesville 15 6 15 6 ‘ 42
Corydon Central (2-1) ‘ Rowlett 21, Schmitt 12, Harbaugh 9, Edwards 7, Paden 6, Carver 4, Engleman 2, Moore 2, Fessel 1.
Lanesville (0-4) ‘ Jacobs 16, Sonner 14, Randolph 5, Pavey 3, Philpott 2, Richmer 2.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 8 (Rowlett 6, Schmitt, Edwards); Lanesville 4 (Sonner 2, Jacobs, Pavey).

Semi-final, Game 2
Tell City 13 8 4 18 ‘ 43
Henryville 12 10 14 18 ‘ 54
Tell City (1-2) ‘ Hayes 19, Kohnert 9, Fackler 5, Goffinet 4, Mathena 4, Kreilein 2.
Henryville (5-0) ‘ Nunn 15, Easton 14, Hensley 9, Ottersbach 6, Nipper 6, Kearney 2, Horn 2.
3-point goals ‘ Tell City 1 (Kohnert); Henryville 2 (Nunn, Hensley).

Lanesville 10 7 8 16 ‘ 41
Tell City 9 17 12 10 ‘ 48
Lanesville (0-5) ‘ Randolph 12, Sonner 12, Jacobs 10, Philpott 2, Miller 2, Richmer 2, Pavey 1.
Tell City (2-2) ‘ Hayes 16, Kohnert 15, Goffinet 6, Kreilein 5, Fackler 3, Mathena 3.
3-point goals ‘ Lanesville 5 (Randolph 2, Sonner, Jacobs); Tell City 1 (Kreilein).

Henryville 8 12 13 17 ‘ 50
Corydon Central 15 13 9 15 ‘ 52
Henryville (5-1) ‘ Nunn 24, Easton 10, Hensley 9, Ottersbach 7.
Corydon Central (3-1) ‘ Paden 10, Edwards 10, Harbaugh 10, Schmitt 8, Rowlett 6, Engleman 6, Carver 2.
3-point goals ‘ Henryville 4 (Nunn 4); Corydon Central 6 (Edwards 2, Rowlett 2, Schmitt, Engleman)