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Winner Winner! Set and fire: Edwards sinks closer

Allyssa Edwards knew the play and the chances the final shot could come to her.
Although camped out at the weak-side wing, Corydon Central’s Edwards still wanted leading scorer Megan Rowlett to let go of the end of the game shot attempt.
In a fourth quarter that saw neither Corydon Central nor Charlestown lead by more than three points Friday night, the Lady Panthers needed the heroics of Edwards to put Corydon Central ahead for good.
Down two, 60-58, with 9.7 seconds left, Corydon Central’s Gracie Paden brought the ball up the left and passed off to Rowlett. Attacking toward the paint, Rowlett’s path was cut off, prompting the senior to kick out to classmate Edwards for an open 3. From the wing, Edwards swished the 3, her lone points of the game, for a 61-60 Corydon Central victory in Mid-Southern Conference play.
‘I was really hoping Megan would take the shot because she’s a way better shooter than I am, but I knew, when time came, I’d do the best I could,’ Edwards said. ‘It went in, and we celebrated the win as a team.’
It was a hairy final minute for the Lady Panthers. Charlestown took a 58-55 lead after a single Gabrielle Gagnon free throw with 31.9 ticks remaining.
Rowlett, similar to the final play, drew the attention of the Charlestown defense to even the score. She slipped the ball to the left corner for Paden to make her second 3-pointer of the game. Paden scored nine of Corydon Central’s 15 fourth-quarter points.
When Charlestown inbounded the ball with 15 seconds left in a 58-all game, Corydon Central went to foul. Cami Schmitt picked up her fifth foul, while Gagnon went to the line, making both tries.
‘I wanted to call time-out,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said of the foul. ‘A referee asked me about it the other day. Kansas did it versus IU. (Tom) Crean called a time-out up four after they scored. If you think your team is going to mess it up, call time-out. I was this close (to calling a time-out), but didn’t. I probably should have.’
Schmitt, however, was the first one to greet Edwards at mid-court when the final shot went down.
On the final play, Uhl said he wanted Paden to immediately attack off the dribble then move the ball to Rowlett if Charlestown helped off on defense.
‘She wasn’t supposed to pass to Megan with someone hanging off (Megan), but, if they helped off when Megan had the ball, she was to give it to Edwards,’ Uhl said. ‘Edwards was going to step in and be spotting up if the shot was there. We eventually got it to her. It wasn’t exactly how we drew it up, but it was close to it.’
Edwards didn’t mind the mob scene on back end of the center-court Panthers paint scheme.
‘We didn’t have an amazing season last year, but we came into this game knowing (Charlestown) beat Silver Creek by a lot of points,’ Edwards said. ‘We decided to keep our minds on our game and push for the win.’
Corydon Central had a tough time in the early parts of the contest keeping up with the drive of Charlestown’s Bri Harvey. The lefty scored all 10 of the Lady Pirates’ first points. Harvey went on to score 27.
‘Paoli had a left-handed kid Tuesday night score 32 on us,’ Uhl said. ‘We couldn’t figure out she was left-handed. Just don’t let her go left, and, again, Harvey did it to us. She’s good, and (Samantha) Matthews can shoot the lights out.’
Corydon Central kept pace with 3-pointers by way of Madison Engleman and Schmitt in the early going.
‘We have to get off to a better start,’ Uhl said. ‘The start of the first half and the second half wasn’t the best in the world. Maybe we aren’t ready to play in those situations.’
A pair of Harvey free throws gave the visiting blue and white their largest lead, 17-10, at the start of the second quarter. Then, Corydon Central’s offense started to click to the tune of a 25-point quarter.
Rowlett put in a four long balls. Engleman fed inside to Emily Harbaugh for a field goal. Schmitt returned to the 3-point party, hitting one of her own.
As the final seconds melted away before halftime, Paden nailed a triple for a 35-28 Corydon Central lead.
‘It always helps to shoot well to get going,’ Uhl said.
Charlestown scored the first seven points of the second half quickly to even the score. Corydon Central extended the lead back out to six, 44-38, when Harbaugh hit a jumper from the elbow.
Matthews brought Charlestown back with a triple, setting up the tight finish.
Matthews closed with 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers.
Rowlett paced Corydon Central with 17 points, while Paden and Harbaugh added 12 points each. Schmitt tallied nine points.
In all, the Lady Panthers made 11 3-pointers, led by five from Rowlett.
The Lady Panthers will stay in MSC action Monday when they travel to Clarksville at 7:30 p.m.

Charlestown 15 13 17 15 ‘ 60
Corydon Central 10 25 11 15 ‘ 61
Charlestown (2-2, 1-2 MSC) ‘ Harvey 27, Matthews 17, Crace 8, Gagnon 6, Kimbrell 2.
Corydon Central (4-2, 1-1) ‘ Rowlett 17, Paden 12, Harbaugh 12, Schmitt 9, Engleman 6, Edwards 3, Carver 2.
3-point goals ‘ Charlestown 3 (Matthews 3); Corydon Central 11 (Rowlett 5, Paden 2, Schmitt 2, Engleman, Edwards).

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