Late FTs push Lady Pirates over Lady Panthers
Through the first few weeks of the girls’ basketball season, it’s becoming evident the Mid-Southern Conference is going to have some battles when league squads meet up with one another.
Friday night in Corydon, the host Lady Panthers took control of the game early against Charlestown. Opening the contest with an 8-0 lead, Corydon Central never expanded its largest lead beyond 11 points. Instead, Charlestown hung around and eventually pulled off a comeback win.
A pair of Peyton Crace free throws with 5.4 seconds left gave Charlestown its only lead of the night over Corydon Central, which held for a 41-39 final score.
‘We didn’t finish the game when we needed to,’ Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl said. ‘It’s something we will talk about.’
The needle didn’t move much in one direction or the other in the fourth quarter. Coming off an Emily Harbaugh screen, Cami Schmitt put down a triple near the midway point for a 34-40 Corydon Central lead. Twenty seconds later, Charlestown’s Jackie Biscardi retaliated with a long ball of her own.
Opening the advantage back to five, Harbaugh took a skip pass to nail a 3-pointer from in front of the Lady Panthers’ bench.
During the final 2:28, Corydon Central only added two more points.
On the opposite side, Biscardi came up with her second 3-pointer of the frame to put her team within two, 39-37, with 1:53 to go. Charlestown evened the score at 39 when Crace made two freebies after drawing contact on her way to the rim.
Corydon Central’s next possession ended with Biscardi coming up with a steal, prompting a transition run to the basket for Crace, who drew a foul. The finish didn’t come without some drama. After Crace made her free throws, Corydon Central’s Lillian Wolfe took the inbound pass and dribbled along the scorer’s table. Charlestown, with fouls to give before the bonus, committed one against Wolfe just before the senior got off a half-court heave.
Through the hooting and hollering from fans, officials called the foul on the floor. Uhl said the officials informed him Wolfe was fouled on her last dribble. On the final inbounds play, Corydon Central’s Madison Engleman wasn’t able to get off a shot in the final seconds.
‘It’s a good lesson on every single possession matters, offensively and defensively,’ Uhl said. ‘We talked after the game that our final two or three minutes were seven or eight possessions on either end that we’d like to trade and have it go the other way. We were not getting what we wanted, and (Charlestown) got what they wanted. It didn’t work out for us.’
It was a positive start for the Lady Panthers. Schmitt, Harbaugh and Engleman notched points to open the 8-0 lead. Crace scored Charlestown’s first points more than four minutes into the game.
From deep, Wolfe was rewarded for hauling down an offensive board when Katie Fessel found her for a 3-pointer and a 12-4 lead.
The largest lead for Corydon Central came at 17-6 early in the second stanza with a Schmitt trey and a pair of Wolfe singles. Making their move before the half, the Lady Pirates broke off a 10-3 burst before, including Samantha Matthews and Biscardi making 3-pointers.
A catch-and-fire 3-pointer from Schmitt and a Harbaugh put-back opened Corydon Central’s lead to seven, 27-20. From then on, Charlestown chipped away, led by drives from Karston Watson and buckets from Matthews.
For the game, Corydon Central shot 27 percent from the field. In scoring, Schmitt and Wolfe showed the way with 11 points apiece. Harbaugh added nine, while Grace Carver had five points. Engleman had six rebounds.
Charlestown’s top scorer was Matthews, who had 16 points. Crace tallied 12, while Biscardi had nine.
‘We did a pretty good job on Matthews,’ Uhl said. ‘We wanted somebody else to beat us, and (Biscardi) stepped up in the fourth quarter and hit those two 3s. They hit shots when they needed to.’
Corydon Central moved to 1-1 in the MSC, while Charlestown sits at 1-2.
‘I watched Charlestown play Silver Creek the other night, and anybody in the conference can beat the other,’ Uhl said. ‘I think North Harrison and Salem are a little above everybody else, but, the other schools, you better show up to play. It’s going to be a fight all the way through. We came up a little short in this one.’
Corydon Central will travel to Clarksville on Monday for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
Charlestown 6 10 10 15 ‘ 41
Corydon Central 12 8 9 10 ‘ 39
Charlestown (2-2, 1-2 MSC) ‘ Matthews 16, P. Crace 12, Biscardi 9, Watson 4.
Corydon Central (5-2, 1-1) ‘ Schmitt 11, Wolfe 11, Harbaugh 9, Carver 5, Engleman 3, Willoughby 1.
3-point goals ‘ Charlestown 4 (Biscardi 3, Matthews); Corydon Central 6 (Schmitt 3, Wolfe, Harbaugh, Engleman).