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Lady Panthers fall short in comeback bid

Lady Panthers fall short in comeback bid
Lady Panthers fall short in comeback bid
Corydon Central's Emily Harbaugh splits a pair of Silver Creek defenders during Saturday afternoon's game in Sellersburg. Photo by George Browning
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]

The Corydon Central Lady Panthers cut a 21-point deficit to 10 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get any closer as they fell, 59-48, Saturday afternoon at Silver Creek.

Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl credited his team for continuing to play hard even when things weren’t going the way it wanted. He said he was also impressed by the way his squad adjusted to the physical play of the Lady Dragons.

“We never quit,” Uhl said. “We knew it was going to be a physical game and we wanted to make sure we handled the physical play, and we did for the most part. We didn’t handle the physical play on the scoreboard, but we didn’t get knocked around on the floor. We’ve just got to learn how to finish off some shots and finish off some passes and some catches and ball handling while we are getting bumped around. We didn’t do that very well, and that led to some Silver Creek layups. Moving forward, I hope we are able to handle that a little better.”

Silver Creek took its largest lead, 48-24, late in the third quarter when junior Alana Striverson scored three of her game-high 19 points from behind the arc. Corydon Central’s Katie Fessel answered with a two-point basket, and Bailey Orme hit one of two free throws to trim the deficit to 21, 48-27, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Dragons continued to stay in front by a comfortable margin, thanks to a basket by Jaclyn Emly. Her basket kept the lead at 21, 50-29, but it also seemed to be a wake-up call for the Lady Panthers.

Emily Harbaugh hit a three and scored four more points, and Orme drilled a three that trimmed Silver Creek’s lead to 15, 56-41.

Corydon Central got even closer as Ava Weber got a steal and an easy layup with 2:45 remaining in the game.

A three by Lillian Wolfe trimmed the Silver Creek lead to 10, 56-46, but that was as close as the Lady Panthers would get.

Uhl said there were no significant changes in strategy that allowed his team to get back in the game; it was just things that didn’t go their way early started to during the fourth quarter.

“We just hit a couple of shots and got a couple stops,” he said. “I don’t think it was anything more than that. We didn’t change anything. We were just trying do things that are going to make us a better basketball team and hit a stretch where we did some things right.”

One of the things that went right was the scoring output of Harbaugh, who scored nine of her team-high 12 points during the comeback. Uhl said Harbaugh is a post player for his team, but he would like to see her go outside more often and take those open long-range shots.

“She hit a three for us finally,” he said of Harbaugh. “She can shoot it out there, but she is kind of hesitant just because she is not too comfortable. With her size, we have her playing in the post, but she needs to learn to step out there and hit those 15- to 18-foot shots. She can shoot it; it’s not anything she can’t do. We just have to get her more comfortable doing that.”

Corydon Central got off to a fast start out of the gate, holding Silver Creek scoreless for the first 3:23 of the game and building a 3-0 lead.

Once the scoring started for the Lady Dragons, the offensive flood gates opened. They outscored the Lady Panthers 18-7 during the remainder of the first quarter and then went on an 8-2 run to open the second quarter.  That put them up by 20, 30-10, and provided a cushion that would last throughout the game.

“Silver Creek sped us up,” Uhl said of the Lady Dragons’ first and second quarter runs. “Our plan was to not come down and chuck up a shot right away, and we did that on several possessions in a row and it cost us. It allowed them to get some easy transition buckets. We took some poor shots that didn’t go in, and they capitalized on the other end. Good teams will do that to you, and Silver Creek is obviously a good team.”

Corydon Central lost 54-28 early last week at Scottsburg and has a tough pair of games this week. The Lady Panthers will travel to Austin to take on the Lady Eagles tonight (Wednesday) and return home Friday to take on the No. 1 ranked team in 3A, the Salem Lady Lions.

“This has been and continues to be a tough stretch of games for us and, hopefully, we will survive it,” Uhl said.

 

Corydon Central              10  10    7  21—48

Silver Creek                      18  19 11  11—59

Corydon Central (6-4, 1-3 MSC) – Emily Harbaugh 12, Ava Weber 10, Bailey Orme 8, Autumn Anderson 5, Katie Fessel 5, Lillian Wolfe 5, Jessie Johnson 3.

Silver Creek (7-1, 3-1) – Alana Striverson 19, Kynidi Striverson 14, Jaclyn Emly 12, Emme Rooney 10, Sydney Sierota 3, Savannah Kirchgessner 1.

3-point goals — Corydon Central 4 (Harbaugh 2, Orme 1, Wolfe 1); Silver Creek 9 (Emly 2, Rooney 2, A. Striverson 2, K. Striverson 2, Sierota 1).

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