Corydon not in giving mood in win over SC
by George Browning, Sports Writer [email protected]
Christmastime is supposed to be a time of giving, but, in the Corydon Central Lady Panthers’ trip to South Central on Dec. 17, that was not the case.
Corydon Central held the Lady Rebels to just one field goal in each of the first three quarters on its way to a 63-13 win.
Entering the game, South Central was winless, but Lady Panthers coach Michael Uhl said his team treated preparation for the game the same as it would if the team hadn’t lost.
“The games I watched South Central play was against Providence, which beat us, and Tell City, and they played both of those schools tough for 3-1/2 quarters,” Uhl said. “I wasn’t expecting an outcome like this. We scout and prepare for every team the same, and we never take anyone lightly.”
The Lady Panthers charged out of the gate. Grace Erwin got a three, Lillian Wolfe and Emily Harbaugh each hit two-point baskets and Ava Weber scored a quick five points to put Corydon Central up 12-0 with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
South Central’s Marie Goodwin ended the scoring drought with a three, but Corydon Central kept the pressure on. Harbaugh and Weber each scored again, and Katie Fessel scored four points to stretch the Lady Panthers’ lead to 21-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The nine unanswered points by Corydon Central to end the first quarter turned into a total of 21 straight before the Lady Rebels got their second basket of the game, this time by Kaitlyn Harl. The South Central basket was answered by a two from the Lady Panthers’ Jessie Johnson, pushing her team’s lead at the half to 30 points, 35-5.
Corydon Central’s dominance started on the defensive end of the floor. Uhl said in scouting South Central, the Lady Rebels shot much better from behind the arc than they did in the Dec. 17 game.
“In the two games I did see of theirs, they hit more threes than they did twos and that’s what really concerned me,” he said. “If they got on a hot streak where they hit four or five of those threes, we would have had a different kind of ballgame.”
Winning by such a wide margin allowed Uhl and his team to work on some things in game situations and get some other players more time on the court.
“We’ve been working on a couple of other defenses we could possibly play and, once we got a big lead, we tried to play those as much as we could,” Uhl said. “We have four kids who play mostly junior varsity, and I wanted to make sure they each got three or four quality minutes with four varsity players on the floor. There are a lot of positives from this, and one of the major ones is getting those kids those minutes.”
Weber paced Corydon Central with 13 points, and Erwin added 11, including three 3-point baskets. Uhl said he hopes that will ignite Erwin moving forward from the outside.
“Grace hit a couple of shots for us outside, and I hope that continues on, because we need that,” he said.
Even with a 50-point win, Uhl still noted some things his team needs to clean up as it prepares for the stretch run of the season heading into sectional. One of those was shot selection. He said his team has been working on ball movement and not settling for a quick shot.
“We’ve been preaching the last couple of weeks that we cannot take the three-point shot after only one pass,” he said. “I took the girl right out and explained it to her. I am hoping we got that corrected. We just can’t take that one-pass shot against teams like Salem and Silver Creek because, if it doesn’t go in, it leads to a layup on the other end of the floor. Those teams are so good they take advantage, and I hope we are getting that out of our system.”
South Central was led in scoring by Goodwin, who scored six points, and Lily Boley, who added five.
Moving forward, South Central will compete in the Brown County Holiday Tournament on Jan. 3. The Lady Rebels will play host Brown County at 10 a.m. Should they win that game, they will play the winner of the Bloomington South versus Beech Grove game at about 3:30 p.m. If South Central loses the game against Brown County, the Lady Rebels will play the loser of the second game at 2 p.m.
Corydon Central is also in a holiday tournament. The Lady Panthers will play in the two-day Johnson Memorial Health Classic on Jan. 3 and 4 at Edinburgh.
The Lady Panthers will begin play Jan. 3 at 3:15 p.m. against Jac-Cen-Del. If they win that game, they will take on the winner of the Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Hagerstown game at 7:45 p.m. The losers of those games will also play one another at 7:45 p.m.
Corydon Central 21 14 13 15 – 63
South Central 3 2 2 6 – 13
Corydon (8-6) – Ava Weber 13, Grace Erwin 11, Kayla Willoughby 8, Katie Fessel 6, Abby Russell 6, Emily Harbaugh 5, Jessie Johnson 5, Lillian Wolfe 5, Autumn Anderson 2, Bailey Orme 2.
South Central (0-11) – Marie Goodwin 6, Lily Boley 5, Kaitlyn Harl 2.
3-point goals – Corydon Central 6 (Erwin 3, Russel 1, Willoughby 1, Wolfe 1); South Central 3 (Goodwin 2, Boley 1).