Corydon Central best at Edinburgh
The Corydon Central girls basketball team had to make room on its bus for a championship trophy Saturday night. The Panthers left Edinburgh as the winner of the 2020 Holiday Classic Tournament, defeating the host, 60-57.
It’s the first non-postseason tournament championship for the program since November 2017 when the Lady Panthers won the Battle at the First Capital on their home court.
On the opening tip, the Lady Panthers lost possession after the ball hit a Corydon Central player’s fingertips and bounced out of bounds. From there, not much went wrong for the Lady Panthers in the opening eight minutes. Corydon Central forced seven turnovers in the quarter, helping the starting lineup build a 14-0 lead to begin the contest.
“We played a little trap, and I don’t think they’ve seen many traps before, which was kind of fortunate for us,” said Corydon Central coach Michael Uhl. “It took them a while to adjust for it.”
In the quarter, the Lady Panthers were a perfect 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. However, they missed 18 of their remaining 25 shots from the charity stripe.
Corydon Central led 17-5 after one quarter, but the Lancers might have found a spark they needed to not give up in the final two minutes of the quarter. Edinburgh’s Destiney Ramey knocked down a three, making her the program’s all-time leading scorer. A quick timeout was called to give the home crowd an opportunity to congratulate the senior. Ramey led all scorers with 27 points, connecting on five three-point shots.
The Lady Panthers’ lead was nine at the half, but misses by the squad from 15 feet from the bucket and makes from the same distance for the host Lancers, who shot 24 of 34 from the line, helped Edinburgh continue to shave off its deficit.
“You have to give them some credit,” Uhl said about the opponent. “They played hard.”
In the final two minutes of the game, the Lancers found the net on four free throws in a nine-second span to make the game 55-52 in favor of the Panthers. Corydon Central responded with a 30-second possession that ended with freshman Ava Weber getting fouled. While she was 2 for 10 from the line already, she sank these two shots to put her team back up by five. Edinburgh turned the ball over on the inbounds, and Weber scored two more to put the Panthers in front by seven, enough to secure the win. The freshman led her team with 20 points.
“We’re not a bad free-throw shooting team,” Uhl said. “It’s the law of averages; you’re hoping it’s just going to balance out somewhere down the line.”
The Lady Panthers advanced to Saturday’s title game following a 52-43 win earlier in the day over Southwestern High School out of Shelby County and a victory over Jac-Cen-Del on Friday.
“It was good competition,” Uhl said regarding the three games in Edinburgh. “We got to work on some game situations that we’ve stressed over this Christmas break and, for the exception of the free throws, we handled those pretty well. I’m kind of pleased to be honest with you. Any win for us is going to be a good win.”
The Lady Panthers will return to action tomorrow night (Thursday) when they travel to Mid-Southern Conference-opponent Eastern High School in Pekin. The Musketeers are 9-7 this season and are coming off a 12-point loss to 4A Columbus East.
Corydon Central 17 16 13 14 – 60
Edinburgh 5 19 9 24 – 57
Corydon Central (11-6) – Weber 20, Harbaugh 15, Erwin 7, Wolfe 7, Willoughby 5, Anderson 4, Orme 2.
Edinburgh (9-4) – Ramey 27, Link 18, Crawhorn 6, Lollar 5, Hancock 1.
3-point goals – Corydon Central 3 (Erwin 1, Harbaugh 1, Willoughby 1); Edinburgh 7 (Ramey 5, Crawhorn 1, Link 1).