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Lady Panthers take two straight against Eastern

Lady Panthers take two straight against Eastern
Lady Panthers take two straight against Eastern
Photo by Brandon Miniard. Corydon Central junior wing Ava Weber has her eyes on the basket as she drives toward it during the Class 3A No. 11 Lady Panthers' 49-29 victory over Eastern (Pekin) on Saturday.
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

The first time the Corydon Central Lady Panthers and Eastern Lady Musketeers met this season was in Vincennes at the Niehaus Lumber Classic on the Vincennes University campus. The Lady Panthers and Lady Musketeers met in the fifth-place game of the tournament, won by the Lady Panthers 57-40.

After snow nixed the original rematch date on Thursday evening, the two squads reconvened Saturday afternoon in Pekin in a Mid-Southern Conference showdown. While the venue was different, the results were mostly the same as the Class 3A No. 11 Lady Panthers again defeated the Lady Musketeers, this time by a score of 49-29.

The opening minutes suggested that the rematch would be a far more contentious affair.

Junior guard Bailey Orme led the way for the Lady Panthers to start as she knocked down a pair of three-pointers, followed by four points from junior wing Ava Weber and a bucket from freshman guard Josie Vaughn.

The Lady Musketeers kept it close throughout the period with five points from Ava Sowder, a pair of buckets from McKenna Jeter and a basket from Madeline Lewellen. The hosts nearly took the lead in the quarter’s final seconds when Sowder got off a three-point attempt. The ball bounced around the rim before finally rolling off the side, leaving the Lady Panthers with a 12-11 lead.

Not comfortable with such a shot with a tiny lead, the Lady Panthers made sure such a scenario didn’t come to pass again as they started the second quarter on a 21-0 assault en route to a 23-point quarter. Sophomore forward Morgan Adams led the way with six points, followed by five apiece from Orme and senior guard Chloe Cannon, four points from Weber and a three from junior guard Bre Edwards. The Lady Musketeers managed only six points in the period, with four coming off Sowder free throws, followed by a Kyia McKinley bucket, before retreating to the locker room suddenly down 35-17.

Offensively, the Lady Musketeers were hardly any better in the third quarter as their only contributions came off a Jeter triple and buckets from Lewellen and Christina Knight. The Lady Panthers didn’t score much more in the period, notching five points from Cannon and four from Weber before going into the final period up 44-24.

Both sides were shutting down offensively in the fourth quarter as each managed only five points apiece. For the Lady Musketeers, those points came off buckets from Kyia and Kaylee McKinley alongside a freebie from Elizabeth Trueblood. The Lady Panthers countered at the charity stripe as Weber and Orme made five of their combined six free-throw attempts in the period to finish off their 49-29 victory.

The Lady Panthers’ defense came through against the Lady Musketeers, who failed to have a single player reach double-digit scoring. Sowder led the way with nine points followed by Jeter’s seven.

Weber, who became the eighth Lady Panther to reach the exclusive 1,000-point plateau during her squad’s first meeting with the Lady Musketeers, followed with a game-high 16 points. Orme and Cannon followed with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Lady Panthers continued their play-off tuneup when they hosted Class 2A No. 7 Forest Park yesterday (Tuesday). The Lady Panthers will travel to Madison on Saturday to confront the Lady Cubs in a possible sectional preview. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Corydon Central 12 23 9 5 – 49
Eastern 11 6 7 5 – 29
Corydon Central – Weber 16, Orme 12, Cannon 10, Adams 6, Edwards 3, Vaughn 2.
Eastern – Sowder 9, Jeter 7, Lewellen 4, Ky, McKinley 4, Jackson 2, Ka. McKinley 2, Trueblood 1.
3-point goals – Corydon Central 5 (Orme 3, Cannon 1, Edwards 1); Eastern 1 (Jeter).