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Corydon takes down Lady Rangers

Corydon takes down Lady Rangers Corydon takes down Lady Rangers
By Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer

Corydon Central’s girls’ basketball team rode its offense early then its defense the rest of the way as they bombed No. 4 Class 2A Forest Park last Tuesday night, 57-34, to remain undefeated on its home floor this season.

Corydon Central (16-2), ranked 11th in Class 3A, hit four of its first five shots of the game, with three of those being beyond the arc, and never looked back in the blowout.

After going scoreless in the opening quarter, Corydon Central junior Ava Weber led all players with 18 points. Freshman Josie Vaughn scored 13, and junior Bailey Orme added 9 and sophomore Jaiden Cantrell put up six for the winners. Senior Chloe Cannon scored all five of her points in the second period.

“(Forest Park) did a better job covering the deep shots in the second half. When Forest Park came out, I think they were wanting to take out Ava and Jaiden in the post, and Bailey and Chloe and Josie came out confident and ready to shoot,” Corydon Central coach Josh Conrad said. “They’ve done that for the most part this year, but it was nice for them to not only step up and take those shots, but also to hit those shots.”

Lady Rangers’ senior Amber Tretter, who paced her club with 13 points on the night, scored all six of her team’s opening-quarter points and drew first blood 27 seconds into the affair, but Orme answered with a triple that was followed by an extra-pass-play from Weber to Cantrell and three-balls by Vaughn and Orme for an 11-4 advantage with 5:18 left.

Corydon Central didn’t hit another field goal until Cannon dropped home a bucket with 6:36 left in the first half, but the Lady Panthers’ defense was able to hold the Lady Rangers at bay during the dry spell. Then, Vaughn and Cannon knocked down triples for a 22-8 lead.

Forest Park got to within 10, 24-14, after Carley Begle had an old-fashioned three, but Weber followed with a personal 6-0 spurt and Cantrell added a goal to set the half-time advantage at 32-14.
The visitors never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way.

Corydon Central wound up 22 of 45 (49%) from the floor and 6 of 13 (46%) from deep. The hosts were 7 for 10 from the foul stripe.

Forest Park (15-3), which out-rebounded Corydon Central 28-22, shot 41% (15 of 37) from the field, was 1 of 9 on threes and went 3 for 10 at the line. The visitors were forced into 21 turnovers, however.

“You have to be excited the way (Orme and Vaughn) stepped into the gaps and applied pressure and didn’t get beat by it. This group averages a lot of deflections, and it’s not just the deflections. When that ball is loose, they are going to go get it. There are four or five kids who can maneuver themselves so well to get in there and grab a ball and get a steal,” Conrad said. “It’s a good statement game. The Tecumseh game I thought we came out not necessarily driven to go beat them. I felt like, for the most part this season, if there’s a challenge in front of them, they get their eyes open and they are hungry to go get that. I thought tonight they came out blitzing and were also able to get back and cover things. Just very active overall.”

The Lady Panthers have just three contests remaining in the regular season. They will close out the home slate Saturday afternoon against Floyd Central then travel to South Central on Monday and finish at Crawford County on Jan. 27.

Forest Park 6 8 13 7 – 34
Corydon Central 11 21 13 12 – 57
Forest Park – Tretter 13, Begle 11, Eckert 3, Werner 3, Gehlhausen 2, Welp 2.
Corydon Central – Weber 18, Vaughn 13, Orme 9, Cantrell 6, Cannon 5, Adams 2, Flanders 2, Groover 2.
3-point goals – Forest Park 1 (Werner); Corydon Central 6 (Vaughn 3, Orme 2, Cannon 1).