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Floyd pulls away from Corydon


January 28, 2009
Jennifer Smith and Camry Hinton combined for 45 points Saturday afternoon as the Floyd Central Lady Highlanders dominated the interior, scoring 38 points in the paint, to beat visiting Corydon Central, 65-48.

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Floyd Central sophomore Jennifer Smith gets two of her 23 points over the outstretched hand of Corydon Central's Meghan Bussabarger. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"We were able to get the ball in the halfcourt and do what we wanted to do," Floyd coach Joe Voelker said. "We've been handling the ball much better as the season's gone on. That's something we have improved with. We kind of like teams to press us now. We want to be pressed, so we can feed it on the other end."

The first quarter wasn't kind to the Lady Panthers, who missed their first six shots and connected on just 3 of 12, while the Lady Highlanders opened with a 15-2 run. Corydon finally found some grip and rallied to within 19-14 at the end of the period.

Smith scored twice inside to push Floyd's lead back to nine in the second quarter.

After a dry spell by both teams, Corydon's Meghan Bussabarger put in a deuce in the paint and teammate Jenna Keinsley sank a pair from the stripe to cut Floyd's lead to six.

With just seconds remaining, however, Brigid Morrissey looked to the corner to find Mercades Bierman, who drilled a three to send Floyd to the locker room with a 31-22 advantage.

"At halftime, we outscored them by nine, but I was pretty upset at how we came in at the half, because I thought we got away from it the second quarter," Voelker said. "I thought we got a little selfish offensively, not that it had to be a post (player) scoring, but everything should have been in the lane the whole game."

The Lady Highlanders used an 8-2 burst to take a 39-24 lead. Corydon failed to get within single digits, and Floyd went on to get its eighth straight win.

"It seemed like it just stayed at 10, and they cut it to six at one time," Voelker said. "(The win) came off going inside, and it came off Camry on the drive."

Smith led the Lady Highlanders with 23 points, and Hinton added 22. Floyd hit half of its 52 field-goal attempts (50 percent) and was 9 of 14 from the free-throw line, while committing just six turnovers.

"We would have liked (Hinton) to be a little more aggressive in the second (quarter)," Voelker said. "She came in and watched some tape with us by herself, and we showed her some things we thought she could do against them defensively. She did a nice job of just going to the rim."

Keinsley led Corydon (7-9) with 18 points, and Bussabarger added 17. After hitting just 5 of 24 field goals in the first half, the Lady Panthers made 7 of 23 in the second half to finish 14 of 47 (29 percent) from the field. Corydon did better at the stripe, making all but one of its 15 free-throw attempts. The Lady Panthers committed 17 turnovers.

With four games remaining in the regular season and the Lady Highlanders at 15-2, Voelker said his team has a chance to reach a goal set at the beginning of the season.

"We've matched last year's win total of 15, and we're tickled about that," Voelker said. "We're pretty pleased with where we're at as a basketball team. We just have to keep going. There's four games left and 17 is the school record, and that's our goal. We want to beat the school record."

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  1. girls game FC & CC
    February 01, 2009 | 11:59 AM

    Good game Jenna Keinsley

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