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Corydon takes bite out of Lady Pack

February 11, 2009
After playing a near-even game in the first half, the Corydon Central Lady Panthers used a third-quarter bombing to take a big bite out of Crawford County Saturday afternoon for a 49-37 win. For the Lady Pack, it was a Senior Day spoiler.

Crawford County's Chelsea Benham looks for a shot over Corydon Central's Heidi Zimmerman. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"We did what we wanted to do in the first half, but in the second half, we came out and were not quite ready to play defensively," Crawford coach Eric Toney said. "That cost us the chance to stay in it early, and then they're able to get a nice lead, which then causes us to react in a way to get us in a hurry and rush things. We're just not very good at that."

Chelsea Benham pushed Crawford to a four-point lead in the first quarter, but Meghan Bussabarger scored Corydon's first nine points to pull her team within two, 11-9.

A pair of three-balls from Katie Hayes gave Corydon a 16-11 lead, but Crawford bounced back to score the final six points in the quarter for a 17-16 edge.

In the second period, Bussabarger tallied all four of the Lady Panthers' field goals. The Corydon senior put the Lady Panthers out in front, scoring inside, but Kim Holzbog countered for the Lady Pack for a 23-all tie. Two possessions later, Bussabarger scored inside again, and the Lady Panthers took a 25-23 lead at halftime.

"We played a pretty good first half, not great, not perfect," Toney said. "We were patient and we were in our offense. Corydon did a nice job trying to take things away from us. We were still able to get some decent shots. We were still able to execute."

The third period proved to be disastrous for the Lady Pack, who turned the ball over on their first two possessions. Corydon's Jenna Keinsley converted in a big way, swishing with back-to-back three's for a 32-28 Lady Panther advantage.

Holzbog scored again inside for Crawford, but Bussabarger poured in six more Corydon points. Holzbog answered with another deuce to keep Crawford within 10 points, but the Lady Panthers finished the quarter with the final six points and a 43-27 lead.

Crawford (12-8, 5-1 Patoka Lake Athletic Conference) made only a slight gain in the fourth period and fell by 12 points.

"We kind of lost (Keinsley)," Toney said. "Instead of it being a two-point game, it's an eight-point game. From that point on, that's bad enough, but I think we got in a hurry and we tried to force things."

Chelsea Jellison led Crawford with 12 points, and Holzbog added 10. The Lady Pack hit just 13 of 40 (32 percent) field-goal attempts and 8 of 10 free throws. Crawford committed 16 turnovers.

"We haven't played in two weeks, and in the second half, it seemed like we got tired," Toney said. "I'm thinking it was more of an emotional fatigue because things were not going well. We were frustrated with some of our turnovers, and we were frustrated by how the complexion of the game had changed."

Bussabarger led Corydon with 24 points, and Keinsley cashed in for 14 points. Corydon shot 16 of 38 (42 percent) from the field and 10 of 15 from the charity stripe. The Lady Panthers made just 10 turnovers.

Crawford could meet Corydon (10-9, 5-3 Mid-Southern Conference) again in this week's Class 3A sectional in Friday night's bye round, but first the host Lady Panthers must get by Silver Creek, whom they played last night.

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