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Smith's 30 leads No. 2 Floyd past Corydon

Keinsley breaks 1,000

January 27, 2010
Floyd Central junior Jennifer Smith came off the bench to score 30 points as the visiting Class 4A No. 2 Lady Highlanders, who also are ranked 23rd nationally, crashed down on Corydon Central, 63-44, Saturday afternoon.

Floyd Central vs. Corydon
The Lady Panthers did have something to boast about, however, as senior Jenna Keinsley broke the 1,000-point barrier two weeks before the sectional tournament.

"We still didn't play well. However, you've got to give Floyd Central some credit to that because they've just got weapon after weapon after weapon," Corydon coach Mike Uhl said. "They've got the post players. They've got the shooters. They've got the best point guard in Southern Indiana."

Floyd Central’s Camry Hinton (11) puts some heat on Corydon Central’s Heather Uhl, who goes to the deck in the first half of the Lady Highlanders’ 63-44 win. Photo by Wade Bell
Floyd Central (16-0, 5-0) went with a small lineup to begin the game, and Corydon looked to take advantage by keeping things tight. The Lady Panthers got the initial lead, but Floyd Central then went out in front. Keinsley kept Corydon within one with a deuce and three-ball. Smith then came in, however, and scored the next seven points, as the Lady Highlanders took a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Highlanders worked an inside-outside strategy in the second period with Mercades Bierman and Brigid Morrissey hitting from the perimeter and Smith scoring inside. Floyd Central outscored the Lady Panthers, 19-6, in the period and established a 34-13 lead at the break.

"I still think our kids came out of the box and rebounded very well," Floyd Central coach Joe Voelker said. "We pushed the ball inside to Jennifer very well and she was able to control things inside."

A big momentum switch came in the third period. After the teams swapped points through the first half of the period, Malea Dunaway drilled a three-ball to start a 13-2 Corydon run. Part of that run saw Keinsley drill a three from the left wing that put the senior over 1,000 career points with at least two weeks left in the season. Heather Uhl finished the run with a three to close the game to 42-32 with one quarter left.

"I didn't know how close I was," Keinsley said. "My mom didn't even tell me."

"She's only one of five," Uhl said of Keinsley. "We've had a big tradition since girls' basketball started here, and having girls score a thousand points, that's a pretty big accomplishment. We play a tough schedule. She didn't get a thousand points playing a weak schedule."

Voelker said his team's defense didn't have the same intensity as it did in the first half.

"In the second, we started off not pressing, and that's not who this group is," he said. "They score better feeding off their defense and doing some things off their defense and running down the floor."

Floyd Central turned that around in a hurry in the opening minutes of the final period, going on a 9-0 run to take a 49-32 lead. Corydon didn't have an answer, and the Lady Highlanders went on to the 63-44 win.

"I was proud of our kids," Voelker said. "I thought we played a great first half. We executed much better the first than the second."

Smith, with her 30 points, was the only Floyd Central player to finish in double figures. The Lady Highlanders connected on 23 of 53 (43 percent) field-goal attempts and 11 of 12 free throws while turning over the ball eight times.

"I didn't realize she had that many," Voelker said of his top scorer. "We did a nice job of looking for her and a nice job of getting her the basketball. We had her with 10 rebounds, also. So, she had another double-double. The kids did a nice job of punching it in, and it just made such a big difference. She's so long and able to get basketballs on the court that no one else can."

"She loves this gym," Uhl said of Smith. "I think she had 27 the last time she was here."

Keinsley led the Lady Panthers (3-13, 2-4) with 15 points, giving her 1,002 for her career. Corydon connected on 18 of 39 (46 percent) shot attempts and 7 of 8 free throws. The Lady Panthers finished with 21 turnovers.

Voelker said he's concerned about his team becoming somewhat stale on the defensive end.

"Honestly, I think we're kind of stagnating a little bit," he said. "We've got to get better on the defensive end. That's where we really spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We felt we made some strides, and I think, in some ways, we did the first half. The second half you could tell we were just following people around and trailing people, not in control of all possessions."

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