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Crawford County coach Alan Cox, right, and assistant coach Mark Boone talk with sophomore Chelsea Jellison in the fourth quarter after Jellison fouled out. Photo by Wade Bell

Corydon surges past Lady Pack

February 03, 2010
For the first 16 minutes, it looked like Corydon Central and visiting Crawford County were going to go down to the wire in their Thursday night battle. The Lady Panthers, however, launched a major offensive in the third period and went on to secure a 56-42 win.

Crawford County vs. Corydon
"They wanted this game more than we did," Crawford County coach Alan Cox said. "That's what it all comes down to. Their kids were more aggressive, and they wanted this win a little more than we did."

"It wasn't very pretty, and I'm sure Alan said the same thing," Corydon coach Mike Uhl said. "I'm glad we came out on our end like we did."

Corydon shot to the lead with a 7-1 run, as Jenna Keinsley scored all of the Lady Panthers' point in the first four minutes. Crawford County's first field goal didn't come until 44 seconds left in the period, when Carolyn Pellman swished a three to shrink the deficit to three, 7-4, at the end of the period.

Pellman's shot began what turned into a 10-0 run for the Lady Pack, who took an 11-7 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter. Crawford County held that edge until Rachel Deaton and Keinsley got three straight deuces to push Corydon back in front, 15-12. Heather Uhl and Deaton stretched Corydon's lead to five, but Chelsea Jellison fired in her first three of the night and Crawford pulled within two, 20-18, at halftime.

"Offensively, I thought we got some pretty good shots," Cox said. "We didn't shoot the ball very well early. We shot a little bit better toward the end. For the most part, I thought we got pretty good shots and got shots we wanted. I thought we got enough shots to win the ball game, but you can't give up that many good shots like we did."

The third quarter belonged to the Lady Panthers, who were 7 of 14 from the field. Jellison tried to keep the Lady Pack in the game with a pair of three-balls, but Corydon pushed the advantage to 43-29.

"They had a couple of three-pointers on out-of-bounds plays," Cox said. "We didn't cover the corner. If you watch enough basketball, usually every team in Southern Indiana sends the inbounder to the corner of the floor. How hard is it to know that? That just sums up how we played the game tonight. We just didn't think about it."

Crawford County (8-10, 3-3) made one last run early in the fourth period, scoring seven unanswered points to pull within eight at 44-36. The Lady Pack could get no closer, however, as the Lady Panthers scored the last six points of the game for the 56-42 win.

Keinsley led the winners with 21 points, and freshman Deaton came off the bench for 13. Corydon (4-13, 2-4) was 18 of 46 (39 percent) from the field and 14 of 20 from the free-throw line. The Lady Panthers committed just eight turnovers.

Jellison led Crawford County with 18 points, and Toney followed with 10. The Lady Pack were 14 of 38 (37 percent) from the floor and 9 of 18 from the charity stripe. Crawford County turned the ball over 15 times.

"Defensively, we didn't play well at all," Cox said. "That's something that was really frustrating. When we got behind, and at times I had what I thought was my best defensive team in there, we should have been in somebody's jersey with them. We weren't. We'd stand and try to guard them five feet away from them. When I put kids in and we're pressing, we've got to get after people. Every time we did get after them, Corydon coughed it up. We only did that maybe one out of every five possessions."

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