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North Harrison’s Kayla Lambert flies over Corydon Central’s Kayla Uhl as she tries to swipe the ball in the second half. The Lady Panthers pulled out a 59-51 win. Photo by Wade Bell

Corydon takes down Lady Cats, 59-51

Shoot for Cure nets $4,000

January 26, 2011
It was a win for both the Corydon Central Lady Panthers and the Harrison County Chapter of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life last Tuesday night in the Shoot for the Cure game at North Harrison High School. Corydon Central came out with a 59-51 win and the Relay For Life gathered $4,000 to help in the search for a cure for cancer.

"The story of the night is the Relay game," Corydon Central coach Mike Uhl said. "The rest of it is not the story. The most important thing that happened out there tonight was that.

"I'm proud of the girls. The girls sold about 250 shirts. With all of the snow days when we weren't in school and Martin Luther King Day, they did a fantastic job. (North Harrison's) Hal (Pearson) and Amber Sater, and Kate Fleece from our school, they did a lot of the work. We just kind of sold some shirts and brought a couple of basketballs and a vase from Kerry (Zimmerman). They did a lot of the work, and they get a lot of the credit for this. Next year, it's at our place."

"When I took the idea to Mike back towards the summer, he was really receptive to the idea of it and worked with us on it," said Pearson, the coach of the Lady Cats. "I was pleased with the turnout and everybody that came out. We lost tonight, but, hopefully, at some point in time, there will be a win that comes out of a game that's a little bigger than the game itself."

In the game on the floor, the hands of the Lady Panthers were a lot warmer than those of North Harrison. The Lady Cats canned just one of their nine shots in the first period while Corydon Central put in 8 of 17 to take a 17-6 lead.

North Harrison did somewhat better in the second quarter, hitting four straight shots midway through the period, with Rebekah Stephenson drilling a three-ball to close the gap to 23-16.

The next few minutes saw a swap meet between the two teams, then Kendra Lambert swished a three to pull North Harrison within six.

Corydon Central's Kayla Uhl got the last points of the half from the stripe, as the Lady Panthers took a 31-23 lead to the locker room at the break.

"It was a slow start for both teams," Pearson said. "There was a big crowd. It was a good atmosphere. We missed some shots, and we just quit looking. The kids just quit looking to shoot, period."

"We let them control the whole game," he said. "We pressed them, and they beat us back. They scored every time we got burned on the back side because we just didn't get back against the press."

"We attacked real well," Uhl said. "You've got to give the guards credit on that. We turned and we attacked and found the open person. That was big for us."

Hillary Fonda and Emily Giles scored the first six points of the second half to pull the Lady Cats back within two, 31-29. Corydon Central answered with an 8-2 burst, as Symphony LeJeune and Rachel Deaton hit from behind the arc.

Stephenson buried another three for North Harrison, but Corydon Central finished the period with a 7-2 run to put its advantage back to double digits, 46-35.

The Lady Cats lit up the first minute of the fourth quarter with an 9-0 run to pull back within two, 46-44. Corydon Central, however, fended off the attack with a 7-2 burst, with five of those points coming from the free-throw line.

Stephenson and Fonda countered with a three and deuce, respectively, to get North Harrison back within two. From that point, however, it was all Corydon Central, who finished the game with six straight points for the 59-51 win.

"We have been playing decently well for a while, but we couldn't play well enough to win," Uhl said. "Tonight, we hit a couple of shots, and then we hit a couple of shots and it kind of makes you look a little better. That opens it up when you shoot the ball well."

"We made five field goals the first half," Pearson said. "Five field goals and everything else was free throws. We fouled. There's no doubt about it, but we just didn't move our feet. Most of the night our defense wasn't there at all. We didn't pressure, but, yet, we didn't cut off any cuts to the basket. We let people cut in front of our face."

Lambert led the Lady Cats (6-9, 1-4 Mid-Southern Conference) with 10 points. After going just 5 of 24 from the field in the first half, North Harrison finished the game at 14 of 47 (30 percent). The Lady Cats were 14 of 21 from the stripe and had 19 turnovers.

Pearson said Corydon Central's 1-3-1 trapping defense kept guards Lambert and Cassie Crawford in check.

"They got looks," he said. "They weren't good looks because we didn't have any ball movement. We just kind of threw it around up top. We never hit the middle and attacked."

"I thought they played hard and hit big shots when they had to," Pearson said of Corydon Central. "Their record doesn't indicate what kind of team they are. They're a pretty good team. They've played a lot of people pretty close."

Heather Uhl led the Lady Panthers (5-11, 3-4 MSC) with 18 points, and Savannah Eschbacher followed with 12. Corydon Central was 20 of 43 from the field (47 percent) and connected on 16 of 22 free throws. The Lady Panthers had 17 turnovers.

"Somebody has to take a little bit of control in a situation where there's a huge crowd," Pearson said of his team. "I can't scream the spots out the whole time. Somebody on the floor has got to take a little bit of that role and put people where they're going and notice what's in. We're struggling a little bit with that right now."

The Lady Cats played at MSC-foe Salem Monday night. They will continue conference action with a visit to Brownstown Central tomorrow (Thursday) and on Tuesday, Feb. 1, when they host Charlestown. Both games will tip at 7:30 p.m.

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