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Corydon Central’s Marie Rothrock, right, fights with Crawford County’s Brittany Smith for a loose ball in the first half of the Lady Panthers’ 50-40 win. Photo by Wade Bell

Corydon outscraps Crawford

February 01, 2012
Bodies hit the floor, bruises were counted and Neosporin had to be applied by the tubes as Corydon Central and Crawford County battled their way through the Lady Pack's final home game of the season Thursday night. After the war had ended, the Lady Panthers had come away with a 50-40 win as both teams make their final tweaks before the upcoming sectional.

"I watched them play West Washington, and the one thing (Crawford County coach) Alan (Cox) said, when we were talking before the game, that he wasn't very happy with the effort," Corydon Central coach Mike Uhl said. "I told him after the game, 'I tell you what, 'You got your message across to them.' I don't know what happened, but they played hard. He has to be happy with that effort right there. They were scrapping all over the floor, battling."

"You take the West Washington game out, other than that, we've played some pretty good basketball," Cox said. "We took Paoli down to the wire, down to the last four minutes. One thing we talked about in that last quarter, I looked up at the clock and it was about 4-1/2 minutes to go when we called a time-out, and I said, 'Ladies, right here is where we collapsed against Paoli. Let's finish this thing out.' We still got beat by 10, but we didn't do anything to hurt ourselves, and I thought we created and were the aggressive team."

Crawford County had some hot hands in the first quarter as it hit six of seven field-goal attempts, but Corydon Central had more attempts, also hitting six but adding some free throws to take an 18-15 lead after one period.

The Lady Panthers made a run in the second quarter with a 6-2 burst to lead 24-17. Mary Bolin scored inside for Crawford County, but Aly Chambers and Savannah Eschbacher put in a three and deuce, respectively, to give the Lady Panthers a 29-19 lead at halftime.

One person making the best of her senior night was Brittany Smith, who gave the Lady Pack a big lift defensively as well as five quick points early.

"Brittany Smith played outstanding tonight," Cox said. "Defensively, she really created some things and made some things happen. She was aggressive, looking for her shot and also off the dribble, and created some things for some other people. I thought her shot selection was pretty good."

Uhl ran a different variation of a box defense against Crawford County's Chelsea Jellison, but the senior broke away for eight points in the half, including a pair of three's.

Corydon Central pushed the lead to double-digits in the third period, as Marie Rothrock sank a pair from the charity stripe for a 33-19 Lady Panthers advantage. Crawford County, however, put itself back in the hunt, launching an 8-2 offense to close its deficit to 35-27.

Crawford County kept its deficit to single digits until the beginning of the fourth period when Symphony LeJeune drilled a three for a 43-32 Corydon Central lead.

The Lady Panthers held their double-digit advantage until the end for the 50-40 win.

"We were down at 10 at halftime and got beat by 10," Cox said. "A few things here or there we've got to clean up, and, if we can get those things taken care of, I think we'll be in pretty good shape. We're real happy about that."

Jellison led Crawford County (7-13) with 12 points, and Bolin followed with 11. The Lady Pack shot 40 percent from the floor and hit 7 of 12 free throws. Crawford had 24 turnovers.

"Our stats showed we out-rebounded them," Cox said. "We just didn't beat them on the scoreboard. They've got a nice ball club and play a good schedule."

Rothrock led Corydon Central (11-8) with 11 points. The Lady Panthers connected on 17 of 41 from the field (41 percent) while committing 22 turnovers.

"Corydon's a good basketball club," Cox said. "One thing I've been talking to the kids about the last two weeks is, we're finishing up our season against two teams that (are) good or better as anyone in our sectional in Corydon and Silver Creek. We'd like to think that's going to help us come sectional time."

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