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CORYDON—Corydon frontliners scored several transition baskets as the Panthers beat Perry Central 53-41 in a girls basketball season opener Friday.
“I think one of the biggest things we had a hard time with was interior defense in transition,” said Perry Central Coach Ty Guillaume. “I thought our bigs would be able to keep up with theirs, but they outran us to spots in the first half.”
The Commodores also committed 10 turnovers in the first half as they fell behind 31-19.
Corydon used a 2-2-1 three-quarter-court press part of that half, but “a lot of our turnovers were just unforced miscues on our part,” said Guillaume.
“In the second half we played them even,” he added. “We cut (Corydon’s lead) down to eight points once and then caused a turnover. But that was as close as we could get.”
Brittany Parker led Perry Central with 16 points and Morgan Richardson added 14. Richardson hit 6 of 9 from the field, including 6 of 7 from two-point range.
The Commodores hit 33.3 percent from the field.
Megan Thomas, a 5-foot-5 forward-guard, led them with nine rebounds.
“She was very active getting in and closing off on the boards,” said Guillaume.
Parker and center Sydney Goffinet each added six rebounds.
Parker and Richardson each made three steals. No Commodore had more than one assist.
Perry Central will host South Spencer Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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Corydon won the JV game 36-20. Brynnan Underhill led Perry Central with eight points and six rebounds.