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LEOPOLD—Corydon forced some Perry Central turnovers and hit three three-point baskets in the third quarter to pull away from the Commodores 62-50 in a girls basketball season opener Friday.
The score was tied with four minutes left in the third quarter.
“Then we just started throwing the ball all over the dang gym,” said Perry Central Coach Bill Dickerson. “And they were just in a (1-3-1) half-court trap, the same thing we faced in the first half.
“Then they hit three or four three-pointers in a row. And it wasn’t just one person hitting them.
“I think we got a little tired—I have a feeling their depth caught up with us. We pressed the whole game because they had some trouble handling it, but it might have fatigued us.”
Because their guards were having trouble, the Panthers at times relied on 6-foot forward-center Meghan Bussabarger to bring the ball upcourt against the press.
“We just had trouble stopping Bussabarger,” said Dickerson. “She’s 6 feet tall and she can handle the ball and shoot from three-point range or go inside. She’s strong and she’s quick as a cat—she’s been to state in the (track) hurdles three years in a row.”
Bussarbarger led the Panthers with 20 points.
Junior forward-guard Hilarie Hahus led Perry Central with 19 points, including three three-pointers.
Lavina Schwartz added 13 points, including hitting 6 of 8 free throws.
Perry Central won the junior varsity game 25-17.