In a wild, back-and-forth night of girls’ basketball, Corydon and Scottsburg survived in the Class 3-A Scottsburg Sectional semifinals Friday night.
Corydon nipped Browntown 43-38, then the host Warriorettes held off Silver Creek 43-42. The Panthers (18-5) will face Scottsburg (15-7) in tonight’s 7 o’clock final.
* Scottsburg-Silver Creek: In an emotional game, the Warriorettes broke a 42-all tie when Katherine Wampler hit 1 of 2 free throws with 10.6 seconds left. She was fouled while fighting for a rebound after Silver Creek’s Alex Tinsley missed two shots around the basket.
Then Tinsley, who led the Dragons with 15 points, missed a 15-footer, but teammate Emily Clayton was fouled while fighting for the loose ball with 0.7 seconds left. With a chance win or at least tie it, Tinsley missed the front end of the one-and-one.
“I would want nobody else at the free-throw line — ever,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said. “It happens. It’s basketball. We would not have been in that position without her. She’s a great kid from a great family. Emily Clayton will be OK.”
Scottsburg coach Donna Cheatham said her team struggled without point guard Jillian Romero, who suffered a serious knee injury a couple of weeks ago.
“We terribly, terribly missed her,” Cheatham said. “We missed our point guard tonight. Somehow we found a way to get a win tonight.”
The Warriorettes appeared ready to run Silver Creek (16-7) out of the gym in the first quarter. With Scottsburg leading 9-7, Ashley Elliott hit four straight shots — including two 3-pointers — in the last 1:33 of the quarter to make it 19-7. That accounted for 10 of her 13 points.
Then the Dragons came alive in a big way. They went on a 20-3 run that spilled over halftime and led 27-22 after Alexis McFarland hit a 3-pointer with 6:03 left in the third quarter.
“These girls don’t quit fighting,” Schoen said, “but we were a little shell-shocked in the first quarter. We finally settled down.”
After the game, Schoen appeared quite angry and spoke to the officials.
“The only thing I’ll say is they need to be consistent,” he said. “But that isn’t why we lost the game. We had too many turnovers.
“I’m so disappointed because of the group of girls I’ve got. This is a fun group to coach. They just love basketball. They enjoyed being out here, and we grew together. I learned so much from them. I wouldn’t trade my deck of cards for anybody’s deck of cards.”
Cara Bulington paced Scottsburg with 15 points.
* Corydon-Brownstown: The Panthers hit 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter and made just enough plays to hold off the Braves (8-11).
Corydon led 39-38 and then Marie Rothrock and Taylor Frederick hit two free throws each to seal the outcome.
“Brownstown’s girls, they played well,” Corydon coach Michael Uhl said. “It took all we had to pull it out. … It’s all about advancing.”
Reagan Mosley led a balanced Corydon attack with 10 points, and Rothrock added nine. Presley Dmitriev led Brownstown with 10 points.