Stewart, Eastern Pekin romp host Corydon

Stewart, Eastern Pekin romp host Corydon

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Stewart, Eastern Pekin romp host Corydon

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Rachel Stewart scored 21 points and Taylor Drury added 14 to lead visiting Eastern Pekin to a 56-38 victory over Corydon Thursday. The Musketeers improved to 12-4. The Panthers fell to 9-9.

With 3:30 to go in the first period, Eastern led 2-0. Both teams were playing aggressive defense but both were also missing open shots. But then the Corydon offense awakened. Allyssa Edwards hit two 3-pointers to help put the Lady Panthers in front 10-7. Bailey England’s score from beyond the arc tied it at the end of the period.

Corydon then scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 20-12 lead.

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“It was one of those things where we were just hitting some shots,” said Corydon head coach Michael Uhl. “We were trying to adjust to each other.

“We had a couple of defensive lapses, some specific things we had to tighten up, but I think the biggest thing was that we started playing with a little more tempo,” said Eastern head coach Michael McBride. “Once we were able to make the defensive adjustment and get some stops, we were able to run our break and create a faster pace.”

The Lady Musketeers reeled off nine straight points to finish the first half with a 21-20 advantage. Once again they finished the period with a made three, this one by Morgan Martin.

For Corydon, which had started the game struggling to score, suddenly points were very hard to come by again. Eastern scored 17 of the first 20 points of the third period to jump in front 38-23.

“They play man-to-man (defense) and they trap ball screens,” said Uhl. “Every one of our offensive sets is set up for a ball screen. It was a bad matchup for us.”

The Lady Panthers fought valiantly in the fourth period. With three 3-pointers, the last two by Cami Schmitt, they cut the lead to 47-38.

Unfortunately for the home fans, that was it as Eastern scored the game’s last nine points to win by 18.

For Corydon, Schmitt led the way with 13 points. Edwards added eight and Gracie Paden and Megan Rowlett scored six each.

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