Battling until the very end of Friday’s Scottsburg Sectional semifinal game, Brownstown Central’s girls basketball team tried to take the lead from Corydon Central.
The Braves tied the game twice in the third quarter, but the Panthers took a 31-30 lead into the fourth quarter and never allowed Brownstown to take command in winning 43-38 to advance to tonight’s championship game against Scottsburg, a 43-42 winner against Silver Creek in Friday’s other semifinal.
Trinity Booher knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining in the game to pull the Braves within 37-36, and Brooke Ebbing knocked down a short jumper with 54 seconds left for a 39-38 score. But from there, the Panthers made four free throws, and Brownstown couldn’t get shots to fall.
“They played varsity all year, but you get a little bit of inexperienced kids in situations that they haven’t really been in before,” Braves coach Karla Rieckers said. “But I couldn’t be more proud of the effort that all the girls gave. They played extremely hard, and the Corydon coaches made a comment how hard the kids played, and I said we competed the whole time. So I couldn’t have asked for anything else.”
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