Corry girls basketball team hosted a region matchup this past Friday against the Lady Trojans of McDowell. McDowell won the game 49-18 but not for lack of effort from the Beavers.
The first quarter saw Corry battle McDowell and even have them rattled at points. Tayler Elchynski drained two three-point shots and Skylar Riedel added a bucket. McDowell would outscore the Beavers 9-8 in the first.
In the second quarter McDowell’s defense started to clamp down as the only point that Corry accumulated were three free throws from Riedel. McDowell would shut everything else down and outscored Corry 11-3 in the second extending their lead to 20-11 at halftime.
“We changed up our defensive plan and that had McDowell confused for a little while,” said head coach Rob Elchynski. “So that helped us keep it close in the first half. I thought the girls did a great job with our new scheme for doing it for the first time. You can see each of them getting more comfortable in what we are trying to accomplish. Kiran Bugbee had six rebounds, including four offensive boards.”
The second half Corry continued to struggle with finishing at the hoop as McDowell would pour it on outscoring Corry 12-2 in the third and 17-5 in the fourth quarter of play.
“The girls continue to play hard and battle,” Elchynski said. “I couldn't be more proud of them for that. With three of my top players out with injury, it requires the current starters to play a lot of minutes, with Rachel Brady, Elchynski and Riedel all averaging over 30 minutes a game. We continue to get better at execution, but we are still struggling with finishing at the hoop.
“It's a hard season this year because you don't get much practice time. We are playing so many games with no days or only one day in between, so between game prep and resting their legs, you don't get a lot of court time.”
Riedel led the Beavers in scoring with nine points. She also had seven rebounds, one assist and a steal.
Elchynski had six points, a rebound, one assist and a steal. Bugbee had three points, six rebounds, one assist and a steal. Brady had four rebounds, one assist and a steal. Although Brady was held scoreless, she did a nice job on their Division I recruit, Selimovic, holding her to 13 points.
“Kaylee Pierson had five rebounds. Haley Dyne and Kaycee Porter each collected a rebound,” Elchynski said. “Dyne and Reghan Trask were able to get some good minutes and both did a nice job defensively.”
Corry was able to get all their healthy players in the game, and It's always nice to get the JV girls into the varsity game.
Corry falls to 2-8 on the year and will need to take each game one at a time as they play five games in eight days.
McDowell 9 11 12 17 — 49
Corry 8 3 2 5 — 18