Senior staff writer
Roncalli’s girls basketball team is once again discovering life on the court without leading scorer and playmaker Lindsey Corsaro.
The 6-foot senior missed three games earlier this season and was again on the bench cheering for her team while resting a stressed left foot and ankle. She suffered an ACL injury last season, which knocked her out of the state tournament.
The University of Kentucky recruit is fully recovered from that injury, which put her teammates in a far different position than they were Jan. 13 when Greenwood came calling. She just needs a little rest to cure her latest malady.
“I’ll play again,” Corsaro said before the Rebels faced the Woodmen.
Roncalli coach Stan Benge said Corsaro should be playing before the regular season ends.
“I’m sure she’ll be ready,” he said. “I feel sorry for the kid because she wants to play in the worst way, and this is her senior year. She wants to be out there more than anything. We need to make sure it doesn’t get worse.”
Roncalli (17-3) edged Greenwood 64-59 in a tale of two halves.
The Rebels jumped to a 20-4 lead, scoring early on several shots from within 8 feet, and the Rebels’ Ellie Bischoff nailed two consecutive 3-pointers for the final points of the first quarter. Greenwood trailed 34-23 at halftime.
The Woodmen (10-9) turned the game around in the second half.
Greenwood’s one-two backcourt punch of seniors Holly Hoopingarner and Jae Taft combined for all their team’s 19 points as the Woodmen cut the Rebels’ lead to 43-42. The Woodmen trailed 60-59 but missed shots late,and the Rebels closed with four consecutive free throws.
“I was pleased with the fact that they didn’t give up,” coach Taft said. “We fought and we battled them. We were able to put pressure on the ball handlers (second half), and we took up their space. I would have liked to have seen better execution near the end.”
Hoopingarner led all scorers with 26 points, Taft added 15.
Daesjah Ely, a 6-0 senior, paced Roncalli with 17 points, Bischoff scored 13.
“The first five minutes we showed you the way the game is supposed to be played, but we didn’t do that for the whole game,” Benge said of Roncalli’s early surge. “We had a good lead, relaxed a bit, and that made it harder to turn it back on.”
Corsaro named to McDonald’s All-American Basketball team
She will play for the East squad in the game March 30 at the United Center in Chicago. The 15th annual game features 24 of the top girls high school players in the country. Corsaro is the first Roncalli player selected representing Indiana in the 2016 game, joining Princeton’s Jackie Young.
A University of Kentucky recruit, Corsaro is averaging 26.9 points and 10.2 rebounds through 17 games. She has 1,755 career points and is 66 points away from breaking the school career record of 1,821 points held by Sarah Hurrle (1992-96).
The Rebels are 18-3 and ranked fifth in Class 4A state poll. They host Chatard at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the annual senior night game.