|Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:05 PM
|Issue of September 17, 2014
March 05, 2014 | 01:09 PM
The close to the regular season didn't go the way the Panthers envisioned.
Although Corydon Central battled from 10 down in the fourth quarter to force overtime against visiting Bedford North Lawrence, it was the Stars who escaped with an upset victory.
Seeing its eight-game winning streak snapped, the Panthers fell 68-64 in overtime Friday to the 4A team from the Hoosier Hills Conference.
"(BNL) played very well and shot (the ball) really well," Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. "We may have gotten caught up in the senior night stuff or a team with 11 wins just rolls over and let us beat them. We were a step slow, especially early when we gave up three layups in the first quarter."
Hot shooting and efficient play by the Stars certainly aided the chances of BNL knocking off the Class 3A No. 4 Panthers. From the field, BNL made 21 of 40 field goals, including an eight-of-15 performance from beyond the arc. The Stars helped put the game away with stellar free-throw shooting, going 18 of 21.
"We didn't contest shots very well," Kolkmeier said. "They have a couple good shooters. We were just really slow tonight with help-side defense. Hopefully, we can regroup and play well next week."
Fast starts to the third and fourth quarters tilted the momentum to the Stars. Four straight 3-pointers by BNL — three from the hand of Trey Turner — erased a seven-point halftime lead by the Panthers.
Going into the fourth with a 36-32 lead, BNL ripped off an 8-2 run, capped by a steal by Dillon Hensley under the Panthers' basket for two points. With five minutes to play, the Panthers found themselves deep in a 44-34 hole.
Life emerged through the Panthers' offense in the closing minutes of regulation. Timothy Wiseman kicked off the rally with a triple. The junior had a huge effort, making six of nine 3-pointers, leading all scorers with 22 points.
Brayden Lander, one of three seniors boys' basketball players honored before the game, cut the Stars' lead to five with a pair of free throws.
Within a minute span, Tommy Wiseman joined his brother in a barrage of 3-pointers to help the Panthers knot the game. Tommy, also a senior, hit two triples, while Timothy had one to even the game at 50 with a minute to play.
Turner put in a bucket with 35 seconds left, followed by Corydon Central's Bronson Kessinger scoring on his own put-back. With 10 seconds left, BNL put in a pair of Blaze Byrer free throws. The quick response by Corydon Central was Kessinger dishing to Lander inside for a deuce, forcing overtime.
"They showed some resilience there to get to overtime," Kolkmeier said.
In the overtime, much like the start of the third and fourth quarters, BNL jumped ahead fast. The Panthers had a lay-in lip out after the tip, prompting BNL to take advantage. Turner drew contact and sank a pair of free throws. On the Stars' next possession, Turner nailed a 3 to put the visitors up by five.
Not helping its cause, Corydon Central missed the front end of one-and-ones on two occasions in the overtime. Kessinger scored three field goals in the OT, along with Lander putting in two buckets. However, it wasn't enough to keep pace with the Stars, who made seven-of-eight free throws while making four field goals in the extra session.
"To be honest, we didn't deserve to win the game," Kolkmeier said. "We got outplayed in every aspect except the final three minutes of the fourth quarter."
Handling the ball well gave the Stars — the visitors turned it over six times compared to the Panthers' 14 miscues — a solid chance.
"We turned the ball over too many times," Kolkmeier said. "I thought we took way too many perimeter shots. We had some bad decision shots tonight. We didn't look to go inside very much. A lot had to do with how well (BNL) played."
BNL entered the second quarter with a 12-9 lead. Timothy Wiseman took over offensively for the Panthers. He had three triples in the second. He also had a steal for a lay-in to give Corydon Central a 17-15 lead. The lead grew with field goals by Mitchell Frederick and Kessinger. The run of play, outscoring BNL 12-0, seemed to give Corydon Central plenty of momentum at the break.
It was the 3-pointers of the Stars, however, that not only brought BNL back into the game in the third quarter, but also in control.
Timothy Wiseman shot seven of 10 from the field for his 22 points, along with three rebounds and three assists. Kessinger put in 16 points to go with five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Nearing a triple-double, Tommy Wiseman had nine points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. Lander contributed 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Grant Robinson joined Tommy Wiseman and Lander as the honored seniors.
"To this point, the seniors have got a lot done," Kolkmeier said. "They need to refocus and be ready to go for the second season. If you don't focus in the second season, you go home early."
Leading the way for BNL was Turner, who scored 18 points, making four of five 3-pointers. Byrer closed with 14 points and six rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scoring for the Stars were Morgan Cummings (12 points) and Matt Garrison (11 points).
The Panthers, suffering its lone February loss to the Stars, dropped to 18-3.
"Hopefully, we get the bad games out of our system and are ready to go," Kolkmeier said.
Corydon Central will open the Class 3A North Harrison Sectional tonight (Wednesday) versus county rival North Harrison at 6 p.m. The Panthers won the regular season meeting, 65-41, on Dec. 12.
Bedford N.L. 12 5 19 16 16 – 68
Corydon Central 9 15 8 20 12 – 64
Bedford North Lawrence (12-10) – Turner 18, Byrer 14, Cummings 12, Garrison 11, Day 9, Hensley 2, Stockman 2.
Corydon Central (18-3) – Ti. Wiseman 22, Kessinger 16, Lander 10, To. Wiseman 9, Frederick 6.
3-point goals – Bedford North Lawrence 8 (Turner 4, Byrer 2, Cummings, Day); Corydon Central 9 (Ti. Wiseman 6, To. Wiseman 3).