Skid continues for Panthers with losses to ‘Burg, Madison
Different teams, different venues, same result.
Corydon Central dropped both boys games this weekend, losing a heart-breaker at home against Mid-Southern Conference opponent Scottsburg on Friday and falling short in a comeback attempt against potential sectional foe Madison on Saturday.
The 1-5 start by Corydon Central is the worst under sixth-year head coach Randy Gianfagna. The last time the Panthers went through a sluggish start was under Gianfanga’s predecessor, Bob Pels, in 1996-97 when the squad went 1-12 and finished out at 4-18.
Against Scottsburg, the Panthers trailed by one after the first quarter and by six at the intermission, 38-32. The hosts rallied to take a one-point lead, 53-52, behind 12 third-quarter points by junior guard Kyle Savely, who finished with a game-high 27 points.
The Warriors (5-1, 3-1) led Corydon (1-5, 0-3 M.S.C.) 66-57 with 3:30 to go in the fourth quarter. Two turnovers and a Scottsburg timeout later, it was 66-64. Corydon would get no closer the rest of the way.
Scottsburg’s Daniel Watson scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter and 12 of his 20 in the same period. The Warriors outscored Corydon 14-4 in the first four minutes of the final stanza.
Scottsburg shot 24 of 51 from the floor and was 8-17 beyond the arc. The Warriors had seven fourth quarter turnovers (they finished with 13), but made up for the number by winning the battle of the boards, 36-31, and shooting 9-10 on frees in the final eight minutes (they finished at 15 of 19).
Evan Hutchinson tallied 20 points with three triples and Brian Roberts had 17.
For Corydon, which shot 26 of 63 from the floor, 6-18 from three-point land and 8-14 at the line, Kurt Savely drained a trio of threes in the first quarter and finished with four for 12 points. Jeff Conrad had six with Nevin Dunaway and James Yeager each finishing with five.
In Saturday’s game at Madison’s Conner K. Salm Memorial Gym, Cubs junior guard Corey Getz had the hot hand with five three-pointers in the first half to power the hosts to a 34-17 halftime lead. Corydon held Getz in check in the second half (zero points) and held Madison to just four second-half field goals, but couldn’t overcome a 22 of 24 second-half mark at the charity stripe by the Cubs.
Madison (5-3), which was coming off a hearty, 83-56 loss to Bedford the previous night, finished 26 of 30 at the line.
Corydon clawed to within single-digits but never got closer than eight as Madison took the air out of the ball and went to a high double-stack offense.
Lou Rohlfing, a 6-8 junior, was a force in the paint for the Cubs and had no equal on Corydon’s side of the ball. He scored 18 to pace the winners. Getz finished with 16 points and Gary Mouser wound up with 15.
Savely carried the high-scoring honors for Corydon again with 20, and Combs capped the night with 15 points. Conrad scored 10, Yeager five and Kurt Savely three. Nevin Dunaway and Eric Haub each had one field goal apiece.
The Panthers host the first round of the Jeffersonville Holiday Tournament Thursday night here. In the first game, which begins at 6 p.m., South Central battles Southwestern (Hanover) and Jeffersonville takes to the Corydon hardwood for the first time since the 1930s at about 7:30.
The teams will all finish out the new round-robin format on Saturday in Jeff: Corydon plays South Central at 10 a.m., Southwestern squares off against Jeff at noon, Corydon takes on Southwestern at 6 and South goes up against Jeff at 7:30. If team records result in a tie, the breaker is the head-to-head result in the tournament.
Jeff has never lost a game in the 12-year history of the tourney.