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Hot-shooting Brownstown skins Panthers

Hot-shooting Brownstown skins Panthers
Hot-shooting Brownstown skins Panthers
Chandler Lambring of Brownstown, left, went for the block on Corydon Central senior Kurt Savely in the first half of Friday night's Mid-Southern Conference opener for both teams. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Despite a 28-point outing by all-state candidate guard Kyle Savely, Corydon Central was simply unable to match up with hot shooting Brownstown here Friday night. The visiting Braves, ranked No. 5th in the latest Associated Press Class 2A poll, used a 16-2 run in the second quarter to charge past the hosts 72-56 in the Mid-Southern Conference opener for both clubs.
The Braves torched the nets on 23 of 45 shooting, including going 15 of 28 in the first half. The Brownstown buzzsaw put four of its five starters in double-figures in scoring and shot 11 of 28 from beyond the arc.
Chandler Lambring was 6-6 at the charity stripe and sank four triples en route to a 20-point effort for Brownstown. Clint Parker dropped in three threes and scored 16, Marty Young chipped in 12 and Eric Parker had 11 in the winning effort.
‘They shot the ball well. They went small and took out their big kids and had a JV kid step up and hit three threes. We had it down to five there in the third quarter and we took a couple of bad shots and didn’t get back defensively and that was the game,’ Corydon coach Randy Gianfagna said. ‘We’ve got some things to work on. It’s a good thing this is just November.’
The Panthers (1-1, 0-1 M.S.C.) opened up a nine-point lead midway through the opening period thanks to eight points from Savely and contributions from Kurt Savely, Kyle Dougherty and James Yeager.
Brownstown closed to 21-19 at the first stop thanks to a 12-5 run where the Braves exploited Corydon’s slow movement on three-point defense.
Kyle Savely’s three-pointer with 1:58 showing in the opening period wound up being the only field goal the hosts could manage until Eric Haub hit one inside with 3:53 left in the second quarter.
Along the way, Brownstown used a potent inside-outside assault to build a 35-24 lead.
Haub scored inside again and Kyle Savely added four free throws to close to within five, 35-30, but Brownstown junior Travis Maupin buried a deuce and a triple to give the visitors a 10-point advantage at the break.
The Panthers got off on the right foot to start the second half, with the Savelys manufacturing a 7-2 run to close within five points again, 42-37. The Braves countered with a 14-4 explosion in the final 5:34 of the third to hold a 15-point lead, 56-41.
Corydon could only pull back to 12 points as Brownstown went on to the Mid-Southern Conference victory.
Kyle Savely scored 28 points with three threes, seven steals and five assists, and Kurt Savely added 13 points. The remainder of the Panthers squad managed just 15 points.
‘We didn’t take very good shots tonight. I told the guys that I could see this coming after the Lanesville game and the way we practiced. They had everybody back and they shot well tonight and from the free throw line I think they missed just two shots. When you asked me early in the year who was going to step off the bench, because last year we had Kurt (Savely) and James (Yeager) and right now we don’t have anybody in terms of giving us scoring. We only got four points out of our forwards tonight, so that can’t happen,’ Gianfagna said.
Corydon shot 21 of 52 for the game and went 4-25 on three-pointers. After going 3-7 from beyond the arc in the first period, the hosts sank just one more in 18 tries. The Panthers were out-rebounded, 31-22, but committed fewer turnovers, 11-16.
Corydon returns to league play this Friday night as it travels to Ramsey for a brawl against county-, conference- and sectional-rival North Harrison (1-0). Tip-off for the junior varsity contest is 6 p.m.
— The pairings for the 13th-annual Jeffersonville Holiday Classic are as follows: at Corydon on Dec. 23 ‘ Southwestern vs. Jeffersonville @ 6 p.m., South Central vs. Corydon Central @ 7:30; at Jeffersonville on Dec. 27 ‘ South Central vs. Jeffersonville @ 11 a.m., Corydon Central vs. Southwestern @ 12:30 p.m., South Central vs. Southwestern @ 6:30 p.m., Corydon Central vs. Jeffersonville @ 8 p.m.
Ticket information will be released at a later date.