Panthers pounce on Creek, 70-59
Host Corydon Central continued its winning ways on Friday with a sound, 70-59 defeat of Silver Creek.
Panthers senior Kyle Savely tossed in 32 points, Kurt Savely added 15, James Yeager put in eight and Ryan Herndon scored seven.
Corydon improved to 12-7 and scored their seventh win in eight games.
Filling out the scoring line for the winners were Eric Haub and Josh Stepro with four points apiece.
Corydon’s victory gave the team a tie for fourth place in the Mid-Southern Conference with a 5-4 mark. The other teams at 5-4 were Creek and Salem.
‘I’m real happy,’ Panthers coach Randy Gianfagna said. ‘We made some plays down the stretch when it counted.’
Leading 41-39, Corydon ran an inside-out play that garnered a triple from Kurt Savely. Kyle Savely followed with a three and Herndon converted the three-point play to give the Panthers a 50-43 lead heading into the fourth period.
The final frame saw the hosts sink 10 of 15 free throws to solidify the win.
‘We put in a couple of new plays and ran them perfectly,’ Gianfagna said. ‘Plus, our defense was pretty good. We got contributions from everybody.’
Brett Bradley hit the first of his three first-half triples to start the game and teammate Kyle Barnett dropped home a deuce for an early 5-2 lead for the Dragons.
Kyle Savely got Corydon on the board with two free throws and added a deuce after a goal by Terry Roudenbush.
Leading 7-4, Bradley hit his second three for Creek’s biggest lead of the game.
Kurt Savely came to the rescue for his team with three unanswered buckets to tie it at 10-all.
Corey Jenkins scored two of his 13 points to end the run and Bradley sank his third and final triple of the night for a 15-10 lead.
Kyle Savely converted the old-fashioned three, and Andrew Ester ended the first period with a goal inside to keep Silver Creek ahead, 17-13.
Josh Stepro ignited a 12-3 run by the Panthers to start the second stanza. Kyle Savely had three buckets, Eric Haub scored inside and Herndon put in a basket for a 25-20 Corydon lead.
The Panthers continued to battle and extended the lead by two heading into the half, 33-26.
Each club put in 17 points in the third period and in the final frame Corydon turned back Creek’s rally attempts by holding the club to just three field goals in the final three minutes.
‘It was a big win against a possible sectional opponent,’ Gianfagna said. ‘This late in the season, you take any of them that you can get.
‘The slow start that we had, you never know why that happens. You just have to remember that these are high school kids.’
For the game, Corydon shot a sizzling 23 of 36 from the field and went 6-9 from beyond the arc. The club was a perfect 5-5 on triples in the second half.
The Panthers dropped in 18 of 25 free throws and out-rebounded Silver Creek, 24-22.
The Dragons, which had nine players score, sank 22 of 49 shots. The wheels fell off offensively in the fourth quarter, where the team went 5-20 from the floor and 3-14 on three-point baskets.
Each club had 14 turnovers.
Jenkins led Silver Creek with 13 points, Tyler Robinson scored 11 and Bradley and Barnett had nine apiece in the loss.
Silver Creek was still without the services of it’s star senior, Josh Lanham. Lanham has a slipped disk in his back and had missed the previous seven ball games.
Corydon 78, CAI 52
With no less than four coaches scouting the game, Corydon Central came away with a gritty victory over Christian Academy last night, 78-52.
Skippers from Scottsburg, Madison, Salem and Lanesville were all on hand to view potential sectional opponents and saw the visiting Warriors hang with the hosts until halftime.
After the break it was a different story: the Panthers outscored CAI in the third period, 24-7.
Senior Kyle Savley scored 17 and Kurt Savely had 16 for the Panthers. The rest of the box showed very balanced scoring for Corydon: Josh Stepro had a career-high 10 points (he was 4-4 at the free throw line), Kyle Dougherty and James Yeager each put in eight, Nathan Pedigo and Eric Haub had six apiece, Ryan Herndon scored five and Jonathan Robinson had two points.
Corydon continued it’s hot shooting with a mark of 32 of 59 (54 percent). The team out-rebounded the Warriors, 36-29.
Christian Academy was just 17 of 52 from the field, including a horrid 4-25 in the second half.
The Warriors hung around thanks in large part to a nice 13-14 effort at the charity stripe.
CAI was led by Caleb Stewart’s 11 points and nine from Wes Fleming.