CCJH nabs second title in three years
Riding an outstanding 27-point performance by Matt Carver and a 23 of 26 team effort from the foul stripe, Corydon Central picked up the Harrison County Junior High championship on Feb. 14 at Lanesville.
Carver was 13 of 13 at the line as the Panthers knocked off rival North Harrison, 52-38.
With St. John’s removing itself from the tourney due to the lack of a team, two games were played on Feb. 11, with Corydon besting South Central, 57-15, and North knocking off Lanesville.
In the championship the following Saturday, Corydon and North battled to a 10-10 tie in the first period before the Panthers built a 25-19 edge heading into the half.
The eventual winners retain the six-point advantage through three periods of play.
In the final stanza, Carver scored 10 and Adam Ward had four to lead Corydon to its second title in three years.
‘We were probably playing as hard as we played all year and as well as we had all year,’ Corydon coach Mike Biddle said. ‘Really, there’s not that much difference between us and North Harrison. We just got after it on both ends of the floor.’
Ward finished with 10 points for the winners, followed by Calvin Saulman’s seven, Nolan Brightman’s five (with one three-pointer) and Zach Hudson’s two points. John Stepro added a free throw in the second quarter.
Adam Kiesler scored 10 points to pace the Cougars, followed by Cody Johnson’s nine points and John Becker’s eight. Jimbob Schuler put in four points, David Geswein added three, and Jordan Byrne and Adam Hofmeister had two apiece.
Corydon (8-9) defeated North earlier in the season, 49-36.
‘Our record was kind of rough, but we lost several close games that could have went the other way,’ Biddle said. ‘We played Floyd Central tough in the Salem Tournament, and Salem, Pekin, Holy Family and Scribner all had nice teams, too. I think it just took a while for me to get used to the players and for them to get used to me.’
Biddle replaced last year’s skipper, Tim Dunaway. Dunaway moved to the 7th grade this season.
In the Panthers’ semifinal win, both Saulman and Carver posted 17 points in their team’s 57-15 thrashing of South Central.
Carver went 7-7 at the foul stripe, and Saulman was as good at 6-6.
Saulman had seven of his 17 in the opening period, when Corydon rocketed out to a 20-0 lead. From there, the eventual champs never looked back.
The Panthers had a balanced attack after Carver and Saulman: Ward scored five, followed by Brightman (4), Mike Pope and Isaac Brown (3) and Hudson, Stepro, Daniel Horton and Randy Becker (2).
Harrison County All-Tourney Team: Matt Carver, Calvin Saulman (Corydon Central), Kenton Acton, William Hambley (Lanesville), Adam Kiesler (North Harrison), Cody Jobe (South Central).