Corydon, North win semifinal matchups
Harrison County was assured a sectional champion Friday night as the Corydon Panthers and North Harrison Cougars took their teams into the Corydon Sectional final with wins over Salem and Silver Creek, respectively.
Corydon 73, Salem 63
The Corydon Panthers jumped on the Lions early, then had to fend off more than one rally against the team who had put away Scottsburg during the first round.
The Savely brothers, Kurt and Kyle, along with Eric Haub, got the Panthers on the right foot, as the threesome put Corydon in front 13-3, going inside against Salem’s 6-5 Andrew Hudson and 6-6 Mike Paynter.
Salem came back within five, but Corydon exploded for an 11-4 run and 24-10 advantage.
It was a lead that would, however, last only briefly.
Terry Griffus began to light the nets for the Lions, drilling a three-ball near the end of first quarter. Mike House started the second period with a three-point play, then Griffus racked up another triple.
Kyle Savely and Haub negated that with a deuce-and-one, but Matt Hudson stuck a deuce. Griffus buried back-to-back three-balls to tie the game at 27 with 3:35 to go in the half.
Corydon kept its composure and got a pair of singles from Haub. Chad Nelson countered those, but Corydon finished the half outscoring Salem 10-2 in the final two minutes, to take a 39-31 lead to the locker room.
The Savely brothers garnered 25 of Corydon’s first half points with Kurt getting 14 and Kyle 11.
Chris Amick and Andrew Hudson pulled the Lions within four early in the third. It continued to look good for Salem, as both Savelys picked up their third fouls by the 4:47 mark.
Nelson pulled Salem within two with a pair of triples and a single, but Corydon worked to push for some breathing space and was ahead by six at the end of the third.
Kyle Savely and Haub pushed the Corydon lead to double-digits three minutes into the fourth.
Salem made one more push but got no closer than seven, losing to the Panthers, 73-63.
‘Our bench was huge tonight,’ Gianfagna said. ‘Eric got us off to a great start and (Kyle) Dougherty came in and gave us some big minutes. When Eric gets going early, it frees up our outside guys. You have to play us honest, and that’s key. Jonathan Robinson, Josh Stepro, we had a team effort.’
Kyle Savely led the winners with 24 points, and Haub and Kurt Savely finished with 15 and 14, respectively. Corydon was 23 of 47 (49 percent) from the field, hit 23 of 37 free throws, and won the boards, 46-31. The Panthers committed 17 turnovers.
Nelson led Salem with 22 points, and Griffus came off the bench to score 14. The Lions hit 22 of 59 field goals (37 percent).
N.H. 54, Silver Creek 39
The second game of the Corydon Sectional semifinals between North Harrison and Silver Creek was one so subdued that the normally insane Cougar Crazies booster club found itself spacing out at times.
After sloshing through the first half, the Cougars finally pulled away for a double-digit win.
Only five field goals were put through the net by both teams in the first period, as North Harrison took a 10-7 lead after eight minutes.
The second period was about the same, with only another five field goals seeing the bottom of the rim. Blake Snodgrass put in the only field goal in the first four minutes of the quarter, but Terry Roudenbush got one of those back with a single. Zach Janes got a deuce at 3:45 for a six-point Cougar edge.
Following six combined turnovers, Corey Jenkins put up a deuce for the Dragons. Cory Beach countered for North Harrison, but Jenkins got one back. Blake Snodgrass hit a three-ball for North Harrison near the end of the quarter.
Silver Creek then misfired twice before the buzzer, and the Cougars led 19-11 at halftime.
The Cougars were just 7 of 23 from the field at the break.
‘We had great looks in the paint, and we missed a lot of shots,’ Rick Snodgrass said. ‘We were still up eight points at halftime. We told the kids we were in it at halftime because of our defense, and we felt like our offense would pick up.’
Silver Creek outscored the Cougars 5-2 to begin the third period. That quickly changed as North Harrison roared back, with John Shearer starting a 9-2 burst to push the Cougar lead to double digits.
Silver Creek cut its deficit to nine twice, but early in the fourth Blake Snodgrass got a deuce and Shearer added two more for a 37-24 Cougar lead.
Silver Creek didn’t see another single-digit deficit till Roudenbush scored in the paint with under two minutes to go.
The Cougars finished out the game with the final six points and took a 54-39 win.
Blake Snodgrass led North Harrison with 23 points, and Beach followed with 12 points. Cody Mitchell added 11 points for the Cougars, who hit 16 of 42 field goals (38 percent) and 19 of 24 free throws. North Harrison committed 17 turnovers, but won the boards, 38-31.
Kyle Barnett led the Dragons with 15 points, and Roudenbush finished with 12. Silver Creek hit just 14 of 50 field goals (28 percent) and didn’t connect on any of their 18 three-point attempts.