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Junior high Panthers knock off South

A couple of halftime adjustments helped Corydon overtake South Central in the championship game of the Harrison County Junior High Tournament on Saturday.
The host Panthers trailed at the intermission, 20-16, but they outscored South in the third period, 18-8, to pull out the title and repeat as champions, 49-37.
‘In the first half, I think we were just a little impatient, but that’s the game. We knew they were going to play a 1-3-1, and we just kind of came down and got the ball where we needed it there in the second half,’ Corydon coach Mike Biddle said. ‘Once they started chasing us when we got the lead, it helped us get the ball down low.’
Richard Armstrong scored 15 points and Jacob Schneider added 10 for Corydon, which finished the season at 13-7. The Panthers got seven points apiece from Chris Nichols and Chad Conrad and five each from Craig Whelan and Tyler Bube.
‘I love this group of kids,’ Biddle said. ‘They’ve worked hard all year, and it’s a long season from October until now. We’ve progressively gotten better as players and as individuals and, hopefully, some of these kids can go on and help out at the high school level.’
The two clubs battled back and forth through the first period, where Corydon held a slim lead at the first stop, 12-11.
South’s Clinton Keys dropped home consecutive three-pointers to give his club its biggest lead of the game, 17-12.
Armstrong and Schneider scored inside for the Panthers, but a deuce by the Rebels’ Josh Vierling and a charity toss by Travis Higdon kept South on top at the intermission, 20-16.
Bube notched the first basket of the third period, and Nichols had back-to-back steals and lay-ins to put the Panthers back on top, 22-20.
Keys connected on his third triple of the game to reclaim the lead for South, but over the final 3:11 of the period Corydon would take over the ball game.
A free throw by Nichols started the run, followed by a deuce and a three-ball from Whelan, a basket by Bube and an old-fashioned three-point play by Armstrong.
South’s Higdon interrupted the spurt with five unanswered points, but Bube hit another freebie and Nichols banked home a jumper for a 34-28 lead heading to the final six minutes.
The Rebels would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
‘We were a little more active in the paint there in the third quarter,’ Biddle said. ‘We just played a little flat-footed in the first half, and they took advantage of it.
‘Anyway, this is two in a row for us, and we’ll take it.’
South was paced by Higdon’s 14 points and 11 from Keys. Randall Hertle scored six, and Ethan Clem, Brandon Phipps and Josh Vierling all put in two apiece.
— Corydon Central’s cheerleaders won the Junior High County Cheerleading Championship.

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