Panthers win one, lose one
At the rate Corydon Central’s boys basketball team is going, the already-short haircut of first-year coach Jamie Kolkmeier will be even shorter ‘ or gone ‘ by the end of the season.
The Panthers dropped a heart-breaker on Friday in a Mid-Southern Conference battle at Clarksville, then rebounded with a narrow win over inter-county rival Crawford County on Saturday.
The weekend began with a one-point setback to the Generals, who got a last-second bucket by Josh Noe on an inbounds play to score the 49-48 win.
Clarksville was up by nine at the intermission and six at the end of three, then Corydon staged a furious fourth-quarter rally that fell just short.
The comeback looked to be complete when junior guard Calvin Saulman scored with 13 seconds remaining to give the Panthers a 48-47 lead. Noe’s deuce on an inbounds play proved otherwise.
The Panthers got 14 points from Scott Decker, 12 from Matt Key and 10 from Chad Backherms. Saulman finished with eight on the night.
The hosts’ hero, Noe, wound up with 12 points, and Josh Fisher chipped in 11 as the Generals improved to 8-4, and 3-2 in the league.
Corydon Central (6-5, 2-1) proved its mettle the following night as it was on the heavy side of a 64-62 score against the Wolfpack.
The Panthers jumped on the visitors early and often, outscoring Crawford 26-8 in the first eight minutes of the affair.
The Wolfpack scratched and clawed its way back into it by outscoring Corydon by 17 points over the final 24 minutes, but it wasn’t enough in the end as a three-point try at the buzzer by Bobby Berry was off the mark.
The Panthers put four players in double figures, with Saulman setting the pace with 19 points. Decker added 15, followed by Key’s 12 and Backherms’ 11.
Lyndon Jones scored 20 to lead the Pack, which dropped in seven of nine from beyond the arc in the final 16 minutes.
After two tough games last weekend, the Panthers will get a bit of a break this week as they’ll play just one game on Friday in a Mid-Southern Conference scrum at Salem (5-5, 1-1).