Eagles, Panther boys win
Lanesville and host Henryville matched each other blow for blow in the early going of Thursday night’s big Southern Athletic Conference battle, but a late-game surge by the No. 8-ranked (Class 1A) Eagles proved to be too much for the hosts to overcome.
The 62-45 victory by Lanesville (16-3, 4-0) assured the squad of its second consecutive S.A.C. championship.
The Eagles, who were led by Kenton Acton’s game-high 23 points, close out the regular season this weekend with home games Friday versus Crothersville, and Saturday’s season finale against Crawford County.
Lanesville senior Chris VanHoose added 15 points, and David Lieber scored 12 in the win over the Hornets.
Henryville (10-7, 2-3) was paced by the 19 points of Ryan Boger.
CC wins a pair, again
After losing to Eastern, then knocking off Charlestown, Corydon Central head coach Jamie Kolkmeier said his team was ‘up and down’ in Thursday night’s 75-61 Mid-Southern Conference victory over Austin.
The Panthers held a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, then extended the margin to 35-26 by halftime. Though the eventual winners had a slow start in the third quarter, they still pushed the lead to 53-38.
‘(Austin is) very small and they play a passive zone, and we were passive early,’ Kolkmeier said.
For the game, Scott Decker pumped in 22 points with four threes, Chad Backherms scored 18, Lucas Taylor hit a three in first and second periods en route to 12 points, Calvin Saulman had Saulman 16, Matt Key scored five and Ross had two.
‘I would have liked to have seen our defense been better,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We gave them too many drives down the middle and too many second shots.
‘I thought we played good in stretches, but we didn’t play extremely well throughout. We’re still looking for 32 minutes. We scored 75 points but gave up 19 turnovers. I’m just looking for improvement in those areas.’
Corydon Central’s won one and lost one in conference play two weekends ago.
The Panthers played in their third overtime game of the season at Charlestown and came away with a 58-53 victory.
The host Pirates turned a 13-7 first-quarter lead into a 38-26 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But no stranger to adversity, Corydon Central found a way to come back, outscoring the hosts 21-9 on 15 points by Scott Decker in the final period to force overtime.
The visitors surged ahead in the extra stanza, outscoring Charlestown, 11-6.
Decker finished with a game-high 27 points, Calvin Saulman rolled in 13, Chad Backherms scored eight and Lucas Taylor had six.
The Panthers were shooting just 24 percent from the field before lighting it up in the final 10 minutes.
‘Decker got hot and Calvin made a few inside. Then we created some turnovers. Backherms and Taylor turned up the defense and Matt did a better job in the third quarter on rebounding,’ Kolkmeier said.
On Feb. 2, the Panthers lost a home game versus Eastern, 71-61, eliminating the team from a shot at the conference championship.
Corydon led at the first break, 12-11, but the Musketeers blew the game open in the second period by outscoring the hosts, 23-11.
Eastern had just five players reach the scorebook, but four were in double figures. Clayton Starrett pumped in 24 points on 7-9 shooting and a 7-of-8 effort at the charity stripe, and teammate Joe Newcomb came through with 18 points and nine boards for the winners. Josh Nale added 12, and Cory Love scored 11.
The Panthers were paced by the 23 points of Saulman, 12 by Decker, eight by Taylor and six each from Backherms and Matt Key.
By virtue of Scottsburg’s 63-54 win over Silver Creek, the Warriors won no less than a share of the M.S.C. title.
That being said, Corydon (10-7, 5-3) can spoil the Dragons’ bid for a co-champs title, should the Panthers come away with a win from Friday’s road contest at Silver Creek (8-8, 5-2).