Corydon ends 64-year skid vs. Red Devils
Most years, Jeffersonville’s boys basketball team ranks among the state’s best.
In fact, during the decade of the 90s, no other high school squad in the state of Indiana boasted of a better record than the Jeffersonville Red Devils, who were crowned state champs in 1993.
And while this year’s edition falls well below tradition at 6-13, picking up a victory against Jeffersonville is always a feather in the cap.
Especially when it hasn’t been done in more than six decades.
Corydon Central notched a 66-62 victory over the Red Devils last Tuesday. It was the first time the Black and Gold has come out on top against Jeff since 1942-43 season, a string of 31 straight losses.
To get there, Corydon Central (12-7) rode the backs of junior Calvin Saulman and senior Scott Decker, who each pumped in 18 points.
Lucas Taylor came through with 14 points, Chad Backherms added 10, and Matt Key scored six (all in the second half) in the winning effort.
The Panthers jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the first period, then extended the advantage by four heading into halftime, 27-23, despite a 12-4 run by the hosts.
Jeffersonville found its second wind in the second half, eventually pulling ahead with 5:22 showing in the third period.
Going into the final eight minutes, Jeff set the pace, 43-41, and was able to go up by four with just under six minutes remaining.
From there, the Panthers ‘ who shot a blazing 13-20 (65 percent) in the second half ‘ went on a 10-3 spurt to take a 56-53 lead.
Corydon never trailed again.
The Panthers were barely out-rebounded, 28-26, and turnovers were nearly awash at 24 for the visitors and 21 by the hosts.
For the game, Corydon Central shot 23 of 40 (57.5 percent), hit 6-12 threes and was nearly perfect at the line at 14 of 16 (87.5 percent).
In the pivotal fourth quarter, the Panthers were on the mark from the field, hitting 8 of 11 shots.
Jeffersonville was atrocious from the floor in the first 16 minutes, hitting only nine of 29 (31 percent). The squad warmed up in the second half at 16 of 31 (51.6 percent), but still wound up at a less-than-great 25 of 60 (41.7 percent).
The Red Devils were 3-15 on threes and hit just nine of 15 free throws.
Fresh off the milestone victory, the Panthers (12-7) closed out their Mid-Southern Conference slate with a 36-29 road victory over Silver Creek on Friday night.
It was the fewest points scored in a Corydon victory since the squad knocked off North Harrison (in overtime), 42-40, during the 1992 Crawford County Sectional.
It was also the fewest points scored since cranking out just 34 in a 43-34 setback against Crawford County in 2005.
Only five players scored for the winners, led by the 13 points of Taylor and eight apiece by Decker and Backherms.
Key tacked on four points, while Saulman was held to three.
Corydon led by one at the end of one frame, 5-4, then saw the game tied at halftime, 12-all.
Silver Creek, which was paced by the game-high 18 points of Michael Inman, held a one-point lead after three quarters only to fall in the end.
It was the sixth loss in seven games for Silver Creek (8-10, 5-4 MSC), while Corydon picked up its sixth victory in seven games.
The Panthers traveled to Christian Academy last night and will close out the regular season at home on Friday against intra-school system rival South Central.
Corydon owns a 10-2 record against the Rebels over the past decade.
The Elite Eight
Corydon Central’s wins over Jeffersonville, which owns a 65-8 mark all-time against the Panthers:
1918-19 ‘ CC 38, Jeffersonville 24
1927-28 ‘ CC 31, Jeffersonville 25
1928-29 ‘ CC 34, Jeffersonville 18
1929-30 ‘ CC 28, Jeffersonville 20
1929-30 ‘ CC 31, Jeffersonville 23
1935-36 ‘ CC 23, Jeffersonville 20
1942-43 ‘ CC 37, Jeffersonville 35
2006-07 ‘ CC 66, Jeffersonville 62