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South succumbs to CC’s sensational shooting

South succumbs to CC’s sensational shooting
South succumbs to CC’s sensational shooting
Travis Higdon of South Central, bottom, isn't sitting down on the job. He's just trying to figure out a way to find an open teammate as Corydon Central's Matt Key, left, and Chad Backherms (15) provide defensive pressure in Friday night's battle. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

There’s hot shooting, then there’s the seven-inches-from-the-sun hot shooting that Corydon Central’s boys basketball team exhibited in the first 16 minutes of Friday night’s tussle against South Harrison School Corp. rival South Central.
The host Panthers scorched the nets to the tune of 20 of 30 (67 percent) from the floor, including a blazing 10-14 (71 percent) beyond the 3-point arc.
In the first period alone, Corydon dropped in 33 points, hit 12 of 17 shots and drained six of eight trey tries.
South Central was just as searing, hitting 7 of 11 from the field, and 3-4 on threes.
While the Panthers cooled just a touch in the second half (and how could they not?), the amazing early output was more than enough to turn back South Central, 85-51, in the regular-season finale for both clubs.
All four Panther seniors ‘ Chad Backherms, Scott Decker, Matt Key and Lucas Taylor ‘ closed out their final home outing by scoring double-figures in the victory.
Key notched 18, including three triples, Taylor had 17 (with two threes), Decker had 16 points (three threes) and Backherms closed out with 12 (one trey).
Corydon coach Jamie Kolkmeier said the first half outburst was an example of what his team is capable of heading into this week’s Madison Sectional.
‘We can be really good. You can’t leave Scott or Lucas open, Matt is good inside and Chad is good, too. South Central was going to try and play fast and that just played right into our hands,’ Corydon’s first-year coach said. ‘We wanted to make a statement and play well heading into the sectional, and I thought we did that.’
The first period was played at a break-neck pace, with both clubs tossing up, and hitting, shots from all over the court.
A 9-3 spurt in the final 1:11 by Corydon helped give the hosts a 33-20 lead (notable because the Panthers managed just 36 points for the game against Silver Creek a couple of weeks ago).
Corydon Central continued the barrage from downtown in the second period, hitting four of six attempts from Trey-ville.
After an 8-0 run on a deuce by Decker, sandwiched between triples by Backherms and Taylor, South tried to come back with a three by Brad Holmes and a pair of frees by Travis Higdon.
But by the time the brief effort ended, the Rebels still trailed by 20.
Corydon closed the half with a 7-0 run to lead, 55-28.
‘We didn’t play a lot of defense early, but it seemed like every shot (Corydon) hit was 3, 3, 3, 3. We didn’t expect them to come out hitting like that,’ South coach Rob Murawski said. ‘That was hard for us to overcome.’
Several Rebel players were either suffering from a bout of the flu, or were overcoming it.
‘We just never seemed to have our legs under us,’ South’s coach added.
The rest of the game was academic, with Corydon cruising to the win.
Jeremy Smith added eight points off the bench for the Panthers, and Calvin Saulman, who suffered an ankle sprain in an earlier outing, played briefly to shake off the rust heading into sectional play.
In the third quarter he drained a buzzer-beating trey that spun around the iron six times before finally settling into the twine.
‘We just wanted to get him out there a little bit to give him some confidence in his ankle,’ Kolkmeier said.
The Panthers (14-7) wound up shooting 33 of 55 (60 percent) from the field, 12 of 21 (57 percent) on threes and sank seven of 12 free throw attempts. Corydon won the battle of the boards (31-25) and had six fewer turnovers (9-15).
South Central (11-10) connected on 18 of 46 (39 percent) shot attempts, drained four of 17 (24 percent) from downtown and went 11 of 15 at the charity stripe.
The Rebels were paced by the 12 points of Holmes, 10 by Cody Jobe, seven by Dustin Hornickel and five by Higdon.
James Crosier, Jacob Hentrup and Randall Hertle all chipped in with four points apiece, and Cody Simpson added three.