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Panthers’ struggles continue, fall to Dragons

Panthers’ struggles continue, fall to Dragons
Panthers’ struggles continue, fall to Dragons
A Silver Creek defender knocks Corydon Central's Garett Ross in the head as he attempts a field goal Thursday. (Photo by Brian Smith)

The struggles with the Corydon Central boys’ basketball team continued last week, particularly on the offensive end. On Thursday, the Panthers managed just 30 points in a 65-30 loss to Jeffersonville, then followed that with a 55-42 setback Friday against Silver Creek.
The Panthers didn’t lack offensive punch in the first quarter Friday, galloping out to a 14-6 edge. But from then on, Corydon Central struggled to put the ball in the hoop.
Silver Creek (12-6, 7-2 Mid-Southern Conference) took its first lead, at 23-23, of the game in the third quarter when Nick Townsend scored. The teams then swapped the lead several times, including Silver Creek extending the lead to 34-30 in the fourth quarter. Corydon Central didn’t let Silver Creek pull away so fast, rallying with a Garett Ross 3-point play to tie the game at 35-all.
From there, Corydon Central went cold for the next six minutes, only scoring seven points in that span. During that time, Silver Creek outscored the Panthers 20-7, putting the game away.
Calvin Saulman chalked up more than half of Corydon Central’s scoring, with 24 points, the lone Panther in double figures.
‘Calvin is having to do too much,’ said Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier. ‘We have to find ways to score and not rely on him all night.’
Saulman has picked up the load, especially after freshman Brandon Dunaway was sidelined with an injury mid-season. Kolkmeier said Dunaway goes to the doctor this week for an update on his condition. He said if the freshman is not cleared to play then, it’s likely he won’t see action the rest of the season.
Defensively, Kolkmeier was pleased with the efforts against Silver Creek.
‘We are just turning the ball over too much,’ he said. ‘We got good play out of our defense in the half court, but we gave up too many layups that came from run outs.’
Corydon Central turned the ball over nine times in the second half, resulting in easier Dragon attempts. Spencer Robinson finished with a game-high 28 points for Silver Creek. He was followed by Townsend’s 11.
‘We’re going to find out in the next week if we’re going to get better or not,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘That’s the bottom line. I’m not even in the mood to think about the (sectional) draw. I will say, despite the recent outcomes, I feel a positive has been our effort. It’s been pretty good lately.’
The Panthers (6-13, 3-6 MSC) look to rebound Friday in the season finale, when they travel to county-rival South Central in Elizabeth. Sectional play begins Feb. 27, with the Panthers taking on rival North Harrison.
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