Spark from bench not enough for CC
A lackadaisical and turnover-plagued first-half performance from the Corydon Central boys’ basketball team Friday night resulted in a deficit too much to overcome at Clarksville.
Despite a spirited comeback effort from five Panthers off the bench, the Generals hung on for a 64-46 Mid-Southern Conference win.
Down 11 at halftime, Corydon Central continued to struggle at the start of the second half. Clarksville’s Stephen Reeves converted a 3-point play early in the third quarter to give the host team a 33-21 lead.
In response, Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier went to his bench, replacing all five starters with a majority of junior varsity contributors. Dylan Harl, Ryan Coffman, Luke Burch, Austin Ellett and Tyler Shewmaker contributed immediately and played the entire 5:30 remaining in the quarter.
Three-pointers from Harl, Coffman and Burch ignited a 9-2 run that brought the Panthers within five, 35-30. Clarksville answered the two-minute spurt with the long ball. Nathan Masters and Jon Bramer hit consecutive 3-pointers. They sandwiched a Shewmaker bucket with a trey from Tyler Merchant.
Once Corydon Central fought back into the game, the long-range antics of the Generals gave them a 44-32 lead heading into the final quarter.
‘That was a nice run,’ Kolkmeier said, ‘but we made that with Dylan Harl and four JV kids on the floor.’
Kolkmeier returned to his starting line-up in the fourth quarter, but Clarksville was able to keep a consistent lead over the Panthers.
‘We weren’t ready to play, and I’ll take the blame for that,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We just weren’t ready to go.’
Reeves led all scorers with 21 points. Clarksville hit eight 3-pointers, including three from Bramer, who finished with 11 points.
Harl and Brandon Dunaway led the Panthers in scoring with 11 points each. Seth Rennirt contributed seven.
In the first quarter, both teams combined for 11 turnovers, but three Clarksville treys gave them an early edge. Corydon Central’s Casey Saulman had seven first-half points, but the Panthers trailed 28-17 at the break.
After the Clarksville loss, the Panthers bounced back with a better performance against Crawford County on Saturday. Corydon Central took the Wolfpack to two overtimes before falling, 89-82.
Up next for Corydon Central is a trip to Salem Friday night at 7:30.
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