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Corydon tops Jeeps for third place

Corydon tops Jeeps for third place
Corydon tops Jeeps for third place
Corydon CentralÂ’s Chase Burton flies around Northeast DuboisÂ’ Chad Hammond in the first half of the PanthersÂ’ 60-54 win over the Jeeps in the consolation round of the Perry-Spencer Holiday Tournament Friday night. The Panthers placed third of the eight teams competing. Photo by Wade Bell (click for larger version)

The Corydon Central Panthers pulled away from the Northeast Dubois Jeeps in the fourth quarter to earn a 60-54 win in the consolation round of the Perry-Spencer Holiday tournament Friday night. The win placed the Panthers third of the eight teams competing.
‘I was kind of disappointed in our focus,’ said Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier. ‘Our intensity level, I thought we were just real lethargic in everything we did, from the way we moved our feet to the way we shot the ball, the way we were standing to the way we were sitting on the bench. I thought we were real lethargic. We didn’t have much energy tonight.’
The Jeeps controlled early, especially in the paint, scoring their first eight points inside for an 8-4 lead. Corydon Central finally responded with a 6-0 burst to lead by two. Tyler Haas scored inside for the Jeeps, but Corydon Central followed with six more to lead 16-10 after one quarter.
Northeast Dubois began the second quarter with a 7-2 run to close the Jeeps’ deficit to one, 18-17, following a deuce inside by Haas. Bryce Huebner then got in on the action, giving Dubois four triples in the period, with the last giving the Jeeps a 28-27 lead. Tyler Ross hit a long Panthers jumper, but Jace Terwiske put in two in the paint for a 31-30 Jeeps advantage at halftime.
Kolkmeier said Huebner’s shooting skills was a focus of the scouting report, and his players just got lost.
‘He’s a nice shooter and shoots it from deep,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We told them that before the game. We just got lost a few times and didn’t recognize him. We’re still losing that ball-man relationship sometimes, and it’s something we need to work on.’
The Jeeps led through the first four minutes of the third period, getting threes from Jace Gordon and Cody Knieriem to lead 42-35. Justin Yates brought the Panthers back into the game with seven straight points to tie the game. Haas got a Jeeps freebie, but Chase Burton swished a trey to give Corydon Central a 45-43 lead with one quarter left.
Corydon Central began the final quarter with a 6-2 burst to lead 52-45. The Panthers finally got some breathing room with an 8-1 run to lead 60-48. The final two minutes of the game saw eight turnovers by both teams. The Jeeps managed two threes before the end, leaving Corydon Central with a 60-54 win.
‘That was not a great ending to the game,’ Kolkmeier said of the late turnover fest. ‘The second half we at least helped a little bit better. We made it a little harder to drive, and we took away angles better than we did early. We were still short on a few closeouts. We’ve got to recognize shooters sometimes.’
‘We’ve still got to get better at rebounding the ball,’ he said. ‘We’re just not willing all the time to find a blockout and make contact and keep the guys away from the basket. We talked much better in the second half and communicated. That kind of comes with your intensity level.’
Brayden Lander led Corydon Central (4-4) with 17, and Yates followed with 15. Ross came off the bench for 14 for the Panthers, who connected on 26 of 55 field goals (47 percent) but hit just 12 of 26 free throws. Corydon Central had 12 turnovers.
‘I don’t know why we just haven’t done a good job of hitting those (free throws) the last couple of nights,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘That’s one more thing we’ve got to work on.’
‘Defensively, we’ve got to find some answers, and I think we’ve got to become a much better rebounding team,’ he said. ‘I think that should be our strength. We haven’t really outrebounded a lot of people. We haven’t been a dominate rebounding team yet, and I think until we become that and limit teams to one shot, I think we’re just going to be average.’
Jace Gordon led Dubois (4-5) with 16, and Bryce Huebner hit for 14. The Jeeps hit 20 of 43 field goals (47 percent) and six of eight free throws. Northeast Dubois had 22 turnovers.
‘They’re a team very similar to us,’ said the Corydon Central coach. ‘We knew they would have trouble guarding the dribble a little bit. We just couldn’t get enough spacing early. Even in parts of the third quarter, we couldn’t get enough spacing to make our cuts. We were too impatient.’
‘We’ve got to improve a little bit of everything,’ said Kolkmeier of his team at the halfway point of the season. ‘We make strides, and we’ve got to continue to make some smaller strides. Details are really going to matter in the way we close out quarters and games. We’ve got to get better there.’
In the opening game of the tournament, the Panthers defeated host Tell City, 57-45. They followed with a narrow loss, 59-55, to Crawford County. The Wolfpack improved to 9-0 when they defeated Heritage Hills, 59-57, in the championship.
With the win, the Panthers returned to the .500 mark. They will play Friday at Floyd Central at 7:30 p.m.