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Corydon jumps on Pirates early for ‘W’

Corydon jumps on Pirates early for ‘W’
Corydon jumps on Pirates early for ‘W’
Corydon CentralÂ’s Bronson Kessinger throws down a dunk late in the fourth quarter against Charlestown last Wednesday night. The freshman tallied 15 points in the PanthersÂ’ win. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Plenty of buzz filled the gym after Brownstown Central’s win over Silver Creek in the opening game last Wednesday due to last-second heroics.
Indiana University coach Tom Crean’s pre-game arrival continued the buzz prior to Corydon Central’s tip against Charlestown.
Electricity then carried over in favor of the Panthers against Charlestown, who led from the start to oust Charlestown, 59-46. Using a fast start, the Panthers led 31-13 at the half.
‘It helps when you get a lead like that,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘The last couple of games, and the first half tonight, we were able to shoot it real well. We got it inside and outside and were able to shoot with rhythm.’
Quality shots came few and far between for Charlestown in the first half. Corydon Central forced six turnovers, with Panther big man Bronson Kessinger blocking four shots.
Kessinger opened the game with a field goal, followed by a pair of treys from senior Tyler Shewmaker. The lead later grew to 13-5 following a Kessinger blocked shot. After his block, Tyler Ross picked up the loose ball and went coast to coast to make a 3-point play after being fouled on a lay-in.
Up 15-7 to start the second quarter, the route seemed to be on when Corydon Central went on an 8-0 run, adding to the lead. Another Kessinger block led to a 2-point field goal from sophomore Brayden Lander. Ross added back-to-back field goals, including one on an offensive put-back. Kessinger closed the drive with a bucket, putting the Panthers up, 23-7.
‘Tyler Ross had a really nice first half,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘He made some really nice passes and really rebounded for us. He defended real well and was hard to go around. Bronson provided some good help inside as well.’
Charlestown was held scoreless in the second quarter until Aaron Daniel put in a field goal with 4:45 to play. In response, Panther sophomore Joseph Hinton knocked down a pair of triples to keep the Corydon Central pace in its favor.
Corydon Central closed the half with a field goal and a 31-13 lead.
‘We had a lot of contributions from a lot of people,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Joseph came in and shot it really well. We have to do what we do well. We can’t get caught up in the emotional aspect of the game.’
The lead ballooned to the biggest of the night, 35-13, when the second half started with Panthers buckets by Lander and Kessinger. The duo led a balanced scoring attack for the Panthers with Kessinger putting in 15 and Lander 13.
Ross was a point away from a double-double, scoring nine points and pulling down 10 rebounds. He also had four assists. Kessinger had seven rebounds, and Lander had six.
Charlestown attempted to make a run during the second half to get back into the game by way of the 3-pointer. The team tallied six in the half, including one from Gage Martin with 3:34 to play, cutting the Corydon Central lead to 10, 47-37.
The Panthers, however, didn’t have trouble scoring late, pouring in 19 fourth-quarter points. The final minutes of the game was highlighted by a Kessinger two-handed dunk. The win sent the Panthers to the semi-final.
‘Second half, we let off the gas and got out of position and out of rhythm,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘That’s a hard spot, where (Charlestown) is playing hard and we have a 20-point lead.’
Justin Conrad led Charlestown with 10 points.
The Panthers advanced to face No. 8 Brownstown Central in the semi-final.