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Panthers steer clear in 4th, top Lanesville

Panthers steer clear in 4th, top Lanesville
Panthers steer clear in 4th, top Lanesville
Corydon CentralÂ’s Bronson Kessinger closes the book on the game against Lanesville with a two-handed slam in the final quarter. The Panthers won the game Saturday, 62-48. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Corydon Central put together a convincing 15-3 fourth quarter to win its season opener Saturday at Lanesville 62-48.
Sharpshooters off the Lanesville bench ‘ Ryan Fulkerson and Joe Ferree ‘ combined for three 3-pointers in the third quarter, tying the game at one point. Corydon Central would lead 47-45 heading into the final frame.
‘Even when they made their run, we didn’t fold up the tents,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘They tied it. We maintained just enough composure to keep fighting back.’
The final frame was all Corydon Central. Tyler Ross put in a field goal, followed by a bucket from Bronson Kessinger. Points in the paint drew a Lanesville time-out but it didn’t slow the Panthers offense. Scoring seven consecutive points, Brayden Lander pressed the lead out to 58-45 before Lanesville was able to score.
Justin Miller converted a 3-point play with 3:24 to play to make it a 10-point deficit. The points from Miller, part of his team-best 17, were the last for the Eagles.
Corydon Central closed out with a dunk from Kessinger, along with free throws from Chase Burton and Lander.
‘In the fourth quarter, we settled a little bit,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘Our whole thing was to get the ball inside then work from that. We tried to spread the floor in our man sets, and it seemed when we got the ball inside we had opportunities to score. A lot of good things happened when the ball went in, but then we had some possessions where it was one pass and a shot. When we have that, we aren’t as effective and efficient.’
Kolkmeier was pleased with the effort of his seniors, Burton and Ross. Ross closed with 14 points, and Burton had eight. Lander led the team in scoring with 20 points.
‘I thought Tyler Ross and Chase Burton had really nice games,’ he said. ‘I thought several times throughout the game they just went up and rebounded the ball with two hands. They both took a charge, if not two. They played hard and were very strong and decisive. Tyler made some big-time moves. He’s played really well so far.’
Rebounding was an area where Miller thought his team struggled.
‘We only had 21 rebounds,’ he said. ‘We even lost possessions on the free-throw line when we didn’t block out properly. I thought we could have played more physical. We weren’t as consistent with (physical play).’
Justin Miller started the game hot for the Eagles inside. He scored a pair of early field goals to put his team up 7-2.
Corydon Central responded with a 14-2 run started with a Lander old-fashioned 3-point play. A Ross jumper along with two field goals from Burton and a steal and score from Timothy Wiseman led the spurt.
It was capped by a two-handed dunk from Kessinger after running the length of the floor with the ball. The slam drew a technical from the referees for hanging on the rim. Lanesville’s Fulkerson hit the two freebies to make the score 16-11 after the first quarter.
Ross started the second frame with five straight points, extending the lead to 10. Providing energy to the Lanesville offense, Matt Husband pulled the Eagles back. Reaching the foul line to go 6 for 6 in the frame, along with a fast-break field goal and a put-back, Lanesville cut the lead to 25-23.
Corydon Central fired a trey from Burton to ensure the lead at halftime.
‘Justin gave us solid points inside,’ Miller said. ‘Matthew Husband had a very good game. At that time, we need that. We were down double digits, and he kind of brought us back. I’m happy for him to build some confidence.’
‘Lanesville played really, really hard,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We let him get awfully deep with the ball sometimes. He’d get us down to 10 to 12 feet.’
The Eagles would knot the game in the third quarter behind back-to-back Fulkerson long-range shots. Corydon Central, however, didn’t waiver. Four different players scored in the final stretches of the third quarter, including 3-point plays from Lander and Ross.
Kolkmeier said the offense was slower than he liked at reacting to which defense the Eagles presented each time down the hardwood.
‘We’re going to have to adjust a little better next week to the changing defenses, going back from man to zone,’ he said. ‘I thought we were a little hesitant and a little slow reacting. That’s the reason a lot of teams change defenses. At times, we looked stagnant when they would switch on us.’
It’s something the Panthers can work on in practice. Kolkmeier said they work hard on attacking various defenses in practice, but it may take some time to transfer to game situations.
‘We got out of those things at times tonight, not making the right movements or passes,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘I think we can play stronger in our post spots. And sometimes our post guys were open and we missed the looks to get them the ball.’
Kessinger also reached double figures for Corydon Central, scoring 13.
Lanesville was led by Miller’s 17, followed by 14 from Husband and 10 from Fulkerson.
‘Our bench was solid, giving us quality minutes,’ Mikel Miller said. ‘We had Alex (Ansman) under the weather tonight. He tried to go but wasn’t all there. Kevin (Zollman) got two early fouls, and it took his rhythm out of the game. When he got back in in the second half, he played hard, just couldn’t get any shots to go.’
Kolkmeier was pleased with the way his team rebounded the ball. Things they’ll look to improve on is discipline on defense and free throws (14 of 25), according to the coach.
Corydon Central will host rival North Harrison at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Mid-Southern Conference play. Lanesville will also jump into its conference (Southern Athletic Conference) Friday when the Eagles play at Class A No. 8 Borden at 7:30 p.m. The following night, the Eagles will host Paoli at 7:30.
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