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Dunks, treys loft Panthers

Dunks, treys loft Panthers
Dunks, treys loft Panthers
One of three slams on the night, Corydon Central's Bronson Kessinger dunks in the second half at Lanesville. The senior helped lead a balanced attack on the opening night for the Panthers. Photos by Brian Smith

A monster second quarter by the Corydon Central offense led to a resounding 82-40 victory Saturday at Lanesville in boys’ basketball.
Entering as the pre-season No. 5 team in Class 3A, at times the Panthers seemed to be in mid-season form. They shot 64 percent from the field, including a gaudy 11 of 16 from beyond the arc. Guards Timothy Wiseman and Ryan Crawford combined for nine of the deep balls.
‘Two things that stick out we did really well was share the ball and make extra passes,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘It made us get open shots with guys stepping into shots. Then we shot the ball really well: 64 percent and 11 of 16 from the 3-point line. I don’t think we’ll necessarily shoot it that well every night, but you’ll shoot a lot better when you make that one extra pass and shooters can step forward into the shot.’
The second quarter saw Corydon Central outscore the defending Class A sectional champions 30-13. It led to a 47-18 edge at halftime.
Contributions came from everywhere. Jay Brent opened the second quarter with a steal and deuce. Wiseman followed by banging in a pair of 3-pointers. Mitchell Frederick added a field goal, then the house drew ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ when Bronson Kessinger put down his first of three dunks.
An offensive rebound was quickly flushed two-handed by the Indiana State University signee, giving the Panthers a 29-7 lead. Kessinger stuffed the stat sheet, tallying 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in three quarters of action.
The assault from beyond the arc continued for Corydon Central. Wiseman netted another triple, while Crawford came off the bench to drain back-to-back efforts. Swishing the latter trey, on an extra pass from Kessinger, gave Corydon Central a 42-11 lead at the time.
‘Several times the first guy was kind of open, but the next guy was really open,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘That’s a big deal. It’s something we did really well last year, and I hope it continues. It’s something you see out of next-level teams.’
As a squad, Corydon Central had 22 assists with six each dished by Wiseman and Kessinger.
‘They had a big second quarter,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘They knocked down some outside shots and we didn’t get out on them well enough … We talked at halftime that I didn’t think we worked hard enough in the first half.’
Lanesville guard Matthew Husband did his best to keep the Eagles in the game. He scored eight of his team-high 16 points in the second quarter. He started a 7-2 run before the half with a put-back. Teammate Joe Ferree was able to sink a 3-pointer during that stretch.
‘(Lanesville) got too deep on some strong-hand drives,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Husband was attacking us and got too far several times. He got aggressive and got into a rhythm. Joe got a couple looks, but we didn’t want to give him any. We’ll have to do a little better job of recognizing shooters.’
Wiseman ended up as the game’s top scorer with 19 points. He made five 3-pointers. Four Panthers reached double figures. Going with Wiseman and Kessinger were Crawford (12 points) and Dillion Simler (10 points). Simler also had six boards.
Coffman closed with nine points, while Mitchell Frederick tallied eight points and three steals.
Thanks in large part to Corydon Central’s outstanding shooting, the Panthers dominated the boards, 34-20.
‘It’s one game,’ Miller said. ‘We saw some bright spots. We have to get Joe some more shots, but they obviously keyed on him. Matt got double digits and played pretty well. He’d be the first to tell you he could do a little better.’
Ferree finished with nine points.
Miller said he also was pleased with the play of freshman guard Riley Cook, who got a starting nod. He finished with seven points.
‘I thought he held his own,’ Miller said. ‘He didn’t seem overwhelmed one bit. I told him (Corydon Central) will be one of the better, faster, stronger defensive teams we’ll see all year. If you can handle it as well as he handled it tonight, then he should take a lot away from this game.’
Overall, the veteran Lanesville skipper wants to see more consistency and effort.
‘We have players there; it’s a matter of becoming consistent in execution and effort on both ends of the floor,’ he said. ‘I can point to every kid I put in tonight and there was a point in time when they went really hard. But it was maybe for a short period of time … We want the effort for whatever time you are in there, if it is 20 seconds or 20 minutes.’
Although Corydon Central shot well and shared the ball, Kolkmeier said the team needs to strive to continue to improve.
‘Like everybody, we have a lot to work on, and I’m sure (Lanesville) feels the same way,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We have to clean up a few things. I thought we were a little slow guarding ball screens and rotations, seeing game speed. We gave up a few more wide-open shots than we wanted to give up.’
Being about ‘team’ and having good intensity were other bright spots Kolkmeier pointed out.
Rivalry games within each team’s respective conference are on tap next. Corydon Central (1-0) will welcome North Harrison to Corydon on Friday while, on the same night, Lanesville (0-1) will travel to Borden. Both varsity games are slated to tip at 7:30.
Both teams will play at home Saturday, with Corydon Central hosting Southridge and Lanesville taking on Paoli.

Corydon Central 17 30 18 17 ‘ 82
Lanesville 5 13 14 8 ‘ 40
Corydon Central (1-0) ‘ Wiseman 19, Kessinger 13, Crawford 12, Simler 10, Coffman 9, Frederick 8, Brent 4, Robinson 4, Schreck 2, Ripperdan 1.
Lanesville (0-1) ‘ Husband 16, Ferree 9, Cook 7, Wilkin 4, Daly 3, Sronce 1.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 11 (Wiseman 5, Crawford 4, Kessinger, Coffman); Lanesville 2 (Ferree, Cook).