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Winburn’s big night key for NA

Winburn’s big night key for NA
Winburn’s big night key for NA
Corydon Central forward Mitchell Frederick draws a foul in the paint at New Albany Saturday night. The Bulldogs won the match-up between the top-10 teams. Photo by Brian Smith

Not sure if getting windburn is possible indoors, but the offensive display New Albany’s Davon Winburn put on Saturday against Corydon Central sure was irritating for the Panthers.
In a competitive match-up between Class 4A No. 7 New Albany and 3A No. 3 Corydon Central, Winburn proved to be the difference maker during a stretch of the second and third quarters. On his way to a 27-point output, Winburn accounted for 16 of 18 points during a time period the Bulldogs went on an 18-6 spurt.
New Albany had to overcome a rally by the Panthers in the third quarter before pulling out a 77-63 victory in New Albany.
‘I thought we played good, and they played great,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said.
Following Mitchell Frederick sinking a pair of free throws to bring Corydon Central within one, 25-24, Winburn caught fire. He hit a jumper, drove to the lane for two, then sank consecutive 3-pointers when given the space. Winburn alone outscored Corydon Central 10-0. He was finally interrupted by Dillion Simler scoring on a put-back, but the Panthers fell behind 35-26 at the half.
‘We got beat, basically, on individual play,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘(New Albany) took a lot of bad shots, but that is what they are really good at making. The Winburn kid, one-on-one, got into a rhythm and scored 13 points in a row for them. He’s hard to guard with good quickness.’
In the third quarter, Winburn ‘ who else? ‘ hit two treys to extend the margin to 47-32, prompting a Corydon Central time-out.
‘We need to do a better job of finding some way to get some help on guys like that,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘But, on the same token, you’re playing a team like this tonight, the good thing for (New Albany), who’re we going to leave? You going to leave Romeo (Langford)? He had 33 last week at Evansville Harrison. (Isaac) Hibbard? He had 22, a 90-percent free-throw shooter and 40-percent 3-point shooter. (DeAnthony) Warren? He’s standing under the rim. The same thing with (Nick White) … Tonight, you look around and wonder who do we help off of?’
To close the final four minutes of the third quarter, Corydon Central outscored New Albany 12-4 to get back into the game. Quinton Coffman played inside out with Bronson Kessinger, nailing a 3-pointer. Off the bench, Ryan Crawford put in a trey while Corydon Central attacked the hoop better, leading to freebies by Jay Brent, Timothy Wiseman, Kessinger and Frederick.
The 51-44 score was the nearest the Panthers came to the lead the rest of the way. At the free-throw line, New Albany went 13 of 15 in the final quarter.
Corydon Central did its best to keep pace. Kessinger cut to the lane for a dunk then later followed a miss by Simler by leaping for a one-handed put-back. Wiseman picked up his offensive game with field goals, but time and New Albany free throws doomed the bid for consecutive wins against the Bulldogs.
Kessinger drew plenty of attention from the Bulldogs but finished with 18 points, 11 in the second half.
While Winburn had the hoopla from the second period to the end, Frederick was one of the stars in the opening eight minutes. Frederick caught a pass from Brent to put in a 3-pointer to tie the game at 14.
Ending the quarter in style, Frederick hit a jumper just before the buzzer. Fists clinched and a roar to the bench, the Panthers took the lead, 18-16.
‘I thought Mitchell had a great game,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Bronson had a great second half. I thought Quinton had a really good game. Timothy struggled early but got it going in the second half. We just have to fight and compete every play.’
Kessinger opened the lead to four, 18-14, with a bucket to start the second frame. The lead eventually evaporated due to scores by Langford and Warren, leading to Winburn’s streak.
Kolkmeier said in years past, New Albany’s pressure on the defensive end, particularly with a pressing style, caused problems. This season, he sees New Albany’s pressure coming from the offensive end.
‘Now, they just score,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘I don’t know that they scored on one set play tonight. I think they scored all their points on one-on-one moves and free throws … They are pretty good and won’t lose many games. I still feel we’re a pretty good team.’
Kessinger led the Panthers with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Frederick added 17 points and four boards. Wiseman scored 14 points.
Through the first few games of the season, Kolkmeier said the New Albany contest showed areas where they have improved.
‘We talked about our focus the whole time,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘It was better tonight than it has been in any other game. It needs to keep getting better.’
In regard to focus is knowing players have to quickly shift from one role on the floor to another.
‘You ask guys to do multiple things,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We want you to help us bring the ball down, help us screen, then we want you to chase down an offensive rebound. And once you don’t get it, sprint your butt back to the other end to guard this play. There is no reset like there is in football. Mentally, you have to be ready.’
After Winburn’s 27 points, Langford scored 13 points and had nine boards. Langford, a freshman, has drawn praise in the area, including from the Panthers’ skipper.
‘(Langford) is maybe as good as any player that’s ever played in this area,’ he said. ‘He had 33 last week against a team with four division I players. You can’t leave him. He makes everything look so effortless.’
Corydon Central (3-1) will return home Friday to face Scottsburg at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers will hit the road Monday to face another 4A team in Bloomington South (6:30 p.m.).

Corydon Central 16 10 18 19 ‘ 63
New Albany 14 21 16 26 ‘ 77
Corydon Central ‘ Kessinger 18, Frederick 17, Wiseman 14, Simler 6, Coffman 4, Crawford 3, Brent 1.
New Albany ‘ Winburn 27, Langford 13, Jefferson 10, Warren 9, White 6, Hibbard 5, Byrne 4, Maxwell 3.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 4 (Wiseman 2, Frederick, Coffman); New Albany 8 (Winburn 5, Langford, Warren, Hibbard).

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