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12-0 Panthers start leads way

12-0 Panthers start leads way
12-0 Panthers start leads way
Sharpshooter Timothy Wiseman elevates to take a 3-pointer against Eastern (Pekin) Friday night. The senior made 3 of 5 attempts from downtown. Photo by Brian Smith

Corydon Central raced out to a 12-0 advantage in the first three minutes of its homecoming tilt with visiting Eastern (Pekin) Friday night, utilizing the advantage to pull out a 66-48 victory.
The Class 3A No. 8 Panthers had big games from seniors Mitchell Frederick and Timothy Wiseman, both scoring 19 points. Frederick, selected the school’s homecoming king in pregame, also had a 10-rebound effort.
Outscoring the Musketeers 23-5 during the first quarter, Corydon Central was the more aggressive team early, cashing in on easy baskets.
From there, the game was played evenly. Both teams scored the same amount of points in the second (16), third (14) and fourth (13) quarters.
‘It was a good start,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘(Eastern) can shoot it, and they didn’t give up. I thought we had a few possessions here or there that we lost focus. We turned the ball over too much in the second half, getting a little sloppy with it. We didn’t maintain the same intensity.’
The bounce-back win was key for the Panthers in the Mid-Southern Conference race. After a slip up at Brownstown Central last weekend, getting back to winning ways was important, especially with a fast start Friday.
‘The pieces are there,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We’re going to fight and still control our own destiny in conference to create a three-way tie. Right now, we’re in third place and we can’t look too far ahead. We have to prepare for Charlestown tomorrow and use these weekends for preparation for the tournament.’
Brownstown and Corydon Central each have one loss in league play, but both are chasing Silver Creek, which sits at 6-0. The Panthers, 60-54 winners Saturday at Charlestown, will host Austin tomorrow (Thursday) then head to Silver Creek on Feb. 20 to round out the MSC slate.
Against the Musketeers, the result was all about the beginning. Frederick had a jumper then converted a 3-point play after playing high-low with fellow big man Dillion Simler. Much of Frederick’s night was spent under the basket, making eight of 14 shots overall. All but one attempt came in the paint.
Made 3-pointers came in the fold in the opening eight minutes as well. Quinton Coffman nailed one of his two treys, while Wiseman took a pass from Frederick to nail a bomb.
Closing the scoring in the first quarter, Corydon Central’s Tyler Stauth scored after corralling an offensive board. He finished the game with six rebounds.
Wiseman’s shooting groove continued in the second period, making two more 3-pointers. Simler got into the long-ball act too, stepping out to swish one, part of a 13-point scoring night.
Efficient from the field, Wiseman scored on eight of 11 shots while dishing out six assists.
‘Dillion had a really nice game,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Mitchell and Timothy had great first halves scoring the ball.’
Eastern was able to keep pace from beyond the arc. Grant Newcomb hit four 3-pointers, two in the second quarter. He finished with 14 points. Jessie Murphy was tough on the Panthers as well, going seven of nine from the field for a team-best 18 points.
‘The Murphy kid had a lot of energy for them,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We probably should have gotten out on Newcomb better. He can shoot it.’
Corydon Central was never threatened the rest of the way, keeping the lead at double digits.
‘We’re hard to guard when we make easy plays and guys step up ready to shoot,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Now, when teams are more physical with us on the defensive end, we’re not hard to guard. We start to stagnate and stand around a bit.’
The coach said the team is working to play better against more aggressive defenses, ones they’ll likely see in the post-season against Brownstown Central and Silver Creek.

Eastern (Pekin) 5 16 14 13 ‘ 48
Corydon Central 23 16 14 13 ‘ 66
Eastern (Pekin) ‘ Murphy 18, Newcomb 14, Roberts 5, McDaniel 4, Woolsey 3, Doebler 2, Lynn 2.
Corydon Central ‘ Wiseman 19, Frederick 19, Simler 13, Coffman 8, Crawford 2, Stauth 2, Brent 2, Woods 1.
3-point goals ‘ Eastern (Pekin) 7 (Newcomb 4, Murphy 2, Woolsey); Corydon Central 6 (Wiseman 3, Coffman 2, Simler).