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Out of cold, CC seniors warm gym

Out of cold, CC seniors warm gym
Out of cold, CC seniors warm gym
Corydon Central students, along with players, from left, Bronson Kessinger, Mitchell Frederick and Timothy Wiseman cheer from the sidelines as Noah Woods scores in the final minutes of senior night against South Central last Tuesday. Photos by Brian Smith

There has been bitter cold. White stuff lingers on the ground. Canceled or delayed school updates often had the attention of students.
Those three sentences can sum up the week of Feb. 16 through 20.
One word missing? Basketball.
It had been at least 10 days since the Corydon Central or South Central boys’ basketball team ran from one end of the floor to the other, defending an opponent and looking to score.
The seemingly long winter break between games finally ended last Tuesday for both squads when the Rebels arrived in Corydon.
Off to a 4-0 start, the South Central Rebels woke the Class 3A No. 10 Corydon Central Panthers ballclub. They responded with 34 straight points. Outmatching the Class 1A Harrison County rival, the Panthers also had a run of 25 straight points in the second half, leading to an 87-32 victory.
‘It’s been a weird week,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘We practiced three times. We’re trying to mentally get ready for tomorrow night (versus No. 2 Silver Creek) and stay on top of things. We have to continue to get better.’
Five Corydon Central players reached double-figure scoring on the night, led by Dillion Simler’s 17. The senior was five of seven from the field, also among the team leaders on the night in rebounds (six) and steals (four).
‘Dillion Simler is doing a lot of great things for us right now,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘He’s as good of a team defender we have right now, and he’s going after offensive rebounds. He understands positions and rotations. He’s kind of a glue guy for us.’
The shooting numbers between the schools was drastic for the contest. Corydon Central shot 55 percent from the field, making half of its 10 3-pointer attempts while South Central struggled, making 24 percent of its shots.
Two quick makes by South Central gave the Rebels a short-lived lead on the board. Owen Shewmaker and Zack Goodwin hit field goals, putting the Rebels ahead 4-0.
Then, on a night the Panthers honored nine seniors, the upperclassmen got going offensively.
It took until 3-1/2 minutes into the flow of the game for the Panthers to score, a Mitchell Frederick deuce.
From there, the momentum carried on.
Simler scored in the paint. Ryan Crawford slipped back-to-back assists to classmate and fellow golf-team partner Timothy Wiseman for a pair of baskets.
Wiseman returned the favor, taking a steal the length of the floor, setting up Crawford for a tap-in layup.
Tyler Stauth got into the action with a 3-pointer, helping put an end to the first quarter. In 4 minutes, 29 seconds, Corydon Central scored 21 straight after falling behind 4-0.
The run wasn’t done in the second quarter. Quinton Coffman scored a field goal followed by Simler putting in freebies after pulling down an offensive board.
Coffman capped the 34-point run with a triple.
South Central finally broke the dry spell with Austin Schoen hitting a right-corner trey. Goodwin, who would close with a team best 10 points, had two field goals in the first half.
The Rebels were far out at half, down 38-11.
Prior to the game, Corydon Central honored its large senior group.
Back on his feet for the fan’s delight, Corydon Central’s Bronson Kessinger walked out to mid-court alongside his parents when introduced. One month after suffering a broken leg and wrist, Kessinger gingerly came across the floor without the aid of a crutch or wheelchair.
The applause was spread out among the other eight seniors as well: Noah Woods, Jay Brent, Coffman, Crawford, Frederick, Simler, Stauth and Wiseman. All eight reached the scorebook against South Central.
One by one, in the fourth quarter, Kolkmeier subbed a senior off the floor to a standing ovation from the Panthers’ fans.
‘We got to honor our seniors,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘They’ve given a lot to us, and we’re proud of them. They did a good job tonight.’
Wiseman and Frederick scored 14 points each. Wiseman had six of Corydon Central’s 22 assists. Stauth nailed both of his triple attempts, finishing with 13 points. He had five assists.
Off the bench, Crawford made four buckets, leading to a 12-point night.
‘I thought Ryan has played much better and stepped up the last few weeks,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘He continues to improve and be more aggressive looking for his shot.’
Coffman was a pest on the defensive end, snagging three steals while scoring six points. Brent closed with four points and two blocks.
Woods, the final player off the floor for Corydon Central, sank a pair of free throws in the closing minutes. Players and the black-and-gold student section behind them went nuts.
‘We got contributions from all our guys tonight,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We shot the ball pretty decent.’
Corydon Central’s largest lead came at 77-16 in the fourth quarter when Frederick converted a 3-point play.
After struggling through three single-digit offensive quarters, South Central put in 16 points in the fourth. Sutton Day scored seven of his nine points at the free-throw line in the frame.
Corydon Central, winning for the 12th straight time in the series, moved to 15-5 while South Central dropped to 3-20.
Both teams move to their respective classes in the IHSAA tournament. South Central began Class 1A Borden Sectional play last night (Tuesday) against Lanesville. Corydon Central will start postseason play, hosting the 3A sectional tonight versus Charlestown.

South Central 4 7 5 16 ‘ 32
Corydon Central 21 17 30 19 ‘ 87
South Central (3-20) ‘ Goodwin 10, Day 9, Goforth 6, Schoen 3, Shewmaker 2, May 2.
Corydon Central (15-5) ‘ Simler 17, Wiseman 14, Frederick 14, Stauth 13, Crawford 12, Coffman 6, Brent 4, Robinson 3, Woods 2, Saulman 2.
3-point goals ‘ South Central 3 (Goforth 2, Schoen); Corydon Central 5 (Wiseman 2, Stauth 2, Crawford).

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