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Commodores top Corydon Central

Commodores top Corydon Central
Commodores top Corydon Central
Corydon Central's Jordan Ripperdan breaks for the basket against Perry Central's Luke Bishop in the first half of the Commodores' 65-57 win over the Panthers in the Perry-Spencer tournament. Photo by Wade Bell

After suffering through a miserable night against Crawford County in the first round of the Perry-Spencer Holiday Classic, Corydon Central had a better night against Perry Central but still came up short on the scoreboard in a 65-57 loss last Tuesday. For the Panthers, it was a matter of a few bad things coming at the worse times.
‘Our effort was better tonight,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘Our offense was a little bit better. We shot ourselves in the foot a few times and made some mistakes and missed a couple of free-throw block-outs at the end. We had a couple of critical turnovers and missed a couple of shots when we had it down to five or six points. We took one a little too quick, and a couple of 3-pointers we didn’t have great rhythm on.’
The Panthers got off to a roaring start, hitting their first three shots for a 6-0 lead. The Commodores, however, came back with a 14-0 run and took an eight-point lead, 14-6. Corydon Central outscored Perry Central 6-4 in the remainder of the quarter but was still down 18-12 after the first eight minutes.
‘I thought we had a good start,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We made a couple of baskets and got up 6-0. Unfortunately, we let them have that 14-0 run, and that was a big part of the game.’
The two teams traded baskets through most of the second period. After a few minutes of both teams suffering misfires, Alec Saulman and Bradley Nalley sank four Corydon Central free throws to trim the Panthers’ deficit to four at halftime, 28-24.
Perry Central pushed its lead back to double digits as the Commodores outscored Corydon Central 11-3 through the first three minutes of the third period. Saulman sank a deuce inside and Nalley sank a pair of freebies to close the gap back to seven. Perry Central made another run, this time 8-3, to end the quarter, and the Commodores’ advantage was back to 12, 47-35, with one quarter to go.
‘They make a lot of flashes and a lot of baseline screens,’ Kolkmeier said.
Corydon Central’s best quarter came in the fourth. After pulling the game back to single digits, the Panthers got some momentum and scored six straight points, closing their deficit to three, 49-46. The Panthers fought to stay with Perry Central and, with a minute to go, Saulman scored inside, closing the gap to two, 59-57. With just more than 30 seconds to go, Luke Hubert got a deuce-and-one for the Commodores, making it a two-possession game, 62-57. From there, the Commodores held on to get the 65-57 win.
‘It’s hard for us to score in spurts,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We probably should have kept attacking a little bit more to have them back on their heels. They had a lot of fouls. They were in the bonus early. We settled for a couple of jump shots and probably should have kept attacking and tried to go to the free-throw line a little bit more.’
Nalley led Corydon Central with 20 points, going 9 for 9 at the free-throw line. Saulman added 14 for the Panthers, who were 19 of 38 (50 percent) from the field and 18 of 20 from the charity stripe. Corydon Central had 17 turnovers for the night.
‘It’s a work in progress,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We had some good hustle plays. Jordan (Ripperdan) had his best effort of the year, really getting after it defensively. He got us two possessions just because he out-hustled the other kid for the ball early in the first half. We need lots of those plays.’
‘We talked about building enthusiasm off that. When (Ripperdan) made those three dives on the floor, we only had one guy help him up. It should have been four guys helping him up. So, we’ve got to get some more enthusiasm and build upon that and create higher levels of energy.’
Kage Kiplinger came off the bench to lead the Commodores with 17 points. Lane Lynch hit for 14, Trey Mullis 11 and Luke Hubert finished with 10 points. Perry Central canned 18 of 44 field goals (41 percent), 21 of 29 free throws and had 14 turnovers.
In the tournament’s seventh-place game, Heritage Hills led early and pulled away to defeat Corydon Central 76-26 last Tuesday.
The tournament champion honors went to Forest Park, which defeated Crawford County 52-49 in the title bout.
Corydon Central will travel to Floyd Central on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

Perry Central 18 10 19 18 ‘ 65
Corydon 12 12 11 22 ‘ 57
Perry Central ‘ Tr. Mullis 11, Hubert 10, Hilgenhold 2, Ty Mullis 9, Lynch 14, Meunier 2, Kiplinger 17.
Corydon Central ‘ Wiseman 9, Ripperdan 8, Nalley 20, Saulman 14, Beauchamp 2, Strubler 4.
3-point goals ‘ Perry Central 4 (Tr. Mullis 2, Lynch, Kiplinger); Corydon Central 1 (Nalley).