Panthers hit floor, top Eagles
Corydon Central erased a five-point, half-time deficit to come away with a 51-46 road victory Saturday night at Lanesville Saturday.
Coming out of the half, Corydon Central increased its defensive pressure, holding Lanesville to 22 points the rest of the way. Shots also began to fall for the Panthers. On their first possession in the third frame, Joey Wiseman swished a 3-pointer. It kicked off an 8-2 run ” including a Jordan Ripperdan trey and Bradley Nalley steal-and-score ” to give Corydon Central a 27-26 lead.
Soon, the Panthers were able to consistently score to break up the Lanesville zone defense.
‘We had better defensive energy in the second half, and our angles, for the most part, were better,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘We did reach too much. Some of our fouls come on instances when we lost guys and got confused. Communication had its ups and downs tonight, but we rebounded the ball better.’
Lanesville re-took the lead, 33-32, when Riley Cook hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in the third. Cook, returning from a concussion sustained in preseason practice, finished the game with 16 points.
Hustle points for Corydon Central were found with Beauchamp to end the third. His offensive rebound was put in the rim to grab the lead for good.
‘Braydon Beauchamp made a lot of big plays,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘He came up with a lot of loose balls and defensive rebounds. He did a lot of big plays that don’t always show up in the score book. Those are things I think he can really do for us. His ball security was much better.’
‘There was not enough energy and activity to start the second half,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘I could see our intensity level dropped and theirs picked up, then we recovered and took a lead again. Down the stretch, we didn’t get enough stops. When we got to the line, we missed too many free throws.’
Corydon began the final quarter with a 6-0 run to open a seven-point cushion. Alec Saulman was in on an offensive put-back, then a Beauchamp steal set up another score. Wiseman fired a short shot, but the miss was put back in by Nalley flying through the lane for a made tip.
‘We gave up six 3s for the game, but that didn’t beat us,’ Miller said. ‘It was the second-chance points. They got a few baskets from their bench and we didn’t get enough from ours.’
Lanesville battled back to cut the margin to two points. Austin Gootee got up for a put-back. Julien Stewart sneaked in a jumper, while Elijah Wilkin rolled toward the hoop for a field goal assisted by Cook.
Nalley, the Panthers’ top scorer with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting along with five rebounds, fouled out with two minutes to play. Forty seconds later, Wilkin scored after putting in his own miss to cut Corydon Central’s lead to two, 46-44.
During the final 1:20, the Eagles managed two more points.
Corydon Central expanded the lead with a Wiseman drive for two points with 42 seconds left. Two of Lanesville’s possessions inside the final minute were interrupted by steals by Clayton Schreck and Beauchamp at the top of the key.
‘There was some toughness tonight,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘They got on the floor ‘ from Clayton to Joey or Braydon to Bradley ‘ everybody got on the floor and got after it.’
Schreck’s steal led to a Wiseman field goal for a 50-44 edge with 23 ticks remaining. It was enough for the Panthers to hold on for their first win of the season.
‘We needed to get a win early to build on,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We’re much better than we were, but it’s how much better?’
Wiseman closed with 12 points, while Alec Saulman chipped in seven. Beauchamp paced the team on the glass with seven rebounds.
‘We still shot it a little quick with a lead in the fourth quarter,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘I’m glad we didn’t get any 24-second violations, but … we were still a little quick. There is a fine line of keeping your aggressive level but not just coming down with one pass and shoot. We walked that top rope.’
Lanesville, playing in front of a packed house, had things go their way in the first half. The Eagles forced 11 Corydon Central turnovers during that span.
Stewart had a 3-point play early in the game. He scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter. Dishing an assist, Stewart fed Wilkin for a field goal and a 12-7 lead.
Corydon Central was able to even the score before moving to the second frame at 12-all. The next quarter, Corydon Central was held to seven points as Lanesville buckets from Gootee, Cook, Stewart and Wilkin prompted a 24-19 lead.
The margin, however, went away in the final half.
‘The second half, we weren’t as active with the zone,’ Miller said of the Eagles. ‘I didn’t think we moved as well and probably should have gotten out of it a little sooner. It wasn’t as crisp as it was in the first half. We need to communicate more. In the first half, we weren’t talking as much as we needed to either.’
Outside of 16 points from Cook, Lanesville got 13 points from Stewart and 10 by way of Wilkin. As a team, Lanesville was 6 of 12 at the foul line.
‘Julien was pretty active,’ Miller said. ‘With all the kids early, it’s trying to find that consistency. It’s been the last three days they’ve practiced with Riley. They are trying to get him back in the mix. For the most part, they did a nice job … Riley looked OK at times; he was ready to play.’
Corydon Central won the rebound battle 31-24.
It’s a double-header weekend for both squads coming up Friday and Saturday. Corydon Central (1-1) will host North Harrison on Friday and Southridge on Saturday. Lanesville, meanwhile, will head to Borden on Friday and return home to face Paoli on Saturday.
Corydon Central 12 7 15 17 ‘ 51
Lanesville 12 12 9 13 ‘ 46
Corydon Central (1-1) ‘ Nalley 17, Wiseman 12, Saulman 7, Schreck 6, Ripperdan 5, Beauchamp 2, Johnson 2.
Lanesville (1-1) ‘ Cook 16, Stewart 13, Wilkin 10, Gootee 4, Ash 3.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 6 (Nalley 3, Wiseman 2, Ripperdan); Lanesville 2 (Cook, Ash).