Eagles torch nets, drop Panthers
The Lanesville boys’ basketball team opened the season with a 107-point performance against Cannelton last Wednesday. Carrying over to Saturday night, turkey and dressing in the bellies didn’t seem to slow the Eagles’ offense at Corydon Central.
Shooting 57 percent from the field, including 8 of 15 from beyond the arc, Lanesville romped to an 85-37 victory over Corydon Central. The first half was key for the Eagles’ offense, which scored 48 points.
Although Corydon Central posted 29 first-half points, with all but 13 coming from the foul line, Lanesville clamped down its defense in the second half, holding Corydon Central to eight additional points.
‘It started off slow for us then we picked it up,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘It helped getting going in transition. Hitting some shots early was important.’
The first three quarters ended with long balls via the hot hand of Evan Ash. The Lanesville senior made 5 of 7 triples on the night, including a buzzer-beater to close the first eight minutes for a 20-9 Lanesville edge. Ash finished the contest with 23 points.
Working in the post, Lanesville’s Riley Cook showed his expanding game. He was able to get inside for many of his 11 field goals. Cook closed the game with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists.
‘We got some good play out of Riley tonight,’ Miller said. ‘We’ve discussed him playing inside makes us tougher. Evan hitting outside shots helped, and Julien (Stewart) had a nice overall game.’
Trailing 6-0, Corydon Central’s first points came on an old-fashioned 3-point play scored by Braydon Beauchamp. Lanesville got the three points back when Stewart swished a long ball. Free throws by Lanesville’s Tripp Dillon expanded Lanesville’s lead to double digits, 15-5.
Corydon Central found some success by attacking the rim and drawing fouls. Joey Wiseman scored all 22 of his Corydon Central points in the first half. The 6-foot guard went to the free-throw line 16 times, making all but one attempt.
A steal and score by Wiseman early in the second quarter was part of a 10-6 Corydon Central run to come within seven points, 26-19.
‘We were able to score at the free-throw line,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘We needed to try and get back to the line more in the second half.’
Lanesville’s offense began to pour it on after the margin was cut to seven. Stewart scored inside, followed by Cook converting a 3-point play to press the Lanesville lead back to double digits.
The final 20 points of the opening half were scored by Ash and Cook with 10 apiece.
Miller said, although the offense was clicking, the Eagles had trouble keeping Wiseman and the Panthers off the foul line in the first 16 minutes.
‘We talked about not letting (Wiseman) catch and shoot, so we were trying to double him,’ Miller said. ‘We were getting too many silly fouls on him. At the three-minute mark of the second quarter, we started to pass (Wiseman) off more than anything. We continued that into the second half and probably worked out better for us in the end.’
Wiseman was held without a point in the second half as Lanesville grew the lead. Kevin DeSpain got in the scoring action with a 3-point play in the third quarter, while Dillon added a bucket. Corydon Central was outscored 16-6 in the third, seeing Alex Lee, Alton Adams and Beauchamp score buckets.
‘We had a couple bad plays that turned into two or three more bad plays,’ Kolkmeier said of his young team. ‘We don’t jump to the ball well right now. We have work to do. They (Lanesville) were quicker to the ball and outplayed us and out-hustled us.’
Hampered by foul trouble in the first half, Lanesville’s Mitchell Bailey was able to get inside and score seven points in the second half. Teammate Tripp Dillon closed with 10 points, with six of those coming in the final quarter.
‘Mitchell got some fouls early, so that put him down for a little bit,’ Miller said. ‘He was battling underneath. Some shots wouldn’t fall, but they started to toward the end, which was nice. For the time he was in there, he was working hard. Owen Kerr and Kevin DeSpain had really good floor games for us.’
Of the second half, Miller said his players did a better job playing to the ball.
‘Rebounding was an area I felt we dominated,’ coach Miller said, with the Eagles out-rebounding Corydon Central 37-23. ‘Limiting (Wiseman) to looks or touches was our goal. I think in the second half he got a little frustrated because he got some open looks and they didn’t fall.’
The Panthers struggled on the offensive end, shooting 25 percent. They were 1 of 17 from 3-point land.
Wiseman closed with 22 points to lead Corydon Central and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Beauchamp had seven points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots.
Cook and Ash combined to go 19 of 27 from the field for Lanesville, finishing with 25 and 23 points, respectively. Ash also had four steals. Stewart had a 14-point night and grabbed three rebounds.
‘We said (Ash) could not be allowed to catch and shoot,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We let that happen too many times.’
‘It was a good all around victory,’ Miller said. ‘I know when we look at the game film, we will find some areas to clean up. We have a tough weekend coming up with Borden (Friday at home) and Paoli (Saturday on the road).’
Lanesville also played without Griffen Reynolds, who missed the game due to an illness.
The Eagles are off to a fast 2-0 start to the season.
‘It’s a good group of kids,’ Miller said. ‘The other night, I think we had 30 assists in our game, and we had several again tonight. I love seeing that type of play. They really don’t care who is scoring; they just want to win.’
Lanesville 20 28 16 21 ‘ 85
Corydon Central 9 20 6 2 ‘ 37
Lanesville (2-0) ‘ Cook 25, Ash 23, Stewart 14, Dillon 10, Bailey 7, Schickel 3, DeSpain 3.
Corydon Central (0-2) ‘ Wiseman 22, Beauchamp 7, Kessinger 4, Adams 2, Lee 2.
3-point goals ‘ Lanesville 8 (Ash 5, Stewart 2, Schickel); Corydon Central 1 (Wiseman).
Corydon’s weekend schedule changed
The Corydon Central boys’ basketball team is slated to play at rival North Harrison on Friday at 7:30 p.m. One change has been made to the schedule regarding Saturday. The Panthers were set to face Southridge, but that game has been a postponed to a later date yet to be scheduled.
Southridge is coming off winning the Class 2A state football championship last Saturday, defeating Woodlan 15-14.