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Corydon-North collide in final game of PSC Classic

Corydon-North collide in final game of PSC Classic
Corydon-North collide in final game of PSC Classic
North Harrison teammates Jake Book (24) and Eli Gutknecht (20) come to the aid of teammate Zane Armstrong in the second half. Photos by Brian Smith

It was a busy PSC Holiday Classic, played over two days (Friday and Saturday) at South Spencer and Tell City for Corydon Central and North Harrison boys’ basketball programs.
After both teams turned in lackluster efforts in the opening round, both found themselves situated in the consolation bracket. Both teams won in the consolation round ‘ Corydon Central 65-49 over Perry Central and North Harrison a 63-59 winner over Boonville ‘ setting up a Harrison County showdown for fifth place.
During Saturday’s placement games, played at Tell City, North Harrison defeated Corydon Central for a second time this season, using a 50-point second half to roll 75-35 over the Panthers.
‘The first half was a struggle,’ North Harrison coach Kevin Jones said. ‘We pressured them early into turnovers but only had 21 points at the half. We struggled to make shots. In the second half, it came together.’
Corydon Central was held to one first-half field goal, a dunk from Bradley Nalley. North Harrison wasn’t able to put in many shots but was able to lead 21-8 at halftime.
The second half was a different story with the Cougars starting to roll on offense. Max Flock knocked down four 3-pointers in the second half. All but one of his 15 points came in the final 16 minutes.
‘The second half had more flow to the game,’ Jones said. ‘There was more of an up-and-down tempo, which forced the pace. I think that favored us.’
Corydon Central was within 20 points to start the final frame, but the Cougars out-scored their rival 33-10 in the stanza.
Ten players reached the scoring book for North Harrison, led by Flock’s 15. Reaching double figures was Jake Book (13 points), Braden Jenkins (12) and Langdon Hatton (10).
Corydon Central’s top scorer was Nalley with 12 points. Joey Wiseman added seven. Wiseman also had four rebounds. As a team, the Panthers shot 27 percent.
The tournament champion was Heritage Hills, which defeated Crawford County 44-38 in the final on Saturday.
First round: Heritage Hills 71, North Harrison 41
Through about 10 minutes of action, North Harrison hung with Heritage Hills. It was an opponent that defeated the Cougars 59-43 back on Nov. 25.
Jake Book, who did not play in the previous meeting due to an injury, knocked down a triple to cut Heritage Hills’ lead to one, 16-15, in the second quarter. From then on, it was all Patriots. Heritage Hills, behind 25 points from Murray Becher, throttled North Harrison 71-41 in Rockport.
‘Heritage Hills out-rebounded us by seven, and we had three more turnovers than they did,’ Jones said. ‘That usually doesn’t mean a 30-point loss, but we shot poorly and they hit shots when we guarded them and didn’t guard them.’
Simon Scherry dropped 16 points for Heritage Hills as well.
Book led North Harrison in scoring with 10 points, while Jenkins pitched in nine.
First round: Tell City 46, Corydon Central 18
It was a rugged offensive performance for Corydon Central in its opening game, played at Tell City. The host Marksmen took advantage of Corydon Central shooting 18 percent from the field to win 46-18.
The Panthers managed just five points in the opening half, trailing 22-5.
Scoring for Corydon Central came from Nalley (five points), Logan Murphy (five), Wiseman (four), Koleton Kaiser (two) and Tucker Gentemann (two).
Tell City had a balanced effort, paced by 11 points via forward Trent Arnold.
Consolation round: North Harrison 63, Boonville 59
Glen Rouch, a University of Southern Indiana signee, figured to be a player North Harrison wanted to slow down. The Cougars did just enough on the 6-foot-6 Boonville senior to prevail 63-59.
Through the early part of the season, North Harrison had struggled at the charity stripe, shooting less than 60 percent. Against Boonville, the line was kind to North Harrison. In the fourth quarter, to put the game away, North Harrison was 13 of 14. Skyler Wetzel made all seven of his tries, while Book went 6 of 7.
Wetzel was held scoreless in the opening-round game versus Heritage Hills but bounced back to score 11, including nine in the fourth frame.
‘Boonville was back and forth, but we got better effort out of certain kids we need it from,’ Jones said. ‘We found our offense in the second half and got going.’
Boonville led by two at the half, thanks to a buzzer-beater 3-pointer from Ben Meier, but North Harrison eventually took the advantage in the latter half.
Rouch, who scored 23 points, kept his team in the game with four long balls.
‘Rouch is a nice player,’ Jones said. ‘He was able to hit some 3s and one for a four-point play.’
Jones said he shook up his starting lineup, inserting Ben Davis, Zane Armstrong and Trevor Haub to join Book and Jenkins.
Davis ended up with nine points. Book and Jenkins were steady offensively with 19 and 10 points, respectively.
‘Ben Davis and Zane Armstrong did a good job for us,’ Jones said. ‘Book played well, and Jenkins had a double-double. Jenkins does a good job playing hard. It’s all about effort with him.’
Consolation round: Corydon Central 65, Perry Central 49
Keeping with facing Perry County teams, the Panthers were able to land their first win of the season. Corydon Central defeated Perry Central 65-49.
In the victory, the Panthers nearly doubled their average scoring output for the season with the offensive surge.
Corydon Central scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter to go up 22-10. Perry Central was able to cut the lead to seven at one point, but a 3/4-court shot by Wiseman before half put the Panthers up 29-19 at the break.
In the second half, Corydon Central was able to extend its lead to 19 before reaching the final horn.
Pacing the Panthers in scoring were Nalley with 22 points followed by 18 via Wiseman and 15 from Braydon Beauchamp. Nalley pulled down seven rebounds. Wiseman dished eight assists and had four steals.
Shooting was improved for the Panthers, scoring at a 55 percent clip.
Perry Central was led by Cain Hohne’s 13 points.

First round
North Harrison 8 9 12 12 ‘ 41
Heritage Hills 14 16 22 19 ‘ 71
North Harrison ‘ Book 10, Jenkins 9, Gutknecht 6, Armstrong 3, Haub 3, Harley 3, Hatton 3, Flock 2, Davis 2.
Heritage Hills ‘ Mu. Becher 25, Scherry 16, Jones 8, Begle 6, Meunier 4, Mi. Becher 4, Turner 4, Sisley 4.
3-point goals ‘ North Harrison 4 (Gutknecht 2, Book, Hatton); Heritage Hills 4 (Mu. Becher 4).

Corydon Central 2 3 8 5 ‘ 18
Tell City 14 8 17 7 ‘ 46
Corydon Central ‘ Nalley 5, Murphy 5, Wiseman 4, Kaiser 2, Gentemann 2.
Tell City ‘ Arnold 11, Beard 9, Lyons 7, Hunt 7, Blake 5, Smith 4, Fest 3.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 1 (Murphy); Tell City 4 (Arnold 3, Lyons).

Consolation semi-final
Corydon Central 12 17 18 18 ‘ 65
Perry Central 8 11 14 16 ‘ 49
Corydon Central ‘ Nalley 22, Wiseman 18, Beauchamp 15, Adams 5, Eve 4, Murphy 1.
Perry Central ‘ Hohne 13, Kiplinger 10, Bishop 10, Hubert 6, Mullis 4, G. James 4, C. James 2.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 5 (Wiseman 3, Beauchamp 2); Perry Central 1 (Hohne).

Boonville 13 13 14 19 ‘ 59
North Harrison 13 11 18 21 ‘ 63
Boonville ‘ Rouch 23, Meier 14, Hicks 11, Kirkland 6, Bruce 3, Goines 2.
North Harrison ‘ Book 19, Wetzel 11, Jenkins 10, Davis 9, Flock 6, Armstrong 4, Hatton 2, Haub 2.
3-point goals ‘ Boonville 7 (Rouch 4, Meier 2, Bruce); North Harrison 4 (Flock 2, Book, Davis).

5th-place game
North Harrison 11 10 21 33 ‘ 75
Corydon Central 4 4 17 10 ‘ 35
North Harrison ‘ Flock 15, Book 13, Jenkins 12, Hatton 10, Wetzel 9, Gutknecht 5, Armstrong 4, Harley 3, Davis 2, Haub 2.
Corydon Central ‘ Nalley 12, Wiseman 7, Beauchamp 5, Murphy 5, Holton 3, Lee 2, Adams 1.
3-point goals ‘ Corydon Central 1 (Murphy); North Harrison 6 (Flock 4, Gutknecht, Harley).