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Panthers go wire to wire, sink Pirates

Panthers go wire to wire, sink Pirates
Panthers go wire to wire, sink Pirates
Corydon Central players Jagger Holton (15) and Chandler Money (3) get fired up on the bench after teammate Braydon Beauchamp (31) converted a field goal while drawing a foul versus Charlestown. Photo by Brian Smith

In front of a rambunctious student section on homecoming night Saturday, the Corydon Central boys’ basketball team celebrated a 64-54 victory over Mid-Southern Conference-foe Charlestown.
For many in attendance, polishing off the win drew some of the greatest applause. Not only did the Panthers, at the foul line, go 14 of 15 in the final three minutes (the one miss was erased for a violation call), there was a bit of flair as well. Joey Wiseman, on a fast break, wrapped a behind-the-back pass to Braydon Beauchamp for a lay-in. Beauchamp, three possessions later, went up the floor quickly to finish around the rim while drawing hard contact. The made free throw gave Corydon Central its largest lead of the night at 62-48. The play showed fiery emotions out of the Panthers and their fans as they closed the book on the Pirates.
‘Tonight, we had a great start, but Charlestown fought back, making some plays,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. ‘We were able to be tough-minded enough to make some plays. I thought, tonight overall, we played together for the most part.’
Corydon Central put together a clean first quarter in which the Panthers turned the ball over only once and out-rebounded Charlestown 12-5. Unselfish play helped give the Panthers a lead they would never relinquish.
Beauchamp battled for an offensive board and put-back to score the game’s opening points. He also benefited from poking a steal away to teammate Bradley Nalley, who fed Beauchamp for a score.
With the Panthers nearing full health after Wiseman and Nalley missed games and Brody Kessinger nearing a varsity return, team unity is starting to find some sync. Wiseman had a trio of passes to open teammates leading to buckets in the opening quarter. His penetration to the lane allowed for drop-off passes to Jacob Eve and Alton Adams to score in the paint. Seeing an open lane, a Wiseman bounce pass to the opposite block set up a Beauchamp score and a 14-4 Corydon Central lead.
‘We have to keep getting stronger handling the ball,’ Kolkmeier added. ‘Bradley is getting there. Tucker (Gentemann) played strong tonight, and Alex Lee gave us some good minutes. He did some good things to help us out.’
A 7-2 start to the second frame put Corydon Central ahead by 14 points. All the Panthers’ points came via its defense. A steal by Nalley and assist to Logan Murphy prompted a field goal. Wiseman had two of his five steals lead to five points.
‘We have to continue to defend,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Hopefully, in the last two nights, especially tonight, we have a characteristic of a team that is playing unified on the defensive end. They are communicating. We also rebounded much better last night and tonight. We do have to clean up our free-throw rebounds.’
Corydon Central had a fast start against Salem the night before but eventually lost the road contest 61-40.
‘Last night, we had a good start then a long, long stretch where we didn’t score,’ Kolkmeier said of the Salem contest. ‘The second and third quarter, I think we scored on two out of 20 possessions. During that stretch, we were also 1 of 6 from the foul line and we were called for two offensive fouls, one an illegal screen on a dribble hand-off. They were at times that broke our momentum.’
Back to Saturday’s game, Charlestown made its run before halftime. Bo Braunecker got loose for a late 3-pointer to cut the Corydon Central lead to five, 30-25, at halftime.
The third quarter saw Charlestown only score four points, three coming on a Courtland Black long ball. Corydon Central, meanwhile, wasn’t able to extend its lead much. Wiseman netted a pair of triples, and Nalley had a field goal. No points were scored in the final four minutes of the frame.
‘If we could have gotten some layups like we did early, we need to take those all night long,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Let’s not settle for jump shots, which we can get at any time. That contributed to our scoring drought. We have to continue to work. We get caught in trying to do too much individual stuff at times.’
A pair of Brady Latham free throws for Charlestown trimmed the game to four points in the final 1:39 to play. Corydon Central then went on an 8-0 run to put the game away.
‘The good news is we had some perseverance tonight and stuck with things,’ Kolkmeier said.
Wiseman’s night concluded with 27 points, five rebound and six assists. Nalley just missed a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down nine boards. Beauchamp, hampered with foul trouble, had 11 points and eight boards. The night prior, Beauchamp had 13 boards against Salem.
‘We’ve been making the two steps forward, one step back or one step forward, two steps back,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Even if they are small steps, we have to keep getting better at things. We don’t want to compound our mistakes. Last night was a good example where we’d turn one mistake into three. Tonight, when we made mistakes, we did a good job fighting back.’
Black paced Charlestown in scoring with 18.
The Panthers will hit the road tonight (Wednesday) to face Crawford County. They also have games slated for Friday (at Paoli) and Saturday (hosting Brownstown Central.

Charlestown 7 18 4 25 ‘ 54
Corydon Central 16 14 8 26 ‘ 64
Charlestown (3-12, 1-4 MSC) ‘ Black 18, Braunecker 11, Parella 9, Mitchell 8, Logsdon 5, Latham 3.
Corydon Central (2-10, 1-3) ‘ Wiseman 27, Nalley 16, Beauchamp 11, Murphy 6, Adams 2, Eve 2.
3-point goals ‘ Charlestown 9 (Black 4, Braunecker 2, Parella 2, Logsdon); Corydon Central 3 (Wiseman 2, Nalley).

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