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Wiseman’s 32, Panthers’ surge not enough

Wiseman’s 32, Panthers’ surge not enough
Wiseman’s 32, Panthers’ surge not enough
Corydon Central guard Joey Wiseman reaches in to take the ball away from Scottsburg's Treyton Owens last Tuesday.

A last-ditch effort to erase a nine-point deficit late in the game came up short for the Corydon Central boys’ basketball team last Tuesday in the first round of the Class 3A North Harrison Sectional.
Scottsburg, behind 21 points from forward Nicholas Sebastiao, survived with a 51-50 victory despite only scoring two points in the final three minutes.
Down 49-40, Corydon Central’s Joey Wiseman stepped back to hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night. The junior will likely target shooting 32 in his spring golf season but finished with that amount on the hardwood against Scottsburg.
Wiseman then snagged a steal up top, leading to a field goal with 2:37 to go.
Scottsburg, attempting to milk the clock, got its last basket with 1:42 left when Sebastiao scored underneath.
Corydon Central benefited from Braydon Beauchamp’s drive to the rim, finishing a 3-point play after drawing contact. On the defensive end, Wiseman and teammate Brody Kessinger were in a scramble for a loose ball. Eventually corralled by Kessinger, his pass ahead to Wiseman led to a break. A field goal by Beauchamp on a feed from Wiseman brought Corydon Central within one point, 51-50, with 48 ticks left.
‘Joey made a couple big steals and was one of the reasons we had a chance to win,’ Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said.
Opting not to immediately foul worked out for Corydon Central in the final minute. Scottsburg was eventually whistled for a travel, giving the Panthers a shot to win with 21 seconds remaining.
Wiseman made a move to the rim, drawing all but one Scottsburg defender. His kick-out to Logan Murphy was misplayed, forcing Kolkmeier to call a time-out with 0:03 showing on the clock.
Corydon Central’s final play was a long heave by Beauchamp that fell well short.
‘We had a great opportunity at the end,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘On our last play, we weren’t aggressive enough. We have settled for perimeter shots all year long.’
Wiseman had a big game for the Cougars, making 6-of-12 3-pointers as part of his 32 points. He also led the team in rebounds (six), assists (three) and steals (two).
‘Those moments when it matters, other than Joey getting steals, we weren’t able to get stops,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘Our secondary rotation was not very good.’
As Wiseman made two 3-pointers in the opening quarter, Corydon Central had trouble slowing Sebastiao, who had six points inside.
‘We went after things hard in the first quarter,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘An emphasis was to go hard, but we weren’t going as hard when guys got tired. (Sebastiao) owned us on the drive. We didn’t do a good enough job stopping him.’
In the second quarter, Corydon Central went up 11-10 when Wiseman rained a 3-pointer from the Cougars’ logo outside the wing. A 3-pointer by Logan Murphy and a Wiseman field goal in transition gave Corydon Central a 22-20 lead.
Three of Scottsburg’s long balls came in the second quarter. Inside the final 70 seconds, Brantley Deaton and Mitchell Prince netted treys to give Scottsburg a 28-24 lead at the half.
Scottsburg stretched its lead to five in the second quarter before leading 36-33 at the end of three quarters.
Cold shooting from Cory- don Central spilled into the early stages of the final stanza as Prince broke loose for another 3-pointer. His second triple put Scottsburg up 49-40 before Corydon Central made its last effort to come back. Prince finished the contest with 15 points.
Scoring outside of Wiseman’s 32 for Corydon Central included eight from Beauchamp, six from Bradley Nalley, three via Murphy and a single out of Alton Adams.
‘It’s been the story for most of the year, only one guy scores for us consistently,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We never found an offensive rhythm. We looked good in stretches when we made perimeter shots. When we played well, we hit perimeter shots. We hoped Logan could have hit a few more tonight. We didn’t get Bradley attacking enough.’
Against Scottsburg, Kolkmeier said the plan was to attack off the dribble and create opportunities with cuts to the paint.
‘We were too passive with the dribble,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘We just settled for 3s. You have to find ways to get easy shots.’
Neither team was able to get to the foul line much. When they did, Scottsburg had a percentage advantage, making all four attempts. Corydon Central went 3 of 9.
‘Free throws, we missed a lot of those,’ Kolkmeier said.
Corydon Central spent much of the early schedule dealing with injuries and illnesses. The Panthers finished their season with a 5-19 record and will graduate two seniors: Orlando Reyes and Beauchamp.

Scottsburg 8 20 8 15 ‘ 51
Corydon Central 8 16 9 17 ‘ 50
Scottsburg (7-17) ‘ Sebastiao 21, Prince 15, Whitler 6, Deaton 5, Smith 2, Owens 2.
Corydon Central (5-19) ‘ Wiseman 32, Beauchamp 8, Nalley 6, Murphy 3, Adams 1.
3-point goals ‘ Scottsburg 5 (Prince 4, Deaton); Corydon Central 7 (Wiseman 6, Murphy).