Panthers finish fast over Lanesville
The newest bench boss at Corydon Central High School has his first win. Coach Joseph Hinton and the Corydon Central boys’ basketball team toppled Lanesville Saturday night, 61-51, on its home court after leading the entire second half.
Both teams appeared to be dealing with a Thanksgiving overload, as buckets came at a premium early. The game opened with a nearly three-minute scoring drought. That was followed by 1:40 without anyone scoring to start the second quarter and another three minutes without the “swish” of the net to begin the third quarter.
“With kids, they’re going to make mistakes, just like us adults are going to make mistakes,” said Hinton, who was promoted from his role as the program’s junior varsity head coach this past summer following the departure of Jamie Kolkmeier. “At first, we were getting rushed a little bit, then, after we calmed down, we took a few deep breaths. We were able to get the ball in the middle, move it up the court and be able to run some offense.”
Lanesville had an early two-point lead, but Corydon Central would go out in front after the slow start and lead 10-9 after eight minutes of play.
“It was a battle, and everyone was working hard just to get a shot off,” Mike Sizemore, Lanesville’s assistant coach, said.
As the teams started finding their grooves, it was the Panthers’ youngest starter, sophomore Bryce Weber, who led the team with 18 points, including connecting on three 3-point shots.
“We actually hit the boards really good, which is what we needed,” Weber said following the win. “We took smarter shots, and our defense was locked down.”
The Eagles had a five-point advantage, 16-11, in the second quarter with approximately four minutes to play before halftime, but the Panthers closed the half on a 15-4 run.
Corydon Central took the lead behind the play of freshman Anthony Martin. The forward scored six points in the final 47 seconds by sinking 1 of 2 free throws then knocking down a three with about 12 seconds to play. He then helped create a Lanesville turnover and finished with two more points under the rim right before the half-time horn.
“That was huge,” Hinton said. “He really grew up from one game to the next.”
Martin had 10 points on the night.
“The more we teach him, the more he learns, the better he is going to be,” Weber said.
In the second half, Corydon Central built a double-digit lead. A few different times, the Eagles cut the deficit down to a five-point game but never any closer.
“I think any win, it feels good for us; we have to live in the moment,” said Hinton. “Everyone has to enjoy the excitement that comes from winning, but we have to stay humble, we have to stay respectful and we have to worker harder for the next game.”
Lanesville was led by 13 points from Griffen Reynolds, as fellow senior Connor Nolot was a priority for Corydon Central’s defense, according to the Lanesville coaching staff.
“If we had to do it all over again, it might be a different result later on in the season, but it’s still early on,” Sizemore said.
Both programs will return to the court Friday night, with each beginning play in their respective conferences. Corydon Central will face North Harrison in Ramsey; tip off is set for 7:30.
“Lanesville plays extremely hard, and they play extremely tough and fast on us,” Hinton said. “I think the physicality Friday against North Harrison is going to be the same way.”
Corydon Central took a pair of wins last season from North Harrison, which ended a four-game head-to-head win streak the Cougars had against their feline foes.
“As far as size goes, a little different,” Hinton said. “North Harrison is pretty huge, and they’re one of the biggest teams we play all year.”
Lanesville, meanwhile, will open Southern Athletic Conference play with a Borden team that is coming off a Saturday night loss to Shoals High School. That contest will takes place at the Eagles Nest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“Borden looks almost exactly like Corydon,” Sizemore said. “For us to get prepared, we’re going to work on rebounds a lot.”
Lanesville 9 11 10 21 – 51
Corydon Central 10 16 11 24 – 61
Lanesville (1-1) – Reynolds 13, Nolot 11, Schickel 11, Bailey 6, Powers 4, Wernert 4, Philpott 2.
Corydon Central (1-1) – Weber 18, Adams 10, Martin 10, Eve 6, Fessel 6, Gentemann 4, Kaiser 4, Holton 3.
3-point goals – Lanesville 4 (Bailey 2, Reynolds 1, Schickel 1), Corydon 5 (Weber 3, Eve 1, Martin 1).