Panthers comeback falls short at Scottsburg
by George Browning, Sports Writer [email protected]
The Corydon Central boys’ basketball team trimmed a 16-point deficit down to six points in Friday night’s Mid-Southern Conference clash but couldn’t get any closer, falling to the host Warriors, 70-55.
Panthers coach Joseph Hinton said he was pleased with the way his team fought back, but they just couldn’t get over the hump.
“When we got back in the game, we did a better job of blocking them out on the defensive end and keeping them off the offensive glass,” Hinton said. “We were able to move the basketball and make the extra pass for the open shot, and our defensive pressure increased. During that stretch, the kids really bought in to what we were doing and everybody helped each other out. We had the momentum going our way, and then we just went away from it.”
Scottsburg led by nine, 35-26, at halftime and then opened the third quarter on a 16-8 run that stretched the lead to 16, 51-35.
Hinton called a time out with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter, and that sparked Corydon’s furious come back.
Jagger Holton hit a basket for the Panthers out of the timeout, and Anthony Martin sank a three.
Tyler Fessel hit one of two free throws after getting a steal and a drive to the basket that trimmed the Warriors’ lead to 10, 51-41, with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter. A three by Alton Adams was sandwiched in between two Scottsburg baskets by Hayden Cutter, making the spread 11, 55-44.
Martin scored again for Corydon Central, and Koleton Kaiser hit a shot that trimmed the Scottsburg lead to eight, 56-48, heading into the final period.
Baskets by Adams and Holton kept the margin to six after another basket by Cutter, but the Panthers couldn’t get any closer.
At that point, Scottsburg’s Treyton Owens took the game over. He scored 12 of his 19 points in the final quarter, including nine points in a row that turned his team’s six-point lead back into a 15-point advantage, 67-52.
Hinton said once Owens hit a three-point basket midway through the third quarter, his team started guarding him on the perimeter but that decision turned out playing into the Scottsburg senior’s strength.
“We knew he was capable of that kind of play because he is a great player,” Hinton said. “He hit one three-pointer against us, and we started going out and guarding him, but, when Treyton Owens wants to get inside, that’s where he is dangerous. We let him get in there and do what he is best at. We did a good job of guarding him for most of the night. We decided to get out on him, but we probably didn’t have to and, instead, we played right into his hands.”
After a back-and-fourth first quarter that ended in a 15-all tie, the Warriors began to take control in the second, thanks to Corydon Central turnovers and missed defensive rebounding opportunities.
Scottsburg got two baskets — one three and a one — two from Nicholas Sebastiao that turned the tied game into a five-point contest, 20-15, lead in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Brantley Deaton failed to convert an old-fashioned three-point play, but his two extended the lead to seven, 22-15.
A basket by Corydon Central’s Bryce Weber ended the run but only temporarily.
The Warriors scored eight unanswered points that gave them a 13-point, 30-17, lead.
After trading possessions, Corydon Central climbed back in with a 6-2 run to end the first half off a basket by Weber and four free throws from Holton. Holton’s freebies set up the Warriors’ run that led to the 16-point lead.
The two biggest factors in Friday’s loss for the Panthers were rebounds allowed and turnovers.
Hinton said rebounding is an area his team spends a lot of time on but didn’t do very well against the Warriors, especially on the defensive end.
“We have to keep people off the glass,” he said. “Scottsburg had a number of players who really hit the boards. We have to keep them out of the paint, no matter who we are playing. That’s one of the main things for us; we have to block out and we have to rebound. We just didn’t get it done tonight.”
When the Panthers played their best basketball Friday, they were not only limiting Scottsburg to one shot, but were also taking care of the basketball. Hinton said at times his team was playing out of control.
“We didn’t make very smart decisions with basketball,” he said. “We need to get better at making decisions throughout the game. Hopefully, that will come with time. It seemed liked we were a little hectic about things, and we can’t be that way. We have to play poised and under control.”
After taking a breath to celebrate Christmas, Corydon Central will be back in action in the PSC Classic hosted by Tell City and South Spencer. The Panthers will play Friday at 11 a.m. against Crawford County at Tell City. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Perry Central-Tell City game at 8:15 p.m. Friday. The losers of those games will play one another at 6:30 p.m.
The outcome of Friday’s games will determine when the Panthers will play Saturday. It will be either be 3, 4:15, 6:30 or 8:15 p.m.
Corydon Central 15 11 22 7 – 55
Scottsburg 15 20 21 14 – 70
Corydon Central (2-4, 0-2 MSC) – Jagger Holton 11, Bryce Weber 11, Alton Adams 10, Anthony Martin 10, Koleton Kaiser 6, Tucker Gentemann 4, Jacob Eve 2, Tyler Fessel 1.
Scottsburg (5-2, 5-0) – Hayden Cutter 22, Treyton Owens 19, Nicholas Sebastiao 15, Brantley Deaton 9, Jarrett Richey 3, Noah Smith 2.
3-point goals – Corydon Central 3 (Adams 2, Weber 1); Scottsburg 4 (Sebastiao 2, Deaton 1, Owens 1).