Corydon cruises to MSC road win at Eastern
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
The Corydon Central Panthers used a 16-3 run in the first half of Friday’s Mid-Southern Conference road game at Eastern Pekin that allowed them to cruise to an easy 78-43 win.
“Our goal heading into this game was to just execute on the offensive end,” said Corydon Central coach Joseph Hinton. “We also wanted to make Eastern work for what they got on their offensive end. I thought we executed very well in both of those areas. Plus, we were able to take care of the basketball.”
The Musketeers took a 9-7 lead midway through the first quarter off a basket by Cade Jones.
Corydon Central answered and was able to tie the score and take a lead off back-to-back buckets by Jacob Eve.
The Panthers’ lead grew to six, 15-9, when Koleton Kaiser joined the scoring with two of his own.
Eastern tried to stay close, scoring three points, one from a free throw and two on a basket by Cauy Motsinger.
Kaiser scored two more of his nine points that put Corydon Central on top, 17-12, at the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers started the second quarter by scoring the first seven points, three from Tucker Gentemann and two each by Tyler Fessel and Anthony Martin.
Motsinger scored two more for the Musketeers, but that basket did little to stop the Panthers’ momentum.
Martin scored five points, Bryce Weber had two and Alton Adams converted an old-fashioned three-point play that turned Corydon Central’s 24-12 advantage into a 34-16 lead late in the second quarter.
Eastern showed fight by outscoring the Panthers 6-2 in the final two minutes of the first half that allowed the Musketeers to pull to within 13, 35-22 at halftime.
The two teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the third quarter with Weber scoring for Corydon Central and Rhett Pennington getting two for the Musketeers. That would be as close as Eastern would get.
Fessel drained a three, and Jagger Holton hit four free throws and a two-point basket. Kaiser also hit a two, putting the Panthers up 17, 45-28.
Hinton said he thought Holton’s play during that stretch of the third quarter really helped his team pull away.
“Jagger is one those players who is always going to give me everything he has got,” Hinton said. “He gives 110% effort every time he steps on the floor, and he really wants to do what we ask him to do and, as a coach, that’s the kind of kid you want. He is like having a second coach on the floor.”
Weber and Martin joined Holton in the scoring barrage as both knocked down threes late in the third quarter. Adams added a two, giving Corydon Central a comfortable, 56-36, lead heading into the fourth.
The Panthers held Eastern to just seven points in the fourth quarter and turned most of the final quarter over to reserves.
Martin led a balanced Corydon Central scoring attack with 15 points, and Weber and Adams added 11 points each.
“We are starting to get on a roll,” Hinton said. “I’m really excited to see where this team is headed. Sectional is right around the corner, so we have to take the momentum from these wins and run with it.”
In all, 12 Panthers found their way into the scoring column against Eastern. The players who are normally on the floor late in the game had a chance to cheer on the players who don’t get as many varsity minutes.
Hinton said the fact that his players root for one another is what makes this group a great group to be around.
“We have a team full of guys who support one another,” Hinton said. “I thought when the bench kids went in, they gave a great effort. I told them I don’t care what the score is I want maximum effort, and they gave me that and every player was rooting them on.”
Corydon Central followed Friday’s win with a 71-41 loss Saturday at Castle.
Corydon Central 17 18 21 22 – 78
Eastern 12 10 14 7 – 43
Corydon (10-10, 4-4 MSC) – Anthony Martin 15, Alton Adams 11, Bryce Weber 11, Koleton Kaiser 9, Jacob Eve 8, Tyler Fessel 7, Jagger Holton 6, Tucker Gentemann 3, Nolan Ables 2, Nolan Adams 2, Noah Denbo 2, Owen Shireman 2.
Eastern (2-16, 0-8) – Rhett Pennington 12, Cade Jones 11, Cauy Motsinger 7, Ryan Adamson 6, Jacob Cherry 6, Conner Gonzalez 1.
3-point goals – Corydon 8 (Martin 3, Adams 1, Fessel 1, Gentemann 1, Kaiser 1, Weber 1); Eastern 3 (Adamson 1, Jones 1, Pennington 1).