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Panthers stung by visiting Hornets

Panthers stung by visiting Hornets
Panthers stung by visiting Hornets
Tyler Fessel of Corydon Central skies over Austin Contreras (24) and Cody Wallis of Henryville in Friday night’s game here. Fessel notched 17 points on the night, but it wasn’t enough as the Hornets walked out with a 49-45 victory. Photo by Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer

Poor shot selection plagued host Corydon Central Saturday night in a 49-45 setback at the hands of Henryville.

The Panthers shot 19 of 56 (34%) from the field and just 5 of 29 (17%) from the land of three in a matchup that saw the club climb from a 10-point first-quarter hole to take a late lead only to go scoreless in the final 4:01 minutes of the game.

“We took a lot of outside shots and didn’t move the ball inside enough. We were settling for a lot of shots out there, and we were playing man-to-man defense and were missing all of our assignments,” Corydon Central coach Joseph Hinton said. “We switched to a zone to make it easier to know the assignments and, even though we didn’t do great, I thought we did it well enough to compete and get back in the game. We still missed a lot of layups tonight and missed a lot of three-point shots, and those are things we need to knock down.

“I felt like we had the wrong people at the wrong time shooting shots, and we’ve got to get the ball where it needs to go,” he said, “and I thought Henryville got the ball where it needed to go and shot the shots they needed to shoot, so they ended up beating us.”

Hinton pointed out that in Corydon Central’s season-opening 48-44 loss to Seymour that his team went 3 for 22 on threes.

“We’re just settling right now,” Hinton said. “We’re not looking for what we need to look for. The preparation for the shot is what we need to have. The shot itself needs to be smooth, and I think we shoot the ball when we’re not ready and, because of that, the ball’s not going to go in.”

Corydon Central (0-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a pair of buckets by Nolan Ables, but Henryville surged ahead on an 14-0 run to end the quarter.

Anthony Martin ended the skid for the Panthers to start the second period and, after Henryville’s Westin Allen connected on one of his four threes on the night and teammate Layton Walton connected for a deuce, Corydon Central seemed to get back on track with a 7-0 spurt on two goals by Jagger Holton and a three-ball by Austin Vaughn to cut the deficit to 19-13.

The two clubs basically traded blows until the half-time buzzer, which ended with the Hornets (1-3) on top, 24-21.

The Panthers got on a roll to start the second half and finally reclaimed the lead, 29-26, after scores by Ables, Martin and Kolton Kaiser. Henryville countered with its own 6-0 run that was ended as Tyler Fessel heated up for Corydon Central on a deuce then a steal and layup. The third period ended with the Hornets on top, 36-33.

Fessel, who scored 17 after being shut out in the first quarter, had a personal 8-2 run on a couple of long bombs for a 41-38 lead. Unfortunately, the hosts couldn’t bottle up their earlier success, and Henryville was able to jump back out front with 1:38 left and hang on for the victory.

After Fessel, Ables scored 12, Martin had seven, Holton finished with four, Vaughn wound up with three and Kaiser ended the night with his third-period goal.

Allen had high-scoring honors for the Hornets, followed by Layton Walton’s 12 and 11 from Cody Wallis.

“I told our guys before the game that Allen was their best shooter, and he hit four threes on us,” Hinton said. “We just weren’t strong enough inside the paint and didn’t take the shots we needed to take.”

Henryville was 10-18 from the charity stripe, while Corydon Central went to the line five times and connected on three. The Hornets won the rebounding battle, 34-30, while Corydon Central turned the ball over nine times while forcing 15 miscues by the visitors.

Corydon Central is slated to host Scottsburg to lift the lid on the Mid-Southern Conference campaign Friday night.

Henryville                      14   10   12   13 – 49

Corydon Central             4   17   12   12 – 45

Henryville – Allen 17, Walton 12, Wallis, 11, Contreras 6, Guernsey 3.

Corydon Central – Fessel 17, Ables 12, Martin 7, Holton 4, Vaughn 3, Kaiser 2.

3-point goals – Henryville 5 (Allen 4, Guernsey 1); Corydon Central 5 (Ables 3, Fessel 2).