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PSC Semi-Finals - Corydon Central upends Wolfpack

Corydon Central upends Wolfpack
Corydon Central upends Wolfpack
Photo by Wade Bell. Crawford County’s Laken Belcher, left, drives the baseline around Corydon Central’s Nolan Ables during the Wolfpack’s PSC loss to the Panthers.
Wade Bell, Sports Writer

The Corydon Central boys’ basketball team put themselves in the championship round of the Perry-Spencer Holiday Classic last Tuesday night when the Panthers battled a hungry Crawford County Wolfpack team with a 61-47 win. A big second quarter proved to be the winning factor as Crawford County gave Corydon Central all it could during the contest.

“Crawford County played really hard,” said Corydon Central coach Joseph Hinton. “They’re a well-coached ball team and really athletic and physical. We missed a lot of block-outs tonight and a lot of second-chance points. We didn’t come out with the same energy we did in the first game in the beginning, then we picked it up in the middle of the game, which put us in the lead, and we kept it there.”

“I was kind of disappointed in some of our leadership and in our seniors and stuff,” said Crawford County coach Jerry Hanger Jr. “I didn’t think we had a good ballgame out of Chase (Satterfield). I didn’t think we had a good ballgame out of Keith (Brooks). I thought Jake (Davis) played hard. I thought Josh (Talley) played hard. It’s a frustration thing with me. We’ve been preaching the same stuff over and over and over: defense, moving our feet, boxing out, a lot of simple things in basketball.”

The two teams traded baskets early, then Corydon Central connected for a 7-0 burst to lead 10-4. The Wolfpack countered, however, in the second half of the quarter with a 7-0 run of their own and led 11-10 after the first eight minutes of play.

In the second quarter, the Panthers found their rhythm and scored the first nine points of the quarter to lead by eight. Isaac Nickelson scored in the paint for Crawford County to stop the run, but Corydon Central answered with an 8-2 burst. The two teams traded paint until Davis and Brooks got back-to-back baskets, the gap closing to nine, 32-23, at halftime.
Crawford County put up a 2-3 zone defense through much of the half trying to keep the Panthers out of the paint.

“The 2-3 zone threw us off because they had played a 3-2 against Tell City the entire game,” said Hinton. “Against the 2-3, we went 1-4 low and tried to overload the sides and we got some easy baskets in the middle and we got some shots on the outside when we overloaded a bit. When we started attacking that and getting the ball in the middle, we had them figured out.”

“I didn’t think it was very good,” Hanger said of his zone against the Panthers. “I had to get out of it pretty quick. I had to go man to man, and I don’t like playing a lot of man but we had to. That fell right into their hands. When I was behind, there was no way I could stay in the zone.”

Talley drilled a Crawford County three to start the third quarter, closing the gap to six. The two teams traded baskets again, then Satterfield drilled a three, pulling the Wolfpack back within five. Corydon Central took the ball inside and went on a 7-2 run, pushing its lead back to double digits. The Panthers kept the pressure on and had a 47-36 lead with one quarter to go.

Crawford County fought to get the game back into single digits, but the Panthers were matching the Wolfpack basket for basket. Corydon Central finally grabbed another gear and went on a 10-0 run to lead by 20. Crawford County made a run late, but the hole was too deep and the Panthers moved on into the championship round against Heritage Hills.

“I was a little disappointed that we let down there at the end,” Hinton said. “We let the pressure get to us there instead of taking care of business. Being up 20 or 21 points, we took that lead and never let them come back at all. We just kind of got a little complacent there at the end. I thought we played a good ballgame other than that. We made some silly errors and silly mistakes and, if we don’t do that, the score is going to be a little bit wider than what it was.”

“What we wanted to do was concentrate on everybody as a whole, get our hands up, move our feet, play defense,” Hanger said. “We don’t take charges; we wave at them. Our help defense, somebody is supposed to get around there and help defense and take a charge. We never do that. We always wave at them and stick our arms in there and get a reaching foul or something like that. It’s just little stuff like that gets frustrating. We’ve been preaching and preaching and preaching.”

Tyler Fessel led the winners with 15 points, and Bryce Weber had 13 for the game. Anthony Martin checked in with 12 points for the Panthers, who put in 22 of 48 field goals (46%) and 11 of 14 from the charity stripe. Corydon Central finished with seven turnovers for the 32 minutes of play.

“It’s a track meet for us,” said the Corydon Central coach. “We’re going to see if you guys can wear down faster than us. Even though we play only seven or eight guys, our guys are in pretty good shape right now and they can go for a full game. The only problem is we sometimes stay out there a little too long on too many plays instead of trying to get somebody else in. … but, overall, I think we’re in good shape and pushing that ball up the floor. We start passing it down the floor and got a lot of easy layups.”

Satterfield led the Wolfpack with 10 points. Crawford County found the basket 17 times of 46 attempts (37%) and connected on 12 of 15 free throws. The Wolfpack had 17 turnovers for the game.

“You can shoot a shot but whether it goes in our not is a different story,” Hanger said. “Boxing out and rebounding and playing defense should all be on the same page. That should be given. It doesn’t matter if you have any physical ability or not. You ought to be able to do those types of things. It just gets frustrating. It seems like we keep preaching to the choir.”

Corydon Central moved on to the championship round against a good Heritage Hills team. Crawford County, meanwhile, was forced out of the third-place round game due to COVID issues.

“They’ve got the freshman, (Trent) Sisley, who’s a heck of a player,” Hinton said. “He’s already got looks from some big D-1 programs. He’s going to be a focal point. They’ve got another big kid who’s about 6-5 or 6-6 who we’ve got to keep off the boards. Then they’ve got some guys on the outside that like to shoot the ball. It’s a good Heritage Hills team, and they’re starting to come on now. They’re younger than what they’re used, to and I think that hurt them at the beginning of the season when they played certain ball teams but now they’re getting into the midway of the season like us and trying to figure things out. We’ve got to be ready for that.”

Corydon Central  10 22 15 14 – 61
Crawford County 11 12  12 12 – 47
Corydon Central – Fessel 15, Weber 13, Martin 12, Vaughn 9, Ables 5, Shireman 5, Wiley 2.
Crawford County – Satterfield 10, Davis 8, Nickelson 8, Talley 6, Brooks 4, Conrad 4, Belcher 3, Sattler 2, Stroud 2.
3-point goals: Corydon Central 5 (Martin 2, Ables 1, Fessel 1, Weber 1); Crawford County 2 (Satterfield 1, Talley 1).