The Corydon boys’ basketball team took over in the fourth quarter with a 21-4 run and smothered visiting Jeffersonville 63-48 Tuesday night.
Corydon coach Jamie Kolkmeier said his team played tougher in the second half. “In the first half, I thought we bailed out on a few plays. In the second half, we really toughened up. We were strong on our moves and we didn’t get off-balance and just lean in there.”
Corydon (16-2) led just 43-40 before the onslaught began and the Red Devils (9-10) went four minutes without a point.
Jeff first-year coach Matt Pait said the Red Devils, who led by six points in the first quarter, had a chance to build a big lead in the first half but were hampered by miscues. The Red Devils committed 12 turnovers in the first half and 20 for the game.
“Turnovers were huge for us tonight,” Pait said. “We had opportunities to build a lead. … Then we gave them 10 straight points in the fourth quarter. We didn’t do our job early.”
The Panthers, winners of six straight, got plenty of balance as Timothy Wiseman, Brayden Lander and Bronson Kessinger all scored in double figures in the second half.
“We needed a spark and we got a spark going in the third quarter,” said Wiseman, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half. “Bronson played well and Brayden was fantastic.”
Kessinger, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, led Corydon with 20 points. Lander added 15 points.
“We have a mature group,” Kolkmeier said. “I don’t think we were so rushed in the second half. … We probably had eight one-pass shots (in the first half). If you’re going to take a one-pass shot, it’s got to be a great shot, not a good shot.”
Wiseman said it was a big win for the Panthers. “Big (Class) 4-A Jeff against 3-A Corydon — they’re used to beating us,” he said. “I don’t know how many times we’ve beaten them, but it’s not many.”
Kolkmeier said of Wiseman: “He had a nice game. He attacked the basic and he changed speeds in there.”
In the past 25 years, Corydon owns only one other win against the Red Devils. In 2007, Corydon won at Jeff 66-62.
For the Red Devils, Drew Ellis found his shot for 26 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Keenan Williams added 13 points.
“He was taking it to the rim like we asked him to do,” Pait said of Ellis. “He had good looks early and some good looks late that didn’t go in.”
Corydon next will host Silver Creek on Friday night and try to grab a share of the Mid-Southern Conference with Clarksville and Brownstown.
– Ellis 26, Hudson 4, Dale 1, Williams 13.Jeffersonville (9-10)
– Tim. Wiseman 19, Tom. Wiseman 3, Lander 15, Frederick 6, Kessinger 20.Corydon (16-2)
– Ellis 4, Tim. Wiseman 3.3-point goals