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Panthers dominate rival in rematch


December 31, 2008
Three weeks after a single point determined the winner between Corydon Central and North Harrison in boys' basketball, the rematch Saturday night hardly resembled the previous meeting.

Corydon, who lost to the Cougars at home 44-43 on Dec. 5, walloped North Harrison in the second round of the PSC Holiday Classic Saturday 69-45.

The Panthers put together their largest scoring output of the season, led by sophomore Seth Rennirt's career best 25 points.

Rennirt put in a complete effort. He broke an early 6-6 tie with a 3-pointer, and followed with a put-back, pushing the Panthers ahead 11-6. From there, Corydon rolled away, never allowing the Cougars to take the upper hand.

Taking good care of the ball in the first half, Corydon turned the ball over two times while getting good looks at the hoop. Rennirt scored 10 of Corydon Central's 22 second-quarter points to help vault his team to a 35-17 halftime advantage.

The Panthers closed the half on a 6-0 run thanks to contributions from Dylan Harl, Brandon Dunaway and Garett Ross.

North Harrison (1-6) struggled to get things going on offense. The Cougars committed nine turnovers in the opening half and failed to get inside on Corydon's defense.

"We wanted to get up and down the floor, then we just packed it in," Corydon coach Jamie Kolkmeier said. "I thought guys like Casey Saulman did a great job defensively and made some big shots for us."

The game was back and fourth in the third quarter. Corydon was able to extend its lead to 20 heading into the final eight minutes. In the fourth quarter, a 14-2 run put the Panthers up 66-35 and run with the victory.

North Harrison was led by Alex Edwards, who finished with nine points. Chad Eveslage contributed seven and Jarod Richards added six. Eleven different Cougars scored on the night.

Rennirt led Corydon Central (2-5) with 25, including a pair of 3-pointers. Dunaway also had a solid game, scoring 19 points. Ross contributed 10 and Saulman scored seven in a winning effort.

"We needed that one," Kolkmeier said. "We were disappointed after last night (loss to Perry Central). I thought our guys played much better, much harder, with better execution and better concentration. We got some real good efforts tonight from different guys."

The coach said the play of Rennirt and Baker sparked the team.

"Baker plays so hard," Kolkmeier said. "He has so much energy each night."

Corydon dropped the first game of the tournament to Perry Central 68-56, and North Harrison fell to Tell City 57-50, forcing the Harrison County rivals to meet in the second round.

The final round of the tournament took place yesterday (Tuesday) at Tell City. North Harrison played Heritage Hills in the seventh-place game and Corydon Central took on South Spencer for fifth place.

After the PSC Holiday Tournament, North Harrison will play at Austin on Jan. 9 to start a three-game stretch of Mid-Southern Conference battles.

Corydon welcomes former coach Randy Gianfagna and Floyd Central on Jan. 9.

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