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Highlanders cruise past Corydon, 59-41


January 11, 2012
The Floyd Central Highlanders relied on a big fourth quarter to pull away from visiting Corydon Central Friday night, using some solid defense and controlling the paint to get the 59-41 win.

"We said at Christmas we were a (grade) C," Floyd Central coach Randy Gianfagna said. "We're still at a C, I think."

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Floyd Central’s Connor Schellenberg picks the pocket of Corydon Central’s Tommy Wiseman for a steal in the Highlanders’ 59-41 win. Photo by Wade Bell
Floyd Central shot the ball well early, hitting 7 of 12 attempts in the first quarter, while the Panthers put up four deuces. Turnovers also hurt the Panthers, who had eight in the quarter, several of those caused by Floyd Central's Connor Schellenberg. The Highlanders controlled the period, with Quinton Miller sinking a three-ball at the buzzer for a 17-8 Highlander lead.

Corydon Central tried to get back in the game using the three-point shot in the second period, but the Panthers hit just two of the five they put up. Overall, Corydon Central hit just 3 of 10 field-goal attempts in the quarter.

The Panthers did close the gap to eight, 28-20, on a pair of freebies by Brayden Lander with 1:41 to go, but they were the last points of the half as the Highlanders took their lead to the locker room.

Gianfagna credited Schellenberg for his defense in the first half.

"He did a nice job and got us in the passing lane," the Floyd Central coach said. "He did a good job keeping us in it, and I thought everybody played well. The little things, we're still fouling too much. We got them in the bonus in both halves. So, that's some things we've got to shore up."

Corydon Central's points in the third quarter came either in the paint or from the free-throw line, and the Panthers made a slight gain, cutting their deficit to seven, 39-32, with a quarter to go.

The Highlanders, however, exploded in the fourth period, beginning with a 12-1 run, as Nick Bomersbach drilled a three for a 51-33 Floyd Central advantage. Jordan Thompson later added a one-handed slam for good measure as the Highlanders went on to post a 59-41 win.

"This was a rough week for them," Gianfagna said of his team. "Tuesday, we just did not play well at all. … We got a dunk in overtime at Meade County and went up one in overtime, and we jogged by on 'D' and they hit a three. You go from up one to down two because everybody's hopping around because of the dunk. The dunk is great, but you better go back and play defense. So, tonight, I thought we were a little more focused."

Bomersbach led the winners (6-6) with 13 points, and Miller and Thompson finished with 12 each. Schellenberg had 10 points for the Highlanders, who shot the ball well, hitting 26 of 49 field-goal attempts (53 percent) and 3 of 6 free throws. Floyd Central had 14 turnovers.

"(Thompson) had four or five blocks," Gianfagna said. "He took over and rebounded and put the exclamation point on it. We were pretty hard on him this week because he hadn't played up to what we think his standards are."

Tyler Ross led Corydon Central (4-5) with 13 points. The Panthers connected on 13 of 36 field-goal attempts (36 percent) and 12 of 14 free throws. Corydon Central had 23 turnovers.

Gianfagna said his team has to keep the intensity level up to move up another grade level.

"Play like we did in the fourth quarter in terms of patience level, get what we want," he said. "Once you get up, you don't allow them back in the game. We haven't done that in games."

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