Category Archives: Girls Basketball

Charlestown to Host IHSAA Girls Basketball Sectional #30

Charlestown High School is very excited about hosting the Girls High School Basketball Sectional #30 next week! Check out all the the FAN information you need to know below:

Dates and Times:

1/30/24 Tuesday: Game 1 6:00 PM / Game 2 7:30 PM

2/2/24 Friday: Game 3 6:00 PM / Game 4 7:30 PM

2/3/24 Saturday: Game 5 (Championship) 7:00 PM


Parking for FANS will be available in the SOUTH/MAIN PARKING LOT (Main Entrance) DOOR 32 off of Park Street, adjacent to the football field, directly in front of the gym. (See Map)

Entry & Seating:

The doors will open at 5:00 PM on Tuesday night, 5:00 PM Friday night, and 6:00PM Saturday night.

Ticket Prices: Single $7.00; Season $15.00 (Tickets sold at the gate un advertised by CHS). All sports passes are not valid for IHSAA tournament events. There will be NO PASS OUTS during the tournament.

School seating sections will be marked with signs each night. These areas will change from night to night as certain match-ups are created. (See map for opening night)

Crowd Control: Each school’s administration will be expected to help us in providing the best possible atmosphere for all of our athletes to participate in, but it begins with spectators being good sports and courteous and respectful to all members of the school communities participating!

Rules & Restrictions:


A. Balloons, banners and/or posters, etc. are not permitted.
B. Cowbells, and other such noise devices, banners, shakers on sticks, signs, posters, etc. are not permitted.
C. The use of high school pep bands at this IHSAA tourney is permitted.
D. No live animal mascots are permitted.
E. Line-up lanes of fans shall not be permitted on the playing floor at any time.
F. Carry-in radios, cassette, CD players and tape decks, etc. are not permitted on the playing floor.
G. The throwing of articles, including toilet tissue, is not allowed.
H. All Fans in attendance will be expected to wear shirts.

Video Taping/Filming:
A. Individual spectators are authorized to personally take still photographs of tournament events strictly for personal use.
B. Individual spectators are authorized to personally film, video tape and audio tape portions of IHSAA tournament events, strictly for personal use, only if advanced permission is obtained from the host school principal at the sectional.
C. Teams will only be allowed to tape/film the contest they are participating in. The videotaping/Film area will be set up in the balcony level at the half court line directly access from the main entrance to the arena


Photographers MAY use electronic strobe cameras during the progress of a sporting event as long as, in the opinion of the contest officials, the flash doesn’t hinder the actions of, or endanger the contestants. The final decision, as it relates to photography, rest with the judgment of the contest official. School administrators have the authority to designate certain areas from which photographers may operate during the contest.


We want to remind everyone that it’s the time of year when scammers try to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens on social media by selling pay-per-view links for athletic contests. They are fake! Please do not provide your credit card number or personal information! All audio/radio and television/live streams MUST be approved through the IHSAA ThreeSixtyGroup. Once the approved media list is shared with us, we will update this post with participating media so you know who is legit! Be safe, fans!

This information is brought to you by the Charlestown Athletic Department and the Student Radio/Television and Sportscasting program, WPMQ!

Nipper Signs with Midway University


Charlestown senior Maddie Nipper was recently joined by family, coaches, teammates, and friends to sign her celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Midway University in the fall.

Midway University is a private Christian university in Midway, Kentucky just minutes from the Lexington area along I-64. It enrolls approximately 1,900 students earning two-year and four-year degrees as well as master’s degrees. It is home to twenty-eight teams for men, women, and co-ed sports and it competes in the River States Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics  (NAIA). 

When asked about her choice to attend school and play basketball at Midway University with the Eagles, Nipper replied, “As I visited many great schools and met some wonderful coaches and players, Midway just felt like the right fit all around for me. The campus is beautiful and exactly what I was looking for. I also instantly felt a connection with Coach Gorby and the team. The energy and positivity of the team really attracted me to commit to Midway!” Nipper plans to major in business and minor in computer science.

Charlestown Lady Pirates basketball coach Scott Matthews had this to say: “On behalf of the Lady Pirate basketball team, I want to congratulate Maddie on her signing to Midway University. I look forward to following her basketball journey as she wraps up her high school career here at Charlestown this season and then after high school at the collegiate level. Go Eagles!”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Maddie and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as a Midway University Eagle.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff

Photo contributed by Candice Matthews

Lady Pirate Laney Hawkins Signs with Olney Central

Front Row L to R: Lisa Hawkins (Laney’s mother), Laney, Jason Hawkins (Laney’s father) Back Row L to R: Jerry Doyle (Cross Country Coach), Caleb Hawkins (Laney’s brother), Scott Matthews (CHS Head Girls Basketball Coach), John Orr (JV Girls Basketball Coach), Rick Myers (Assistant Girls Basketball Coach), and Ashley Diaz (Assistant Girls Basketball Coach)

Charlestown senior Laney Hawkins was recently joined by family, coaches, teammates, and friends to sign her celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Olney Central College in the fall.

Olney Central College is a two-year public community college in Olney, Illinois that offers a variety of educational opportunities with transfer degrees and technical programs that prepare students for careers in today’s competitive job market. OCC continuously receives recognition for its completion and graduation rates, earning it rankings as the No. 1 Community College in Illinois and one of the Top 150 Community Colleges in the nation.

OCC supports four sports at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I level. The men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball teams are extremely competitive in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and region.

When asked about her choice to attend school and play basketball at Olney Central College with the Blue Knights, Hawkins replied, “I chose Olney Central College to continue my academic and athletic career because of the effort the coaching staff has made to get to know me. I really like the style of play at Olney and how the players and coaches encourage and uplift each other. OCC is a small college with small class sizes with the opportunity to get to know instructors well. I’m very grateful and excited about this decision.” Hawkins will major in radiology technology.

Charlestown Lady Pirates basketball coach Scott Matthews had this to say: “Congratulations to Laney with her signing to Olney Central. We are excited to follow her basketball journey after high school and wish her the best of luck. Go Knights!”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Laney and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as an Olney Central College Blue Knights.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Aiden Stewart.

Lady Pirates’ McFarland Signs with Olivet Nazarene University

Front Row (L to R) Calvin McFarland (Tatum’s father), Tatum, Evan Johnson (ONU Coach), and Treasure McFarland
Back Row (L to R): Chance McFarland (Tatum’s brother), Kipton McFarland (Chance McFarland), and Scott Matthews (Charlestown Basketball Coach)

Charlestown senior Tatum McFarland was recently joined by family, coaches, teammates, and friends to sign her celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Olivet Nazarene University next year.

Nestled in the Village of Bourbonnais, just 45 miles from Chicago, is the 275-acre main campus of Olivet Nazarene University. The setting includes park-like landscaping surrounding historic and state-of-the art facilities. With 3,500 students, it’s large enough to offer a world-class education, and small enough to know fellow schoolmates.

ONU competes at the NAIA level in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, which includes fourteen member schools from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Olivet Nazarene is home to twenty-one varsity sports for both men and women.

When asked about her choice to attend school and play basketball at ONU with the Tigers, McFarland replied, “The reason I chose Olivet Nazarene University to continue my academic and athletic career is because of how welcoming the girls and the coaches were when I went to Olivet back in August for a camp. Olivet felt like a home away from home. The girls are really uplifting and push one another to do better in every aspect in life. ONU checked off every box on my list that I wanted in my future college and I couldn’t be happier to make this commitment to Olivet. ”

Charlestown Lady Pirates basketball coach Scott Matthews had this to say: “Congratulations to Tatum with her signing to Olivet Nazarene. We are excited to follow her basketball journey after high school and wish her the best of luck. Go Tigers!”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Tatum and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as an Olivet Nazarene University Tiger.


Photo provided by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Kassie Propes. Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Aiden Stewart.

Demaria King Signs with the University of Louisville for Track and Field

Seated (L to R) Claudine Buckner (Demaria’s mother), Demaria, Betty Buckner (Demaria’s grandmother
Back Row (L to R) Charlestown Assistant Track Coach Tony Lewis, Boys Track Coach David Daniel, DeAsia King (Demaria’s sister) Anneiah King (Demaria’s sister), Girls Track Coach Jerry Doyle, Assistant Track Coach Lauren Crowe, and Assistant Track Coach and U of L Track & Field alumn Megan Brooks


Demaria King has been a name synonymous with athletic success at Charlestown High School the past four years in both basketball and track and field.  Recently, the senior standout was joined by family, friends, and coaches to sign her national letter of intent to attend school and participate in both track and field at the University of Louisville in the fall.

The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville’s medical complex and houses the university’s health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

The University of Louisville competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the NCAA Division I level and is home to twenty one varsity sports.

King, who has already started this season with a 1st place shot put throw of 35′ 5″ in the New Albany Invite, has notable recognition in the sport over her three previous years at CHS.  A list of King’s accolades can be found below:

  • 2018-19 Courier Journal Honorable Mention
  • 2018-19 MSC Honorable Mention
  • 2020-21 MSC Champion
  • 2020-21 MSC Shot Put Champion
  • 2020-21 North Harrison Invite Shot Put record Holder
  • 2020-21 Sectional Champion
  • 2020-21 Regional Qualifier


King will throw shot put and hammer for the Cardinals and may expand her repertoire into other events. She will major in health and human performance. When asked about her school choice of The University of Louisville, King said, “UofL feels like home for so many reasons. Being exposed to the student experience and the support and community they bring meant everything. I am so excited to pursue both my academic and athletic career at Louisville! ”

Charlestown track and field coach Jerry Doyle shared the following sentiments on King: “It’s been a joy coaching Demaria, watching her grow not only as an athlete, but as a person. She is a perfect example of what leadership looks like. She leads by example!  I have no doubt that great things are in store for her, not only this season in track & field, but in all of her future endeavors as well.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Demaria and wish her a healthy and prosperous future as a University of Louisville Cardinal

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network’s Aiden Stewart.

Cochran Signs to Play Basketball with Lyon College

Front Row (L to R) Candice Matthews (mother), Skylar Cochran, Scott Matthews (stepfather and Charlestown High School girls’ basketball coach) Back Row (L to R) Lexi Finchum (sister), and David Abbott (Charlestown High School Assistant Athletic Director)

Recently, Charlestown senior Skylar Cochran was joined by family, teammates and coaches to sign her letter of intent to attend school and participate in basketball at Lyon college in the winter.

Located in Batesville, Arkansas, Lyon College is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college located in the foothills of the scenic Ozarks. Founded in 1872, it is one of the oldest colleges in Arkansas. Valued for its small class size, strong student-faculty interactions, and collegial atmosphere, Lyon has forged a singular identity by combining a deep commitment to outstanding liberal arts with a rich community setting. Undergraduates at Lyon can pursue degrees in 15 disciplines as well as pre-professional programs leading to careers in education, law, medicine, physical therapy, and more. Additional programs include the APPLE Project Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science programs for high school students.

Lyon College competes in the American Midwest conference (NAIA Division 1) and is home to many varsity sports including Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Wrestling, as well as Co-Ed sports archery, cheerleading, competitive dance, eSports, and Shooting Sports.

Cochran, who has received numerous athletic endeavors in cross country, basketball, and tennis over her career at Charlestown will major in forensic psychology. When asked about her choice to play at Lyon College with the Scots, Cochran said, “I chose Lyon College because the academics and environment are excellent. After arriving on campus it felt like home. I could tell they strive on building relationships with their students and athletes. I’m grateful for the opportunity to play basketball for a top ranked program. Coach Stewart-Lange and coach Church have been very supportive and helpful in the recruiting process. I can’t wait to become a Scot.”

Charlestown basketball coach (and Cochran’s stepfather) shared the following sentiments on Cochran: “Skylar has dedicated a lot to the sports she has participated in and we are appreciative of her efforts for the past four years.  We will miss her here as a Pirate, but wish her the best in this next chapter of her athletic and academic endeavors.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Skylar and wish her a healthy and prosperous future as a Lyon College Scot.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network’s Clayton Rothbauer

Basketball Holiday Tourney and Wrestling Schedule Changes/Updates

Lots of information here, folks so if you plan on attending girls basketball, wrestling, or boys basketball please read below!
⛹️‍♀️ See Revised GIRLS BASKETBALL Tournament at Scottsburg below:
All will be played at Meyer Gym on 12/29. Here are the matchups and times:
10 am CHARLESTOWN v. Jennings County
Noon Scottsburg v. Greenwood Christian
2 pm Jennings County v. Lawrenceburg
4 pm Greenwood Christian v. East Central
6 pm Lawrenceburg v. CHARLESTOWN
8 pm Scottsburg v. East Central
🤼 WRESTLING will be at Madison 12/29 and 12/30. Some wrestlers will be attending the Southridge match on 12/30. Cub Classic start time is 9:00 am.
December 29, 2020
Game #1: Silver Creek vs Providence @ 6 PM
Game #2: Clarksville vs Charlestown @ 8 PM
** First team listed will be visitors wearing Dark uniforms**
December 30, 2020
Consolation Game @ 6 PM
Championship Game @ 8 PM
Masks are required for entry and during the game.
We ask that all spectators practice social distancing and spread out.
We will only have one side of the bottom bleachers open.
Each Team will be given 3 comp tickets.
Tickets are $6
No Hospitality Room
No net cutting/celebrations. Teams should return to the locker room immediately following the game. Teams will not be allowed to stay and watch the second game.
8 cheerleaders allowed per school
All tourney team will be announced immediately following championship game.
All games will be streamed through the NFHS Network
600 tickets to each game will be offered on GoFan (Links below)
Gym will be cleared between games.
Teams may not warm up until the gym is cleared.
Queen candidates (Kaylee Zimmerman for CHS) will be announced and crowned at the halftime of the championship game.
GoFan Ticket Links
Game #1 6:00 PM Silver Creek vs Providence
Game #2 8:00 PM Clarksville vs CHARLESTOWN
Consolation Game 6:00 PM
Championship Game 8:00 PM
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