Charlestown High School’s Samantha Matthews ended a fantastic career last Tuesday evening when the Lady Pirates fell in a hard fought battle to Brownstown Central in their first game of the IHSAA girls’ basketball sectional. Samantha scored twenty points in the game to give her a grand total of 1,417 points from 2015-2019, placing her 3rd on the Lady Pirates all time scoring list behind Abby Conklin with 2,616 (1993) and Kaitlynn Henning with 1,528 (2015).
Samantha is the daughter of Charlestown head coach Scott Matthews (New Washington ’89) and Paige Barrett, the granddaughter of Jim Matthews (long time New Washington coach), and the great granddaughter of Emmett Lowery (Arsenal Tech–1929 Gimbel Medal Award/Purdue University).
Best wishes to Samantha as she continues her education and basketball career next year at the University of Tampa.
Article contributed by WPMQ staff; photo by Melissa Stewart.
McDonald’s unveiled their list of more than 800 top male and female high school basketball players from across the country who will have a chance to play in the 42nd annual McDonald’s All American Games and on that list was Lady Pirate Samantha Matthews. Players from 46 states and the District of Columbia were nominated by their high school coaches, athletic directors, principals, and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Samantha was one of only ten girls basketball players making the final cut to be nominated from the state of Indiana. When asked about the nomination, Samantha said, “I am happy and thankful to be nominated along with some other great players from Indiana. I’m looking forward to making an impact and contributing to a successful program at UT (University of Tampa).”
The final rosters for the 2019 McDonald’s All American Games will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:00 P.M. ET on ESPN’s “The Jump” and at 6:00 P.M. ET on SportsCenter. Follow @McDAAG on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and announcements. If Samantha makes the final roster, we will share ticket information and more here. Good luck and congratulations, Samantha!
–Article contributed by WPMQ Staff.
The CHS Student Council has released details regarding basketball homecoming week and invites any and all to join them not only in crowning this year’s royalty, but also in supporting their efforts to give to those in need.
In lieu of a traditional spirit week, the CHS student council is partnering with student councils from Charlestown Middle School, Jonathan Jennings Elementary School, and Pleasant Ridge Elementary School to bring the community its “In the Spirit of Service” week. Each day a dress up theme was selected in traditional fashion, but it was selected with a need for service in mind. Students (and community members) are invited to donate items that match the daily themes and those items will go to an organization in the community that provides for those in need.
You can view a Student Council produced video here that explains the event in further detail. https://youtu.be/jV327JniB-w
Girls basketball homecoming and the king’s ceremony will be held Thursday, January 17th between the JV and varsity game vs. Salem. The boys basketball homecoming and queen’s ceremony will be Friday, January 18th between the JV and varsity game vs. Eastern.
Recently Senior Lady Pirate Basketball player Samantha Matthews gathered with family and school officials to sign a letter of intent to attend and play women’s basketball at the University of Tampa.
Samantha stated that the day was a day she dreamed about since she was a child. She feels like Tampa is the best fit for her because on her visit, it felt like a place she could call “home.” She added that it was a strong school academically and feels she will fit in with the coaches.
During Samantha’s signing, shown seated at center, she was joined by her parents Paige Barrett and Scott Matthews (Lady Pirate Head Coach), seated on either side. Samantha was also joined by her stepmother Candace Matthews (seated far right front row), her stepfather Jeff Barrett (seated far left front row). Shown left to right standing and supporting Samantha are Lady Pirates Assistant Coach Jason Hawkins, sister Sloane Barrett, CHS Athletic Director Chad Gilbert, stepsisters Skylar Cochran and Alexis Finchum, and Cross Country Coach Jerry Doyle. Congratulations to Samantha on her decision to play college basketball at the University of Tampa and best wishes for a successful education and career.
The Lady Pirates entered the basketball game Saturday night with more on their minds than just a Mid-Southern Conference match-up. Having learned just the night before that a former assistant coach had suddenly and unexpectedly passed, the team was on a mission to honor Coach Chad Crace in their efforts on the floor that night. Adonned in matching headbands with “Crace” across them, the girls took the floor and set out to execute their game plan, which for the most part, worked all night.
It was a back and forth contest, which saw Samantha Matthews score her 1,000th point as a Lady Pirate. After the first quarter, North Harrison led by 1, 7-8. At the half, the game was tied 17-17. To end the 3rd, the Lady Pirates were up 35-30. But after the Lady Cats found a hot hand and their way through the lane in the 4th, they were able to edge out the Lady Pirates 52-50.
Samantha Matthews finished as the game’s leading scorer with 26, while North Harrison’s Miss Basketball prospect and close friend of Matthews, Lilly Hatton, finished with 22. For the Lady Pirates, Biscardi finished with 11, Watson with 8, and Crace with 5. It’s also worth noting the Lady Pirates hit 10 threes on the night.
The Lady Pirates are back in action Wednesday when they host Silver Creek.
The Charlestown Lady Pirates (10-3) surged in the second half, courtesy of the charity stripe; to outlast the Providence Pioneers 40-36 and earn the program’s 19th Holiday Tourney Title. The Lady Pirates played nip and tuck with the Pioneers (6-6) to a 17-17 tie at the break. Charlestown surged near the end of the third to outscore Providence 13-8 before slowing things down in the fourth. Charlestown built a five point lead with four minutes remaining, but turnovers allowed the Pioneers to fight back to within one with less than two minutes on the clock. Providence was forced into fouling late; however solid free throw shooting by Erin Kimbrell and Samantha Matthews sealed the deal for the Lady Pirates. Charlestown scored its final ten points of the game from the charity stripe. Matthews finished the game a little under the weather and scoring 17 points after scoring 22 the night before against Clarksville. Jackie Biscardi added 12 points on four treys; while Bri Harvey finished with five and Kimbrell four.
Samantha Matthews, who scored nearly 40 points during the tourney, was named the annual Butch Troutman Tourney MVP, while Bri Harvey and Jackie Biscardi were named to the all-tourney team. “It’s a good win because a game we had to fight through and really earn it against a quality opponent,” Head Coach Scott Matthews said, “and we showed we can be resilient in tough spots and make plays to come out on the winning side.”
The Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball team (9-3) advanced to the Championship game of the Charlestown Holiday Tournament Wednesday evening by dispatching Clarksville 92-34. Thursday evening’s championship game will mark the 24th time the hosts have advanced to the tourney final; and will face the 2016 defending tourney champs from Providence at 7:30 pm. Providence (6-5) outlasted Silver Creek 50-42 in the second first round game at Charlestown Wednesday evening. Clarksville (4-13) and Silver Creek (5-10) will meet in Thursday evening’s consolation game of the Charlestown Holiday Tourney at 6:30 pm in the CHS Sports Arena. The Charlestown Varsity Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament, is the oldest girl’s tournament in the state with the same four teams; of which Charlestown has won 18 times, Silver Creek 14 times, Clarksville 5 times and Providence 4 times.
The Lady Pirates outscored Clarksville 47-16 Wednesday evening in the first half and finished the game with five players in double figure scoring while advancing to the championship game for the seventh straight year. Scoring leaders for Charlestown included Samantha Matthews (22 points), Jackie Biscardi (21 points), Bri Harvey (16 points), Gabby Gagnon (12 points), and Peyton Crace (10 points).