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).
The Charlestown Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams squared up Wednesday evening in James Matthews Gymnasium for some old fashioned and neighborly rivalry double header basketball action.
The Lady Pirates improved to 4-2 on the young season by thrashing the Lady Mustangs 78-29; and led by Jacqueline Biscardi’s 20 game point high, including four treys. Not that Charlestown didn’t book balanced scoring, Samantha Matthews added 18 and Karston Watson another 17 as their offensive performances continue to excel. Gabbie Gagnon knocked down three three-pointers to accumulate all her scoring on the evening. The Lady Pirates led 17-2 after one and 34-15 at the break before cruising through a 44 point second half; mainly using a tough full court defense to force 27 host turnovers. The Lady Mustangs (3-3) were led in scoring by Madison Fields, who finished with nine. New Washington Girls Basketball Coach Kirsti Holloway was quoted in the News and Tribune’s coverage as “I’m just completely flabbergasted,”….. “Never in my wildest imagination did I expect an outcome like this.” The Lady Pirates host MSC foe Austin on the 29th of November.
The Pirates (1-1) dominated the Mustangs in the second of the double header, the majority of the game; but allowed the Mustangs to fight their way back into the game forcing overtime. Charlestown prevailed 60-49 after finding the basket again from the charity stripe in the extra period; including Brady Latham scoring six of his total nine of the evening on six huge free throws. Charlestown led by as many as eighteen at times, outscoring the host Mustangs 10-2 in the second frame. The Pirates were led in scoring by Max Mitchell’s 14 and got 12 from Bo Braunecker, and another 10 from Addison Logsdon. New Washington (0-1) was led in scoring by Hunter Miles, who finished with 13 points, including three treys. The Mustangs out rebounded the Pirates 32-31. The Pirates begin MSC play on Tuesday, November 28th at Silver Creek; who is 1-0 after a 38-34 win at Henryville earlier this week.