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.
Pirate Nation, it is time!! Tomorrow night is the home opener for Coach Scott Matthews and the Charlestown Girls’ Basketball team. The Lady Pirates, who feature junior Samantha Matthews (averaged 15.9 points per game last year) and senior Bri Harvey (averaged 13.2 points per game last year) face off against conference rival and state ranked North Harrison Lady Cats, which includes Junior Lily Hatton (averaged 20.1 points per game last year), and senior Cali Nolot (averaged 13.5 points per game). The Lady Pirates (1-0) open up conference play tomorrow night, JV tip will begin at 6:00pm, with the varsity to follow. Come out and support your Charlestown Lady Pirates tomorrow night!
The Charlestown Lady Pirates traveled to Madison on Saturday to open the 2017-18 basketball season and they brought home a victory. The Lady Pirates were led in scoring by Samantha Matthews who finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Other scorers for the Lady Pirates included Bri Harvey with 9, Erin Kimbrell with 7, Karston Watson with 5, and Gabi Gagnon with 4.
The Lady Pirates will be back in action Saturday evening when they host 2017 state runner-up North Harrison, a team led by 6-1 forward Lilly Hatton who comes into this season 2nd in the state as last year’s single season shot blocker. Hopefully the power play of Samantha Matthews who averaged 15.9 ppg and Bri Harvey who averaged 13.9 ppg last season, along with a solid support cast will be enough to overcome Powerhouse North Harrison.
Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball Head Coach Scott Matthews has announced a parent meeting for Thursday, September 28th, beginning at 7 pm in the CHS Sports Arena. The meeting will be very informative for parents of girls planning on trying out for the CHS Girls Basketball program this upcoming season.