Lady Pirates Advance to Sectional Semi-Final

threeLadyPirates2017The Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball team opened Class 3A Sectional #30 play Wednesday evening, out lasting scoring surges by senior-laden Salem, for a 55-51 victory.  Charlestown will now face Brownstown in Friday’s 7:30 pm tip Sectional Semi-Final.  Brownstown defeated Scottsburg Wednesday evening, to earn their Semi-Final bid.  The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Braves on January 7th by one point after two overtimes.  A nip and tuck first half found the Lady Pirates leading Salem 27-19 at halftime Wednesday evening.  Charlestown fought off turnovers the entire game, provoked by an active Lady Lion defense; however the Lady Pirates shot over 90 percent from the free throw line to keep them in the game.  Charlestown outscored Salem 10-0 to open the second half, but then allowed the Lions to surge back and take a two point led in the third.  Despite a loosely called game in the first half, players were caught off guard in the second when officiating foul calling tighten.  Salem’s game plan became complicated with foul trouble, but stayed within striking distance until the final minute of the game when free throws iced it for Charlestown.  The Lady Pirates were led in scoring by Junior Samantha Matthews, who finished the game with 22 points; and Freshman Peyton Crace added nine.  Freshman Karston Watson came up with big plays at late in the game while also scoring eight points respectively.  Matthews and Watson were named the Coyle Chevy, Buick, GMC and Coyle Nissan Players of the Game by Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting.  Listen to the game broadcast archive at anytime.  Pirate Pride Sport Broadcasting will cover Friday’s Charlestown-Brownstown semi-final game live from Sectional #30 host Corydon High School; however a large crowd cheering the Lady Pirates on was missed Wednesday night, and preferred the rest of the way.  Charlestown-Brownstown is Friday’s second Semi-Final game, as Corydon and North Harrison will tip at 6:00 pm in the first Semi-Final matchup.