The Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball team improved to 5-0 and 2-0 in the Mid-Southern Conference with an important road victory at Austin (3-2 & 1-1 MSC) Wednesday evening. The Lady Pirates led 18-10 after one period, and 24-20 at the half before expanding their lead to 42-34 after three complete. Charlestown endured a late game Lady Eagle spurt to win 53-48, and begin the season 5-0 for the first time in over 14 years. The Lady Pirates had not beaten Austin in girls basketball since a one point overtime win in November 2006.
Kaitlynn Henning lead the Lady Pirates with 13 points, Lexi Logsdon finished with 10, while Shelby Goedeker and Bethany Hall both finished with nine points each. “This was a solid win for the girls, and hats off to Lexi Logsdon, who’s defense on the Lady Eagle leading scorer kept us in position to win” commented Head Coach Michael Prichard.
The Lady Pirates stay on the road in conference play on Saturday, when they visit Scottsburg (1-4) for a 6pm JV tip and Varsity tip immediately following.
The Lady Pirates, since losing seven out of last eight meetings with New Washington, came into Tuesday’s game alittle bit hungry. The final score was just one indication that Charlestown had had enough losing to their rival neighbors to the east. New Washington’s youth and inexperience caused more than just match-up problems with the Lady Pirates; Charlestown’s defensive advantages all but smothered the few opportunities presented. Charlestown (3-0), who celebrated the tenth anniversary of the 2005 girls basketball team that won the program’s fourth Regional crown; honored the team by bettering their 74-19 final over the Lady Mustangs (1-4). Charlestown jumped out to a 19-0 start before taking a 41-8 halftime advantage to the locker room. The Lady Pirates were led in scoring by Senior Kaitlynn Henning’s 35 points and was named CPPSB’s Coyle Player of the Game. Senior Justice Burdin added a very solid 15 points; while Senior Shelby Goedeker finished with nine points and some of the game’s toughest defense. Lexi Logsdon added eight for the winning team. The Lady Pirates’ 82-28 victory was the greatest winning margin of victory since the fifty-five drumming of Clarksville in 2010. The Lady Pirates will travel to Henryville this Saturday and to Austin next Wednesday.
Charlestown Lady Pirate Basketball standout Kaitlynn Henning is this week’s Subway IDCA District 3 Player of the Week! The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, during each week of the season, pick three high school boys and three high school girls basketball players throughout Indiana who recently exhibited outstanding performances on the court. Henning was honored after she averaged 25.5 points and 3.5 steals in a pair of season-opening victories for Charlestown. She erupted for 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and six steals in the Pirates’ opener, a 58-38 victory over Corydon Central. Later in the week, Henning followed with 20 points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in a 50-42 win over South Central (Elizabeth). Over both games, Henning was 20-of-28 from the field, 2-of-5 on 3-pointers and 9-of-14 on free throws. This is the seventh season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the third season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its fifth season as an IBCA sponsor, encourages athletes to “train hard and eat fresh.” For more information, log on to www.ibcacoaches.com.
The Charlestown High School Athletic Department and Charlestown Girls Basketball Team will honor one of the great teams in school history, Tuesday night, November 25th, during the home Girls Basketball game versus New Washington. The 2004-2005 Lady Pirate team, that was led by former Head Coach Tony Hall, had a record of 21-6 that year and won the Holiday Tournament, along with Sectional and Regional Crowns. Former coaches, players, and managers of that historic team will be honored, during the course of the evening games. There will also be a meal provided for each of the members of that team and their families. So please come out and support these great group of former players and coaches, share some great memories and cheer on the current Lady Pirates as they play one of their biggest rivals the New Washington Lady Mustangs. The JV game starts at 6pm and the Varsity Game Starts at 730.
Charlestown started “in a daze” but got it in gear to take a 30-23 halftime before opening it up in the second and securing a twenty point MSC and season opener at Corydon. The Lady Pirates (1-0 & 1-0 MSC) were led by Kaitlynn Hennings 31 points and 5 steals and Justice Burdin’s 12 points to dominate in the second half. “Henning’s defense was aggressive, she created a lot of easy baskets with her steals,” Coach Prichard said. “We played a great defensive game, and did a really good job of rebounding.” The win marks the second straight victory over the MSC Lady Panther rivals. The Lady Pirates host South Central tonight (Saturday) beginning with a 6:00 pm Junior Varsity tip.
Any interested girls basketball players, grades 7-12, are invited to open facilities, at Charlestown High School, during the second week of Fall Break (October 13th – 16th) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm each day.
The Charlestown Basketball Developmental League (CBDL) will host a FREE Basketball Coaching Clinic on Wednesday, October 22nd, from 6-830 PM, at the Charlestown High School. This purpose of this clinic is to help develop all of the basketball players among our community teams ; Schools (Elementary, Middle, High), CBDL, Travel Teams (CYP, CYLP) and our players that are in AAU programs.
Organizers are encouraging all current coaches to attend (all levels), with an open invitation to anyone that might be interested to coach down the line. This may be an opportunity for some prospective coaches to learn a little bit more before they jump into coaching the game, especially if they are sitting on the fence. This coaching clinic will include on-court demonstrations with local players; while performing some of the drills and skills that many of our current coaches use. Diagrams for participants to take notes on along with time for questions and answers will coaches will be made available. Currently all high school and middle school coaches have been asked to lead the before mentioned demonstrations, and Coach Gilbert will be conducting a presentation at the clinic.