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Pirates sink ragged-shooting North Harrison

Pirates sink ragged-shooting North Harrison
Pirates sink ragged-shooting North Harrison
North Harrison sophomore Quinn Kaiser has this shot blocked by Charlestown's Trey Woodward in the first half of the Cougars' 61-44 loss. Photo by Wade Bell

Thursday night was a rough night for the North Harrison Cougars in their road trip to Charlestown for a Mid-Southern Conference game. North Harrison was coming in following a tough loss at Madison a few nights before, and things didn’t get any better, with the Pirates getting a 61-44 win. It was a night that left coach Kevin Jones in a mess of frustration.
‘The last two games we’ve shot under 30 percent combined,’ North Harrison coach Kevin Jones said. ‘So, who are you going to beat when you shoot under 30 percent? Two good road games, two good teams; Charlestown is a very good team. Madison is a very good team. You go to their place, you’ve got to be better.’
Charlestown scored the first five points of the game, but the Cougars countered with a quick seven to lead by two. North Harrison’s advantage later went to three, but the Pirates countered with six unanswered points to take a 14-11 at the end of the period.
The Cougars began the second period with an 8-3 burst to lead by two, 19-17. The teams swapped points for the next few minutes, then Charlestown finished in a flurry. Trey Woodward scored in the paint to start a 9-0 run, with Jamal Long getting five of those, as the Pirates took a 30-24 lead to the locker room at halftime.
‘In the first half, we were four of 14 in the lane,’ Jones said. ‘That was after we were one of 10 in the lane in the first half against Madison. So, we’re getting to the good spots and getting to where we don’t force things. We’re getting in good areas we can hit good shots. We’ve just got to do a better job of just hitting them. We’ve got to do a better job on the glass.’
North Harrison kept the first part of the third quarter close, with Jake Book scoring in the lane to pull the Cougars back to within four, 36-32. Charlestown made a 10-3 run, as Korey Harrison drilled a pair of threes, to put the Pirates up by 11, 46-35. Chandler Jenkins scored inside, but Mansfield countered with a three at the buzzer, as Charlestown enjoyed a 49-37 score after three quarters.
‘I thought at times we’ve played defense as well as we have the first half,’ Jones said. ‘The second time was just like Madison. Our defense is only as good as our offense. Over a time at Madison, when the shots kept clunking and not following, our defensive intensity got less and less. Well, we’ve got to learn to make them more and more.’
Tanner Wesp scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, as Charlestown’s advantage ballooned to 54-37. Alex Flock sank a Cougars’ three, but North Harrison missed its next five shots from the field, most of those from under the basket. The Cougars got no closer, and the Pirates went on to get the 61-44 win.
‘We took a bunch of bad shots,’ Jones said. ‘We can’t hit 20 footers, so we take 25. That line is there for a reason.’
Flock led North Harrison with 19 points, and Jenkins followed with 11. The Cougars hit 15 of 45 field-goal attempts (33 percent) and just eight of 19 free throws. North Harrison lost the rebound battle 39-19 but had just nine turnovers.
Long led the Pirates with 16 points, and Wesp tallied 15. Charlestown shot just 37 percent from the field, hitting 17 of 46 attempts. The Pirates were 22 of 26 from the charity stripe and had 12 turnovers.

North Harrison 11 13 13 7 ‘ 44
Charlestown 14 16 19 12 ‘ 61
North Harrison ‘ Haub 1, Flock 19, Jenkins 11, Book 6, Kaiser 3, Eveslage 4
Charlestown ‘ Mansfield 3, Matthews 8, Harris 9, Knoebel 4, Long 16, Wesp 15, Woodward 6
3-point goals ‘ North Harrison 6 (Flock 4, Jenkins, Book); Charlestown 5 (Harris 3, Mansfield, Matthews).