Lady Rebels fall to Charlestown
Mike Arnold, Contributing Writer
Charlestown shot 51% from the field for the game and used a 28-point second quarter to turn back host South Central 77-41 in girls’ basketball action Saturday night.
The Lady Pirates built a 6-0 advantage in the game’s first two minutes before Lady Rebel Kaitlyn Harl put her team on the board with a field goal. Charlestown’s Demaria King, who led all scorers with 21 points, made two free throws on the other end, and Lady Rebel Marie Goodwin then hit a three-pointer to pull SC within three, 8-5, at the 5:03 mark. Another King free throw preceded a basket by South Central’s Lily Boley, which made it 9-7 Charlestown, halfway through the first period.
That margin proved the closest the Lady Rebels would get, however, as Charlestown closed the quarter on a 12-5 run, to lead 21-12 after the first. Boley, who led South Central with 14 points, accounted for all five of those Lady Rebel points during that span, with two field goals and a free throw.
South Central coach Lynne Thomas said her team continues to improve its efforts to take care of the ball and that allowed them to stay in contention during the opening period.
“We talk a lot about limiting turnovers,” Thomas added. “We actually handled the press better than I thought we would.”
The Lady Rebels’ efforts to keep the game close ended abruptly with the donning of the second period. Charlestown broke the game open with a 20-0 run, punctuated by a three-pointer from Heidi Chester, to gain control 41-12 at the 3:32 mark of the period, on its way to claiming a 49-22 half-time advantage.
Thomas said her team gave up too many easy layups during the Charlestown run and added that her squad continues to develop in-game experience as the Lady Rebels improve at running the system.
“We’re definitely a work in progress, “ she said of her team, which had to bring up two freshmen for varsity service this season.
South Central senior Annabelle Faith got a bucket to start the third period, and Charlestown added more distance, as it ripped off a 13-3 run to take a 62-27 lead, following a three-point play by King with 2:24 to play in the third. The Lady Rebels only score during that span was a three-pointer by senior Marie Goodwin.
Although the Lady Rebels found themselves on the losing end, Thomas said she saw several areas that have improved through the first five games. Notably, South Central committed 15 turnovers on the night (after making 27 in its first game) and also increased its shooting percentage while continuing to polish its ball-handling.
“Definitely more confident handling the ball,” Thomas said while also praising her team’s shot selection.
In addition to Boley’s scoring, South Central got 10 each from Goodwin and Kendall Kiper. The Lady Rebels were 13 of 37 from the field (35%) and 9 of 13 from the line (69%). They hit six of 21 tries from beyond the arc (29%) with Kiper draining three of her four three-point attempts.
Following King’s lead, Charlestown’s Peyton Crace and Karston added 16 each, and freshman Laney Hawkins joined them in double figures with 11. The Lady Pirates were 33 of 65 from the field (51%) and knocked down 56% of their foul shots (9 of 16). They also connected on 2 of 11 three-pointers (18%) and made 11 turnovers.
Charlestown 21 28 17 11 – 77
South Central 12 10 11 8 – 41
Charlestown (2-3) – King 21, Crace 16, Watson 16, Hawkins 11, Chester 3, Cochran 3, Smith 3, Biscardi 2, Crowe 2.
South Central (0-5) – Boley 14, Goodwin 10, Kiper 10, A. Faith 3, Harl 2, Patterson 2.
3-point goals – South Central 6 (Kiper 3, Goodwin 2, Boley 1); Charlestown 2 (Chester 1, Cochran 1).
Photo by Amanda Arnold