BY GREG MENGELT AND KEVIN HARRIS
The Charlestown girls’ basketball team won for the fifth time in six games, 58-39 over Salem on Thursday at Charlestown Sports Arena.
After a 2-7 start, the Pirates are now within one game of .500 at 8-9.
“We’ve been on a little bit of a roll,” Charlestown coach Sam Terrell said. “Take away three possessions when we let Tanner Marcum get away from us [in Tuesday’s 55-49 loss to New Albany] and we may be talking about [six wins in a row].”
On Thursday, Charlestown jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first quarter. Starting in the second period, the Pirate defense took over. Over the next two quarters, Salem managed just 15 points as Charlestown jumped out to a 53-25 lead after three.
“We were a little sluggish in the first. In the second quarter, we started putting the clamps down,” Terrell said.
Charlestown’s Kaitlynn Henning led all scorers with 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Jasmine Harvey scored 11 for the Pirates.
Terrell said Harvey has the potential to score in double figures every night.
“She gets a lot of steals,” he said. “If she can make layups and make free throws, she can score like that on a nightly basis.”
Justice Burdin had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds for Charlestown.
Alex Davidson led Salem (6-11, 1-7 Mid-Southern Conference) with 16 points, including all 10 of the Lions’ first quarter points.
The Pirates (3-4 MSC), who have won three straight MSC games after starting league play 0-4, finish out the conference schedule at Clarksville next Thursday and North Harrison on Jan. 29 before close the regular season at home against Madison on Feb. 1.
• Clarksville takes down Lanesville: Clarksville jumped out to an 18-6 halftime lead and held on for a 43-38 win over Lanesville on Thursday.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Generals. Clarksville coach B.D. Ledbetter warned his team at halftime that the Lions would make a run and they did. Salem outscored the Generals 21-10 in the third quarter to pull within one point at 28-27.
“We told the girls that in the third quarter, they would be aggressive and they were. But the key for us was our girls didn’t lose our composure,” Clarksville coach B.D. Ledbetter said.
Junior Haley Jenkins led Clarksville with 16 points, while teammate Bailey Sharp scored 12. Courtney Holmes, Gabby Evans and Abby Hurtgen added five apiece for the Generals. The Eagles fell to 10-7.
“It definitely helps with our confidence,” Ledbetter said. “This is definitely putting us in the right direction.”
NEXT: Clarksville (4-14) at Henryville (10-7), Tuesday.
• Red Devils roll past New Albany: On Wednesday, visiting Jeffersonville claimed 11 of the 14 individual matches to defeat New Albany in a dual meet, 52-14.
Prevailing by pin for the Red Devils were Jasi Coureur (113 pounds), Brandon Spangler (182) and Geary Gaines (220). Jeff’s JoJo DeLeon (120), Oscar DeLeon (132), Nick Stewart (138), David Fridley (160), Daniel Thompson (170) and Gavan Jolley-Little (285). The Red Devils’ Stevie Jones (106) and Tyler Fridley (152) each won by forfeit.
“The kids wrestled really well tonight. They were doing well on the things we emphasized at practice this week, and that is what we are happy about,” Jeff coach Danny Struck said. “Daniel Thompson wrestled really well tonight and won 6-2 over an opponent [New Albany’s Ethan Lee] he had never previously beaten. The kids are improving each time, and we aren’t just saying that. We are really happy about how the kids are listening, learning, and taking advantages of opportunities life gives them.”
The Bulldogs won three matches. In the 126-pound match, senior Austin Jamison pinned the Red Devils’ Xavier Weekley at the 2:24 mark. New Albany’s Hunter Castleberry prevailed in the 145-pound match with a 17-1 major decision over Freddie Hudson. At 195 pounds, Bulldog senior Nick Lynch beat Aamil Haleem by a 6-4 decision.
NEXT: Jeff at Capitol City Classic in Frankfort (Ky.), Saturday; New Albany hosts New Albany Duals, Saturday.