CHARLESTOWN — After an ugly 56-38 loss to New Washington earlier in the week, Charlestown needed a strong comeback performance on Saturday.
The Pirates overpowered Henryville — a team that earlier upset New Wash — in a 58-39 victory at the Charlestown Sports Complex.
“It was very important to come back out and prove to ourselves that we could be a better team than we were against New Wash,” Charlestown junior guard Kaitlynn Henning said.
“Our players just needed to bounce back,” Charlestown first-year coach Michael Prichard said. “If we played like we did against New Washington, it was going to be a long season. It was hard to watch. I’m glad we bounced back.”
Henning led the 2-1 Pirates with 22 points, running the fast break with efficiency and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when Charlestown outscored Henryville 16-8 to clinch the victory.
“I like to set the tempo fast and get the offense going,” Henning said. “If I have to slow things down, I will. But I like the up-tempo.”
“She’s really important on our team,” senior Megan Brooks said of Henning. “She sets the tempo. You can always count on her to finish.”
Henryville coach Josh Conrad said Henning leading the Charlestown fast break — and his team’s inability to stop her — was the key to the game.
“We gave up 16 points in transition, layups,” he said. “It’s blatant that we’re not getting back on defense and they’re just shooting layups. Whenever you go into a game with two good teams competing against each other, that puts you at a disadvantage right away. We didn’t get back very well.”
The Pirates led from start to finish, grabbing an early 7-4 lead on a Justice Burden 3-pointer. They pushed the lead to 13-7 before Henning nailed a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.