“We did a good job of attacking in the fourth quarter,” Smith said. “We had a sense of urgency. But we need to learn to make the most of every single possession, and we just didn’t do that from the get-go.”
For the Warriors, Saturday’s victory was a psychological one as well after a tough and decisive home loss to Louisville Seneca this past Thursday.
“That was our worst game of the season,” Christian Academy coach Steve Kerberg said. “So we came in tonight looking at this as a bounce-back opportunity. I was really proud of the effort and the attitude the guys showed. We didn’t play a flawless game by any means — 19 missed free throws, 17 turnovers and 13 offensive rebounds we gave up — but we don’t always have control over those things. The one thing we teach our kids is that we always have control over our attitude and effort. Tonight they did a really nice job with that.”
Sophomore Nic Reed turned in a double-double performance for Christian Academy with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Martin finished with 13 points, four steals and four assists. Chalfant collected six rebounds and blocked seven shots.
Wesp had a double-double for Charlestown with 12 points and 10 boards. Saturday’s game also marked the return of junior forward Tristan Chester, who has been after suffering a break in his shooting hand during football season. Chester — one of the Pirates’ sole varsity veterans — scored six and grabbed three rebounds in his first game back.
Charlestown returns to action Tuesday at New Albany. Next up for the Warriors is a Friday night game at defending Class A state champion Borden.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 53, CHARLESTOWN 44
Christian Acad. 14 13 11 15—53
Charlestown 6 10 8 20—44
Christian Academy (8-3): Aaron Eldridge 19, James Martin 13, Nic Reed 13, Shelby Rose 6, Connor Chalfant 2.
Charlestown (2-8): Tanner Wesp 12, Jamal Long 8, Dewey Cardwell 7, Tristan Chester 6, Darren Taylor 4, Zach Ramirez 3, Hunter Crace 2, Jacob Pollack 2.
3-point goals: Christian Academy 6 (Eldridge 4, Martin 2); Charlestown 1 (Cardwell).
Rebounds: Christian Academy 29 (Reed 11); Charlestown 35 (Wesp 10).
Turnovers: Christian Academy 17, Charlestown 17.