BY MIKE RILEY
After scoring 33 points in a 76-62 win over Scottsburg on Tuesday, you can bet that Charlestown’s Kaitlynn Henning was ready to take the floor one night later as the Pirates hosted Floyd Central.
So you can imagine her surprise as she found herself on the bench less than two minutes into the game as she picked up her second foul.
But in this holiday season, it’s feast or famine. Henning remained on the bench until halftime, then ignited a furious third quarter rally that saw Charlestown win going away, 59-48 at the Charlestown Sports Arena.
“I’m really proud of the people that stepped up tonight,” Charlestown coach Mike Prichard said. “As a coach, you have a vision of how things are going to go. Sometiomes it doesn’t work out that way, but Megan Brooks stepped up huge tonight, she practically carried us on her back in that first half.”
When fellow junior Justice Burdin joined Henning on the bench after picking up her second foul, things didn’t look well for the Pirates. Brooks, a senior totaled 12 points and 7 rebounds before halftime while she and her teammates kept up the defensive pressure.
Despite 17 first half turnovers, Charlestown found themselves tied at 27 at the half.
As Henning took the floor at the start of the third quarter, however, Floyd Central had other plans as it opened the half with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Riley Kaiser. Burdin then made 1 of 2 free throws to finally get the Pirates on the board.
And then it happened. And it happened quickly.
It started with a 3-pointer by Henning. Following a turnover, Burdin puts back a Henning miss. Basket by Shelby Goedeker. Another 3-pointer by Henning. Basket by Henning. Basket by Burdin. Another basket by Henning and Charlestown had a 10-point lead at 44-34.
The Pirates led 49-38 at the end of the third quarter, then built the lead to as many as 15 points.
“Our defense really stepped it up tonight and then Kaitlynn took over,” Prichard said. “I challenged her and some of our other starters. We all neeeded to come to play today.”
Brooks finished with game highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Henning, after a scoreless first half, finished with 13 points.
“Being a senior I thought that I needed to step up and start playing,” Brooks said. “And then Kaitlynn took over.”
“That was a tough situation to be in,” Henning said. “When I got back in, I just had to start playing harder. I think the difference during that run was our defense which forced some turnovers and got us some layups.”
Riley Kaiser led Floyd Central with 12 points and was the only Highlander in double figures.
“We started the second half well and then they got their run,” Floyd Central coach Kirk Hamsley said. “I needed to call a timeout earlier. I didn’t. That’s all on me.”
Charlestown will travel to Mitchell on Saturday. The Highlanders will be idle until Dec. 27 when they host their Holiday Shootout where they will open against Fern Creek.
CHARLESTOWN 59, FLOYD CENTRAL 48
Floyd Central 12 15 11 10—48
Charlestown 14 13 22 10—59
Floyd Central (2-6): Madison Kaiser 6, Shelby Rost 4, Brooke Hinton 8, Riley Kaiser 12, Brianna Roth 5, Abbie Engle 7, Kristen Burger 1, Maddie Probus 0, Kailey Price 5, Katyn Bierman 0, Morgan Wagner 0.
Charlestown (5-2): Kaitlynn Henning 13, Shelby Goedeker 8, Jessica Farmer 6, Megan Brooks 16, Justtice Burdin 5, Lexi Logsdon 5, Kim Knight 0, Bethany Hall 4, Hayley Layton 2, Lauren Crowe 0, Alysha Flaget 0.
3-Point field goals: Floyd Central 3 (Hinton, R. Kaiser, Price); Charlestown 5 (Henning 2, Goedeker, Hall, Logsdon).
Rebounds: Floyd Central 21 (M. Kaiser 9); Charlestown 36 (Brooks 10).
Turnovers: Floyd Central 21, Charlestown 24.
Free Throws: Floyd Central 11-17, Charlestown 10-15.
Junior Varsity: Floyd Central 41, Charlestown 30.