For Charlestown, what had been passion turned to poison as visiting Austin prevailed 56-49 in overtime Wednesday as two of the area’s top teams met at the Charlestown Sports Complex.
Charlestown (2-2, 1-1 Mid-Southern Conference) had turned a 27-22 halftime deficit int a 36-32 lead entering the fourth quarter. However, the Pirates could only convert 5 of 13 from the free throw line in the final period, including two misses with 28 seconds left in regulation, plus overtime.
“This was very out of the ordinary,” Charlestown coach Mike Prichard said. “Coming into the game we’re shooting between 75 and 80 percent at the line. That played a factor, but wasn’t the main reason we lost. My heart really feels for the players. We shoot a lot of free throws in practice. We run when we miss.
“The main story is that they’re quick and fast. They got some easy baskets in the early part of the game. We didn’t seem to know who we were guarding.”
Two free throws by Holli Reynolds and baskets by Brenna Riley and Taylor Jeffries quickly erased the Pirates’ 4-point lead and put Austin on top 38-36.
Charlestown regained the lead at 41-40 on a basket by Kaitlynn Henning, who missed the free throw after being fouled. Henning then scored again following a turnover to put the Pirates advantage at 43-40 with 2:10 left.
The Pirates would only get one more basket in regulation, that coming from Megan Brooks with 55 seconds left to make it 45-44.
Megan Smith then hit 1 of 2 at the line for Austin with 32 seconds remaining to tie the score at 45-apiece. Charlestown’s Shelby Goedeker then missed two free throws with 28 seconds left.
Austin had the last shot in regulation, but Kami Owens’ attempted layup at the buzzer wouldn’t fall.
In overtime, Austin built the lead to 50-45 — all on free throws. From there, Charlestown would get no closer than four.
“To come on the road against a quality opponent, hit our free throws and execute the way we did, I couldn’t be happier,” Austin coach Jared Petersen said.
Henning led Charlestown with 21 points. Burdin finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds despite rolling her right ankle in the third quarter.
“That was big,” Prichard said. “That took away her ability to move.”
Reynolds led Austin with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Smith added 15 points. The Eagles failed to make a 3-pointer after the first quarter.
Charlestown trailed Austin (3-3, 1-1) only 12-11 after a quarter despite the Eagles hitting 4 of 5 from behind the arc.
Austin built the lead to 18-11 in the second quarter before Charlestown cut it to 19-17. The Eagles built it back to 27-19 before a Henning 3-pointer just before the buzzer cut the lead to five.
Charlestown will host Scottsburg on Saturday.
“They’re the favorite in the conference and a good challenge for us,” Prichard said of the Warriorettes. “We’re going to have to step up or ... well, we’re just going to have to step up.”
AUSTIN 56, CHARLESTOWN 49 (OT)
Austin 12 15 5 13 11—56
Charlestown 11 11 14 9 4—49
Austin (3-3, 1-1 MSC): Megan Smith 15, Kaitlin Embrey 3, Kami Owens 9, Taylor Jeffries 4, Holli Reynolds 17, Brenna Riley 6, Akaya Walker 2.
Charlestown (2-2, 1-1): Kaitlynn Henning 21, Shelby Goedeker 2, Jessica Farmer 3, Megan Brooks 6, Justice Burdin 11, Lexi Logsdon 0, Kim Knight 4, Hayley Layton 2.
3-point field goals: Austin 4 (Smith 2, Embrey, Owens); Charlestown 3 (Henning 2, Farmer).
Rebounds: Austin 30 (Reynolds 11); Charlestown 35 (Burdin 13).
Turnovers: Austin 12, Charlestown 16.
Free Throws: Austin 22-32, Charlestown 8-18.
Fouled Out: Austin — Riley; Charlestown — Farmer, Burdin, Knight.