Braxton Robertson’s 3-point heave at the buzzer could have ended Henryville’s losing streak at 27 games.
But Robertson’s shot off a broken play came up a couple feet short. It was one of several opportunities the Hornets had to end the losing streak that reached 28 with a 40-38 loss to Charlestown.
“Doggone it, I thought we were going to get that first one,” Henryville’s second-year coach Dan Carmony said. “We’re disappointed that we didn’t get over the hump, but I told the team that we grew as a team tonight. There are going to be more opportunities. We’re learning how to play the game.”
“Henryville’s getting better,” Charlestown coach Sean Smith said. “They’re going to get one. They deserved to win this game. We’re fortunate to squeak out of here with a win.”
Robertson’s shot certainly didn’t cost Henryville the game. For the Hornets, the game was lost at the foul line. Henryville went 10-for-19 for the game, including just 8-of-17 in the second half and 6-of-10 in the fourth quarter. The Hornets also missed the front end of three 1-and-1 situations.
“That was enough to be the difference in the game,” Carmony said. “That’s something we haven’t done well in the past, getting to the line. Now we have to make them.”
The two teams took turns bombing 3s in the first quarter as Charlestown took a 19-12 lead. In fact, 31 of the game’s 78 points were scored in the opening period as the Pirates hit four 3-pointers and Henryville hit a pair.
After that, both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket. Charlestown missed several wide-open layups and Henryville went cold from the outside.
“It’s always nice to get your first win, but we have to execute better,” Smith said. “We ran some zone stuff really well, but it’s only a good play if you finish. You can’t have your big guys being gun-shy. That’s what happens with a young team.”
Henryville scored just seven points in the second quarter and found itself down 28-19 at the break.
“I think we hurried about two or three shots, but most of the shots we took [in the second quarter] were pretty good shots,” Carmony said. “They just didn’t go in.”
Things got worse in the third as the two teams scored 11 points combined. Darius Brown scored on Charlestown’s first offensive possession of the third quarter to give the Pirates a 30-19 lead before Henryville countered with an 8-1 run to get within 31-27 at the end of three quarters.
“We got behind and we hung in there,” Carmony said.
“We let them back in the game and gave them an opportunity to win,” Smith said.
Charlestown appeared to have its first win locked down when Tanner Wesp scored on a fast break with 3:07 left to give the Pirates a 37-31 lead. However, as Charlestown turned the ball over on three straight possessions, Robertson hit a pair of free throws and Cole Hairston hit a 3 to pull the Hornets to within 37-36 with 31.8 seconds to play.
Charlestown’s Andrew Shaw made it 39-36 with 20 seconds remaining as he beat the Hornet press and scored on a full-court pass from Zach Ramirez.
Hairston was fouled with 7.7 seconds remaining and knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 39-38. After Ramirez hit one of his two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to give Charlestown a 40-38 lead, the Hornets appeared to have thrown the ball away.
However, Robertson was able to save the ball from going out of bounds and found himself open at the 3-point line with an opportunity to end the streak and give Carmony his first win at Henryville.
“We’re going to get there,” Carmony said. “We don’t want to come close. We want to get some [wins].”
Gage Martin led the Pirates with eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the opening period. Tyler Combs added seven points — all of which came in the first quarter — before dealing with foul trouble the rest of the way. Wesp also scored seven points for the Pirates.
Robertson led all scorers with 17 points, including a pair of 3s. He made his final seven free throws after starting 0-of-4.
Henryville junior Bailey Reister knocked down three shots behind the 3-point arc and finished with 11 points. Hairston scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter.
Charlestown (1-1) will host Clarksville (2-0) in a Mid-Southern Conference matchup on Friday. On the same night. Henryville (0-3) will look to end its losing streak at Austin (0-1).
CHARLESTOWN 40, HENRYVILLE 38
Charlestown 19 9 3 9—40
Henryville 12 7 8 11—38
Charlestown (1-1): Zach Ramirez 4, Gage Martin 8, Tanner Wesp 7, Tyler Combs 7, Hunter Crace 4, Darius Brown 2, Andrew Shaw 2, Darren Taylor 5, Jacob Pollock 1.
Henryville (0-3): Braxton Robertson 17, Bailey Reister 11, Emery Dieterlen 2, Elijah Weeks 4, Cole Hairston 4.
3-point field goals: Charlestown 4 (Martin 2, Ramirez, Combs); Henryville 6 (Reister 3, Robertson 2, Hairston).
Free throws: Charlestown 6-12 Henryville 10-19.
Team fouls: Charlestown 18, Henryville 13.
Fouled out: Henryville — Dieterlen.