Charlestown’s 54-44 loss to rival New Washington the night before Thanksgiving left a bad taste in Pirates coach Sam Terrell’s mouth.
So when his team returned on Friday, Terrell put them through a tough practice, even with a tough game against Henryville the next afternoon.
The results was a 64-31 road victory the Hornets.
“I felt like in the New Wash game, we didn’t play our game,” Terrell said. “I said at Friday’s practice, we’re going to get after it and just work hard. We had a hard two-hour practice, probably harder than we should have the day before a game, but we were like, if we don’t get it together, this could go south for us.
“We came in today and played hard. Hopefully, we can continue to do that.”
“We came back [after Thanksgiving] and talked as a team and talked about how we needed to work more as a team instead of just talking like a team,” senior center Emily Young said. “I think that really was a major factor in how we played today.”
The Pirates shot 50 percent from the floor (23 of 46), got to the foul line 25 times and forced 30 Henryville turnovers to improve to 2-2.
“This is how hard we want to play on a continuous basis,” Terrell said. “We got some shots we didn’t get to fall [against New Wash and Corydon Central].”
The Pirates opened on fire, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes of the contest. Justice Burdin scored the first seven then Shelby Goedeker knocked down a 3-pointer.
Emily Hollis hit one of her three free throws to get the Hornets on the board and Jasmine Harvey scored on a drive to give the Pirates a 12-1 lead and force a Henryville timeout.
“We have to come out ready to play every game,” Young said. “The couple games that we’ve lost so far, we’ve gotten off to slow start and we haven’t been prepared to jump out on them.”
“Charlestown came out ready to play and our effort was pretty poor,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “You can’t compete against good teams if you’re not going to go out and give a lot of effort.”
The Pirates led 19-10 after one quarter and pushed it to 32-17 at the break. Charlestown then put the game away in the third by outscoring the Hornets 22-8.
“We had a lot of people step up,” Terrell said.
One of those to step up was Young, who finished with a season-high nine points.
“She was a little more aggressive offensively,” Terrell said of Young. “Our big girls need to be more offensively aggressive. We’re big and we’re pretty solid on the inside and we need to take advantage of that.”
“This year coach has made it clear to me that I need to be more of an offensive threat,” Young said. “In the past I’ve been more of a defensive threat. This year I’ve kind of tried to focus on scoring a little more.”
Burdin led the Pirates with 22 points and 10 rebounds, including four on the offensive end. She also had two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
“Burdin’s tough,” Conrad said. “She’s tough to guard. Every time we scored a couple baskets, she’d come back, get right to the rim and score a couple herself. She was hard to stop.”
Kaitlynn Henning added 15 points, three rebounds and three steals. Goedeker scored seven points and Taryn Moore had a Charlestown-best four assists.
Jasmine Harrell led Henryville, which shot 26 percent from the floor, with 10 points. She also had four rebounds and three assists.
“She was offensive there for a little while in the third quarter,” Conrad said of Harrell. “If she plays offense like that, good things will happen.”
Charlestown go to Scott County for a pair of Mid-Southern Conference games this week. The Pirates go to Austin on Wednesday and Scottsburg on Saturday.
The Hornets will try to get their first Southern Athletic Conference victory when they host Lanesville on Thursday.
CHARLESTOWN 64, HENRYVILLE 31
Charlestown 19 13 22 10—63
Henryville 10 7 8 6—31
Charlestown (2-2): Kaitlynn Henning 6-12 2-2 15, Taryn Moore 1-4 0-0 2, Amanda Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Farmer 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Crowe 0-0 0-0 0, Jasmine Harvey 2-5 0-3 4, Alysha Flaget 0-0 0-0 0, Justice Burdin 8-11 6-7 22, Shelby Goedeker 2-4 2-3 7, Kim Knight 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Thrasher 1-2 0-0 2, Emily Young 2-4 5-6 9, Megan Brooks 1-2 1-4 3, Bethany Hall 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-46 16-25 64.
Henryville (3-4): Haley Huddleston 1-2 1-4 3, Jasmine Harrell 4-9 2-4 10, Bethanie Harbold 0-0 2-2 2, Sadie Spears 2-3 1-2 5, Emily Hollis 1-10 2-5 5, Sammy Hunt 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Hendricks 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsea LaMotte 1-6 0-0 2, Tami Burgin 2-5 0-2 4, Lauren Brown 0-1 0-2 0, Lesha Dallas 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 11-42 8-21 31.
3-point field goals: Charlestown 2-8 (Goedeker 1-1, Henning 1-5, Moore 0-1, Hall 0-1); Henryville 1-8 (Hollis 1-7, LaMotte 0-1).
Rebounds: Charlestown 35 (Burdin 10); Henryville 30 (Huddleston 5).
Assists: Charlestown 11 (Moore 4); Henryville 4 (Harrell 3).
Steals: Charlestown 14 (Henning, Thrasher 3); Henryville 6 (Robertson 2).
Blocks: Charlestown 3 (Burdin, Thrasher, Young); Henryville 0.
Turnovers: Charlestown 19; Henryville 30.