As basketball games go, the championship game of the Charlestown Holiday Tournament was definitely a tale of two halves with Silver Creek claiming the title for the fourth time in five years with a 67-39 victory over Clarksville.

“I’m very lucky,” said Silver Creek coach Dave Chanley afterwards. “I’ve been involved in six of these with four titles and two runners up. But it’s not me winning these, it’s the kids.

“(Clarksville) played a great first half and we were lucky to have the lead. We had gotten into a little bit of a panic mode and that’s the good thing about halftime is that you have time to get over it.”

The first half saw Silver Creek (7-3) and Clarksville (9-5) battle toe to toe and blow for blow with the Dragons regrouping from a 17-13 first quarter deficit to lead 31-28 at halftime.

An expected preview of things to come took no time to develop as the Generals’ Jessica Johnson scored a basket off the second half tip and pulled the Generals to within one. Donna Ferree answered for Silver Creek and the battle was on.

And just as suddenly it stopped.

Clarksville fell behind 47-37 entering the fourth quarter and then shot an 0-13 goose egg in the final period.

Silver Creek meanwhile continued to thrive behind the play of seniors, Kaci Holland, Stephanie Steele, Kelsey Page and Jessica Stemle along with Ferree who is just a sophomore.

“Kelsey played awesome tonight,” said Chanley. “I’m sure the MVP was a close vote between her and Kaci. Steele didn’t shoot the ball well, credit the defense of Alex Spainhour and she was getting frustrated but still managed to grab 18 rebounds.

“This is probably the best team that Troy has had since I’ve been here. But our senior leadership — that chemistry played out tonight. They allowed us to play through the emotions.”

Chanley was referring to his team’s game Thursday when they defeated Charlestown after dropping a home game to the Pirates about a month earlier.

"I thought that we’d come out emotional and then settle down,” Chanley said. “Fortunately we did in the second half.”

Holland finished with 20 points, earning her tournament MVP honors. Page added 18, Steele had 11 points and the before mentioned 18 rebounds while Ferree finished with 10 points.

“Last night was a big win after they had beaten us and it’s a county rival,” Holland said. “But now we’ve won four of five, We call it tradition.

“I think that teamwork made the difference in the second half. We had been waiting for this game for a long time.”

“Tonight was a combination of Silver Creek playing great and us just giving up,” said Clarksville coach Troy Mitchell. “And for that I’m disappointed. I thought we just quit.

“I remember looking up at one time and it was 52-37 and I thought we got fouled driving to the basket and there was a no call. Then Page drilled a three at the other end and that was the dagger, If we had gotten the call and hit some free throws, we may have responded differently.”

Jackie Derick led Clarksville with 13 points.

Consolation

Providence 38, Charlestown 35

In the consolation game, Providence picked up its first win of the season as Alyson Nolan banked in a three pointer at the buzzer to beat Charlestown 38-35.

Things didn’t look good for the Pioneers as they trailed by eight, 32-24 around the two minute mark. But Providence got a basket from Theresa Pickerell, two free throws each from Natalie McDonough and Nolan before a Nolan three pulled them to within 34-33 with 31 seconds left.

With 24 seconds left, LaTonya Lloyd of Charlestown hit one of two free throws. Whitney Thomas of Providence then tied the game with a short jumper in the lane. Five seconds showed on the clock with the vast majority of the Bill Dunn Sports Arena crowd expecting overtime.

But it didn’t happen. Charlestown’s Katie Jackson was called for traveling right before releasing a mid-court length bomb that rimmed out. Two seconds showed on the clock.

Providence was given the ball at mid-court. The ball came in to Nolan who turned and fired from the right wing, off the board and in.

"It wasn’t a play. Whoever got the ball was going to shoot it,” Nolan said.

“On defense we wanted to let them catch the ball in front of us and if Lloyd got it on the block, we were going to foul her.”

“I was ready for overtime, I didn’t think that we’d get the ball back,” said Providence coach Ty Anderson. “I think the big thing tonight was that after we went about eight minutes without scoring we were able to play through that. And Nolan’s shot, I had nothing to do with it. The girls took care of things themselves.

“Our problem has been our offense all season. We haven’t scored 50 points yet this year. I think we’ve got a good team, just not a lot of experience.”

Nolan led Providence with 16 points and Jennifer Vernia added 12. Lloyd led Charlestown with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jackson added 10 points.



Championship Game

SILVER CREEK 13 18 16 20—67

CLARKSVILLE 17 11 9 2—39

Silver Creek- Holland 20, Page 18, Steele 11, Ferree 10, Stemle 4, Corbett 2, Johnston 2, Robertson 0, Kelley 0, Everage 0, Haddon 0.

Clarksville- Derick 13, Dubois 8, J.Johnson 6, Spainhour 5, Bisinger 3, Martin 2, Lusco 2, James 0, Shepherd 0, K.Johnson 0, Davis 0, Evans 0, Bauerla 0.

Three- Point Goals- Silver Creek 8 (Holland 5, Page 3); Clarksville 3 (Derick, Bisinger, Spainhour).

Rebounds- Silver Creek 45 (Steele 18); Clarksville 25 (Dubois 5, J.Johnson 5).

Turnovers- Silver Creek 20; Clarksville 21.



Consolation Game

CHARLESTOWN 8 8 11 8—35

PROVIDENCE 4 7 7 20—38

Charlestown- Lloyd 13, Jackson 10, McDaniel 5, Napier 2, Ettel 2, Davis 2, Chastain 1

Providence- Nolan 16, Vernia 12, Pickerrell 4, McDonough 2, Thomas 2, Bandy 2.



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