Pirates bounce back to beat Henryville
11/30/2013 by Greg Mengelt (Evening News)
CHARLESTOWN — After an ugly 56-38 loss to New Washington earlier in the week, Charlestown needed a strong comeback performance on Saturday.
The Pirates overpowered Henryville — a team that earlier upset New Wash — in a 58-39 victory at the Charlestown Sports Complex.
Photos by Greg Mengelt
“It was very important to come back out and prove to ourselves that we could be a better team than we were against New Wash,” Charlestown junior guard Kaitlynn Henning said.
“Our players just needed to bounce back,” Charlestown first-year coach Michael Prichard said. “If we played like we did against New Washington, it was going to be a long season. It was hard to watch. I’m glad we bounced back.”
Henning led the 2-1 Pirates with 22 points, running the fast break with efficiency and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when Charlestown outscored Henryville 16-8 to clinch the victory.
“I like to set the tempo fast and get the offense going,” Henning said. “If I have to slow things down, I will. But I like the up-tempo.”
“She’s really important on our team,” senior Megan Brooks said of Henning. “She sets the tempo. You can always count on her to finish.”
Henryville coach Josh Conrad said Henning leading the Charlestown fast break — and his team’s inability to stop her — was the key to the game.
“We gave up 16 points in transition, layups,” he said. “It’s blatant that we’re not getting back on defense and they’re just shooting layups. Whenever you go into a game with two good teams competing against each other, that puts you at a disadvantage right away. We didn’t get back very well.”
The Pirates led from start to finish, grabbing an early 7-4 lead on a Justice Burden 3-pointer. They pushed the lead to 13-7 before Henning nailed a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.
“It was important to us, as a team, to get off to a good start,” Prichard said. “In the first two games, we were terrible in the first quarter.”
Charlestown got the lead up to as many as 14 in the second quarter at 26-12 on a Henning fast-break layup. Haley Huddleston and Emily Hollis led an 8-0 run late in the second quarter to pull the Hornets to within 26-20. Charlestown junior Shelby Goedeker hit a pair of free throws to give the Pirates a 28-20 halftime lead.
Hollis scored 19 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers, and Huddleston added 16 as the sophomore duo finished with 35 of Henryville’s 39 points.
After a Hollis 3 early in the third quarter cut the deficit to five points, Charlestown put the game away with an 8-0 run, which included four points from Burden, as the Pirates outscored the Hornets 14-11 in the quarter.
A Henning 3-pointer early in the fourth gave Charlestown a 46-31 lead and her second 3 of the period made it 49-33 with 4:52 remaining.
“[Henning] did some nice things today that made me really proud of her,” Prichard said.
“As my shot started to fall, I started to feel it,” Henning said.
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Henryville stuns New Washington in comeback win
11/22/2013 by Hanson Craftton (Evening News)
HENRYVILLE — Henryville shocked New Washington with a strong second-half comeback, 36-31 on Friday.
Throughout the first two quarters, both New Washington and Henryville were locked up in a defensive battle. Neither team was able to get anything going offensively and turnovers were a issue for both sides.
New Washington’s Ashley Johnson got off to a fast start and helped the Mustangs out to a 11-5 lead after the first.
New Washington continued its solid defense in the second quarter and was able to control the pace of the game. Both teams struggled to score and New Washington ended the second with just nine points in the quarter.
With under a minute left in the second quarter, Henryville had just scored one point before sophomore Emily Hollis connected for back-to-back 3s, stopping the Hornet drought and getting them within 20-12 at the break.
“We didn’t play the last minute of the half.” Mustang coach Terry White said. “Hollis is a good ball player. We didn’t want to give her any good looks, but her dribble-drive was there and we were not hedging on the ball screens.”
The third quarter was the start of what would be a reverse of the first half.
Holli,s who sent the Hornets into the half with the momentum, now had her swagger and came out guns blazing. New Washington struggled to get anything going and found itself searching for answers.
Henryville, who came out of the locker room a different team, kept rotating pressure on New Washington and played an intense style of defense, holding the Mustangs to eight points in the quarter to get within 28-24 heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter was a repeat of the third, but Henryville had all the momentum. Its tight defense and a raucous crowd forced New Washington into bad shots and the Mustangs were unable to stop the run.
The Mustangs were held to just three points in the fourth, while Hollis made play-after-play giving Henryville the lead early in the final stanza.
From there, Henryville never relinquished the lead and won its Southern Athletic Conference opener over the defending SAC champions.
“Defensively, we played a really nice game.” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “We were able to make New Washington take some tough shots and we competed for rebounds. Offensively, we struggled in the first half but did a much better job being ready to shoot in the second half. This was a very nice win for us, New Washington is good, well coached team.”
Hollis led Henryville with 20 points on which 12 were in the second half. Haley Huddleston had nine points, three rebounds and two steals for the Hornets and junior Lesha Dallas chipped in with six points and two rebounds.
“Emily is a really good player when she plays under control and takes balanced shots.” Conrad said.
Ashley Johnson finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior Caroline Ricks added seven points and 10 rebounds in the Mustang defeat.
“We didn’t stay focused again,” White said. “We didn’t maintain our intensity, and when they made their run, we didn’t make any adjustments.”
Pioneers Win Tip-Off Title
11/16/2013 by Hanson Craftton (Evening News)
HENRYVILLE — The Providence Pioneers took home the Henryville Tipoff Tournament championship Saturday taking down the tournament host Hornets, 63-37.
Providence used a swarming defense and put constant pressure on the Hornet ball handlers and was chasing down loose balls and rebounds.
Photos by Christopher Fryer
“Providence completely out-worked us the entire game.” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “They were getting defections, offensive rebounds and wide open shots while we settled for lob passes and contested running jumpers.”
The first half was a back and forth battle. The Pioneers kept a small lead for most of the half but were never able to distance themselvesfrom the Hornets.
Henryville stayed in the game with a couple of runs in timely situations.
At the end of the first half, Providence took a slim 24-22 lead to the half despite two big 3-pointes from Hornet sophomore Emily Hollis that appeared to give Henryville the momentum heading into the second half.
Hollis finished with a team-high 15 points and hit three 3-point baskets.
“We were trying extend our lead before the half,” Pioneer coach Brad Burden said. “Hollis made some key shots right at the end of the half, so we were a little heated at halftime.”
Providence came out and grabbed the momentum right at the start of the second half with defensive tenacity. The Pioneers’ tempo appeared to wear down the Hornets.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” Burden said. “Our defense plays with speed and intensity. We have so many bodies that it allows us to put a lot of pressure on teams and it wears them down.”
Providence took control of the game when junior Michaela Hoke had four steals on consecutive Hornet positions ending a third quarter. Providence outscored Henryville 21-10 to jump out to a 45-32 lead.
The fourth was much of the same as Providence continued to attack and made it difficult for Henryville to shots off. Pioneer freshman Claire Rauck started to catch fire along with senior Taylor Smallwood to put the game out of reach.
Smallwood finished with a game-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Rauck scored 14 and fellow-freshman Bayley Wade finished with nine.
Henryville sophomore Emma Hendricks led all players with 10 rebounds in the Hornets’ first loss of the season.
Henryville rolls past Clarksville, 58-28
11/15/2013 by Kevin Harris (Evening News)
HENRYVILLE — The Henryville girls’ basketball team clinched a spot in tonight’s Henryville Tipoff Tournament championship game with a 58-28 home victory over Clarksville on Friday night in pool play.
Sophomores Haley Huddleston and Emma Hendricks each led the Hornets with a game-high 15 points. Henryville guard Emily Hollis chipped in nine, while teammate Tami Burgin scored eight.
“I thought defensively we played a lot better tonight,” Hornets’ coach Josh Conrad said. “We did a good job applying pressure and a better job rotating at times. Offensively, I thought we did a good job attacking the basket.”
Bailey Sharp was the Generals’ top scorer with seven points. Teammates Haley Jenkins and Gabby Evans each poured in six.
Henryville rolls past Medora
11/14/2013 by Kevin Harris (Evening News)
Host Henryville stayed undefeated in pool play of the Henryville Tipoff Tourney on Thursday, defeating Medora 75-22.
Sophomore guard Emily Hollis paced the Hornets with a game-high 20 points. Junior Lesha Dallas was Henryville’s other double-figure scorer with 17. Hornet sophomore Haley Huddleston poured in nine.
“We played hard and got a little better defensively,” Henryville coach Josh Conrad said. “In the second half, we had better ball movement and shot selection.”
Henryville crushes Irvington in Tip-Off Tourney, 68-22
11/12/2013 by Hanson Crafton (Evening News)
HENRYVILLE — The Henryville Hornets took down visiting Irvington Prep Academy in dominant fashion on Tuesday on its way to a 68-22 victory in pool play of the season-opening Henryville Tip-Off Tournament.
“It was nice to be able to see the girls play someone else,” Hornets’ coach Josh Conrad said. “I feel like we had a good game effort-wise. We need to work on defensive positioning and shot selection, but overall it was a good night. We were able to play a lot of girls and we did see a lot of good things.”
Photos by Joe Ullrich
Sophomore guard Emily Hollis led the Hornets with 15 points along with six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The Hornets, using an up-tempo pace, forced 19 turnovers that resulted in a Henryville layup drill. Henryville played a tight on-ball trapping defense that had Irvington pressing on offense, which led to several steals.
Along with Hollis’ four steals, Henryville received five steals from Abbi Robertson and four more from sophomore guard Haley Huddleston.
With the turnovers, Henryville stayed in transition leading to the easy fast-break points.
Huddleston had 13 points, four steals, two rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Along with her five steals, Robertson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. Henryville junior Lesha Dallas had six points and six rebounds. Also for the Hornets, Sadie Spears scored 10 points.
Irvington’s Lauren Pressley was the Ravens’ top performer with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. Irvington senior Mariah Brown had five points, three rebounds and three steals in the lopsided loss.