Cameron Schmidt scored 16 points and Christian Barrett had 15 as Scottsburg defeated Charlestown 65-50 Tuesday night in a boys’ Mid-Southern Conference basketball game.
A big second-quarter run gave the Warriors a double-digit lead and a fourth quarter surge helped them keep it.
“We felt we had an opportunity to make a run,” said Scottsburg coach Jacob Johanningsmeier, whose team used defensive pressure and a fast-paced offense to take control. “We are at our best in transition. It’s a big part of us.”
The Warriors (3-2, 3-1 Mid-Southern) had taken a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the host Pirates weren’t finished. They cut the deficit to 49-42 on two Gage Martin free throws with 5:02 left.
Scottsburg put it away over the next two minutes. A 3-pointer by Seth Helton at the 4:20 mark, followed by a steal and a lay-in by Schmidt at 3:41 bumped the lead up to 12. Moments later, a fast-break lay-in by Barrett and a putback by Christian Evans made it 60-46 with just under three minutes left.
“For us to get three conference wins to start the season, that’s big,” said Johanningsmeier.
There were three ties and four lead changes in a close first quarter. Schmidt closed it out with a three-point play — driving to the basket with 2 seconds left — giving the Warriors a 16-13 lead going into the second quarter.
Charlestown (1-3, 0-3) stayed close early in the second quarter, trailing 25-21 after a basket by Zach Ramirez at the 4:20 mark.
But Scottsburg surged, scoring six straight points, capped by two free throws by Schmidt at the 3:09 mark.
The Warriors maintained a double-digit lead as Kirk Hardin had a three-point play and a field goal in the final two minutes of the half. A three-point play by Barrett with 18 seconds left made it 39-25 at the break — Scottsburg had closed out the half on a 14-4 run.
Scottsburg led 41-25 in the opening moments of the third quarter before the Pirates made a run of their own.
Baskets by Hunter Crace and Andrew Shaw capped a 10-0 run by the Pirates, cutting the margin to 41-35 with 1:50 left in the third quarter. It was 44-37 with time running out when Christian Evans gave the Warriors a little more breathing room with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The score was 47-37 going into the fourth quarter.
Kaitlynn Henning scored 33 points and Justice Burdin added 20 as Charlestown pulled away in the second half to beat Scottsburg 76-62.
Scottsburg led early, but a late second-quarter run by the Lady Pirates left them down one — 33-32 — at the break.
Charlestown (4-2) took control with a 21-13 surge in the third quarter and pulled away.
Ashley Elliott scored 26 points and Kelsey Smith had 19 to pace Scottsburg.