Charlestown holds off Scottsburg despite free-throw woes

Charlestown holds off Scottsburg despite free-throw woes

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Charlestown holds off Scottsburg despite free-throw woes

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SCOTTSBURG, Ind. – Charlestown nearly squandered all of a 19-point second-half lead before holding on for a 53-48 win over Scottsburg on Friday night.

The Pirates (2-1, 2-0 Mid-Southern Conference) led 44-25 after Jordan Knoebel converted a layup with 7:40 left in the fourth quarter. Charlestown then missed their next seven free throws – in part fueling a 21-4 run by the Warriors (2-1, 2-1).

“If you miss free throws in the fourth quarter, it changes their game plan,” said Charlestown coach Jason Connell.

For the game, the Pirates were 10 of 21 from the line. “That deflated us – missing free throws,” Connell said. “We’ve been working on them. We’re just not shooting very well from the line right now.”

After Charlestown’s Trey Schafer missed two free throws with 1:18 left, 6-foot-5 Mitchell Meagher’s 3-point attempt for Scottsburg rimmed out.

“We started defending,” said Scottsburg’s first-year coach Brent Jameson. “That’s where it starts for us. We’re going to be a defensive-minded team.”

Meagher, who battled foul issues after he picked up two personals in the first quarter, led the Warriors with 27 points. Knoebel, who paced Charlestown with 27 points, clinched the win by hitting 3 of 4 throws in the last 25 seconds.

Jameson said he was encouraged after his team kept fighting, despite the huge deficit.

“That was a huge step,” he said. “These kids are resilient. … They get what it takes. They’ve come a long way. … I told them I was proud of them for inching and clawing their way back into the game.”

Despite losing a large lead, Connell said he’s happy.

“It’s a conference win – on the road,” he said. “We’re going to get better and better. We just have to hit free throws when it counts. It’s confidence.”

Charlestown: 17 – 15 –10 – 11 – 53

Scottsburg: 9 – 8 – 8 – 23 – 48

Pirates (2-1, 2-0 Mid-Southern)

Knoebel 27, Matthews 7, Mitchell 4, Lawler 7, Schafer 2, Woodward 4, Crace 2. 3-pointers – Knoebel, Matthews, Lawler.

Warriors (2-1, 2-1 Mid-Southern)

Lincoln 3, Prince 3, Funk 7, Meagher 27, Smith 4, Neace 4. 3-pointers – Prince, Funk, Meagher.

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