CHARLESTOWN, Ind. – For the Henryville boys basketball team, what a difference a few years can make.
Three years ago, the Hornets were mired in a 30-game losing streak.
After the Hornets held off host Charlestown 47-35 Tuesday night, they are unbeaten in their first three games.
Henryville (3-0) already owns wins over their two biggest rivals — Charlestown and Silver Creek. The Hornets are off to their best start since 2001.
“Both of those two schools are 10 miles from us,” said Henryville coach Jared Hill of Silver Creek and Charlestown. “Those are bigger schools that we haven’t beaten in awhile. I’m very proud of our guys.”
GALLERY: Henryville knocks off Charlestown
Hill said his players know how much he cares about the school.
“Henryville is the only place I’ll ever coach,” said Hill, who played at Henryville. “They know I care about them. They’ve really bought into what we’re doing. … We’re having a lot of fun.”
The Hornets never trailed after the first few minutes and built a double-digit lead in the second half.
With about six minutes left, Henryville went to its delay strategy and then marched to the free-throw line, hitting 7 of 10 in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve really worked on our delay offense,” Braxton Robertson said. “Coach (Jared) Hill makes sure we know what we’re doing. We got into the delay early and executed it.”
The Hornets kept the ball in the hands of their two best players, Robertson and Nick Walker. Robertson and Walker combined for 41 of Henryville’s 47 points. Robertson, a 6-foot-5 senior, led all scorers with 22 points. Walker, a 6-2 junior, added 19.
“Nick (Walker) took a little more initiative than what he’s been taking,” Hill said. “I love getting to coach those two kids.”
“It feels good, actually,” said Walker. “I hope we can keep building off this win streak and keep going.”
Jordon Knoebel led the Pirates (2-2) with 15 points. Miles Matthews added 11 points.
“You have to give coach Hill all the credit,” Robertson said. “When we came here, it was a mess … Now we’re 3-0. Our home opener is Friday night. Hopefully, the community will come out and support us. We’re working hard, and we’re ready to make a statement.”
Henryville (3-0) – B.Robertson 22, Walker 19, K. Robertson 4, Green 2.
Charlestown (2-2) – Knoebel 14, Matthews 11, Lawler 2, Harris 2, Woodward 4, Crace 1.
3-point goals: B.Robertson 2, Knoebel 2, Matthews 2.