Charleston Pulls Away From Lamar
By Grant Tolley Times Record • email@example.com
Lamar was expected to be the first big hurdle to Charleston running the table in the 3A-4 this season.
The Tigers cleared it with a late surge Tuesday night.
Lamar pushed Charleston until well into the fourth quarter, but the Tigers pulled away for a 61-48 victory.
Mathew Ward had 22 points, Andrew Smith 16 and Ty Storey 10 for Charleston (16-5, 7-0).
"We knew it was going to be a tough game and it was," Charleston coach B.J. Ross said. "Lamar is well-coached and they can match up with us athletically better than most people. We have a little more size and were able to get on the boards pretty good."
Charleston took an early 22-10 lead at the end of the first quarter on the strength of a 14-2 run to close the quarter. But Lamar refused to go away. Charleston led 35-28 at the half and by just 51-44 early in the fourth.
"We got in a little bit of foul trouble and had to go to a zone," Ross said. "Lamar was able to hit some 3-pointers on us but we were able to buy some time."
But Charleston made a run. Ward and Smith both had big buckets and Storey drove inside for a three-point play.
Lamar (10-4, 6-1) was led by 15 points from Daniel McCarley, but only two of those came in the second half.
Lamar 44, Charleston 34
GIRLS — After three quarters of a defensive struggle, Lamar heated up in the fourth quarter by hitting three 3-pointers and then 10-of-11 from the free-throw line to put away Charleston in a battle for the top spot in the conference.
Lamar and Charleston came in to the game tied with Paris for top spot, but Lamar (13-2, 6-1) has beaten the other two teams in back-to-back games.
"We gave up 61 points in a loss to Danville last week and we had a few ‘defensive discussions’ practice," Lamar coach Brandon Schluterman said. "We have come back in the last two games and played much better defensively against two good opponents. I told them to stay patient offensive and we’d get some shots to fall eventually."
Kylee Thomas had 13 to lead a balanced Lady Warrior attack. Thomas scored nine in the fourth quarter.
Charleston (11-5, 5-2) was led by 18 points from Morgan Prescott.
Charleston 61, Lamar 48
Charleston 22 13 16 10 — 61
Lamar 10 18 9 11 — 48
Charleston (17-5, 7-0): Matthew Ward 22, Andrew Smith 16, Ty Storey 10, Chance Shelby 7, Taylor King 5, Brandon Fenner 1.
Lamar (10-4, 6-1): McCarley 15, Parameter 8, Jones 8, Kern 8, Chenault 5, Taylor 4.
Lamar 44, Charleston 34
Lamar 10 1 12 21 — 44
Charleston 6 7 9 12 — 34
Charleston (11-5, 5-2): Morgan Prescott 18, Madeline West 6, Rebecca White 4, Rachel Schluterman 3, Brittany Furr 3.
Lamar (13-3, 6-1): Thomas 13, Hignite 9, Frost 9, Nordin 5, Shaw 4, Watts 2, Oxford 2.