CHARLESTOWN — Four days after beating New Albany for the first time in over 20 years, Silver Creek did it again.
The Dragons improved to 4-1 on the young season with a 59-54 win at Charlestown in their Mid-Southern Conference opener.
It was Silver Creek’s first victory over the Pirates since 2015 and its first at Charlestown since 2012.
“Huge win,” Dragons coach Scott Schoen said. “We haven’t done this in a while.”
Silver Creek pulled away late in a game that was tight for the first 26 minutes. Three different Dragons scored in double figures, led by senior Jordan Balz’s 15 points. Freshman Emme Rooney had 14, including two huge shots in the fourth quarter, and sophomore Jaclyn Emly added 12.
“Jordan Balz, what can I say about her? Big, big game,” Schoen said. “She’s starting to grow up as a basketball player. This is the best I’ve seen her play.”
Savannah Kirchgessner added nine points and eight rebounds despite battling foul trouble the entire night. She fouled out with just under four minutes left with Creek up 53-46.
“Kirchgessner I thought was unreal tonight,” Schoen said. “She got saddled by some fouls, but this was by far her best [performance]. We had a lot of kids have really good games.”
It was the second game for Charlestown following the sudden death of former assistant coach Chad Crace. The Pirates dropped a 52-50 decision at North Harrison last Saturday, the day after Crace’s passing.
“We’re still hurting,” Charlestown coach Scott Matthews said. “We need to get back to some normalcy. Today was a really tough day. It was a long day. We had to put a loved one to rest. … We’re going to remember Coach Crace every day, but we have to get used to dealing with it.”
Samantha Matthews paced the Pirates with 22 points, but she had to battle for each one with Balz defending her.
“We knew coming in that we were going to have to try to make Samantha’s life hard,” Schoen said. “Every team does that.”
Creek led 16-14 after one quarter and 32-30 at the break. The Dragons scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to go ahead 42-30, but Matthews led a comeback that got the Pirates within 44-42 with 9.4 seconds left in the period. Alyssa Wright connected on a floater to give Creek a 4-point lead after three.
After Matthews’ 3-pointer opened the scoring in the fourth, the Dragons went on a decisive 7-1 streak that was capped by a Rooney 3. The closest Charlestown got the rest of the way was 53-48 with 3:39 left.
“We had our opportunities,” Coach Matthews said. “Silver Creek is a good ball club. Hopefully we’ll get another opportunity, maybe two opportunities, and hopefully we’ll be in a better state emotionally.”
The Dragons have another big test Friday when they visit Class 4A No. 12 Jeffersonville (2-1). Charlestown, which got nine points from Karston Watson and seven off the bench from Damaria King, will attempt to end its 2-game slide the same night at Corydon.
SILVER CREEK 59, CHARLESTOWN 54
Silver Creek 16 16 14 13—59
Charlestown 14 16 12 12—54
Silver Creek (4-1, 1-0 MSC): Jaclyn Emly 12, Jordan Balz 15, Katie Emly 5, Emme Rooney 14, Savannah Kirchgessner 9, Alyssa Wright 4.
Charlestown (1-2, 0-2): Skylar Cochran 6, Karston Watson 9, Peyton Crace 7, Jackie Biscardi 3, Damaria 3, Damaria King 7, Samantha Matthews 22.
3-point field goals: Silver Creek 3 (J. Emly, Balz, Rooney); Charlestown 3 (Matthews 2, Watson).
Junior varsity: Silver Creek 29-22.
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