Seymour loses heartbreaker to Charlestown 44-42


Demaria King was in the right place at the right time for the Charlestown girls basketball team Tuesday night.

King, playing in the post, caught a pass from a teammate, turned and laid the ball off the glass to give the Pirates a 44-42 win over Seymour in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium Tuesday night.

With the score tied 42-42, Owls coach Jason Longmeier called a time out with 4.9 seconds remaining. Seymour’s inbound pass was fumbled with the Pirates recovering and they called a time out with 4.2 seconds remaining to set up the winning score.

Seymour had to play catch-up throughout the first three quarters as the Pirates led 6-0 after four minutes, 16-7 at the end of the first quarter, 30-19 at the half and 37-34 entering the final period.

The Owls finally pulled even on a 3-pointer by Kaylee Waskom with 7:20 remaining.

Seymour finally took its first lead of the night on a 3-point basket by Brooke Trinkle from the corner with 1:22 remaining.

Longmeier said was pleased with the Owls’ hustle during the second half.

“The final 16 minutes was our best effort of the season,” he said.

Trinkle topped the Owls with 21 points.

This was the final home game for seniors Eliza Cash, Grace Schrader, Kendrick Sterling and Waskom.

Longmeier said the seniors have meant a lot to the program over the past four years.

“Grace Schrader has been a kid that got some varsity playing time since she was a freshman. Eliza has gotten some varsity time since midway through her sophomore year,” Longmeier said. “Kendrick and Kaylee have been great examples of how to play the game, and how to be good academic athletes. That is what I’m most impressed with this group.

“They’re going to leave their mark not only on the floor but also in the classroom. All four of those kids are ranked in the top 25 in their class and that’s saying a lot about them.”

Maddie Nipper topped the Pirates with 14 points and Kennedy Coleman added 11.

Longmeier said, “They’re playing their best basketball at the right time. They’re really hard to defend, they run their offense well. They force you to defend a lot of back cuts and a lot of back screens.

“Defensively, they’re quick. They switch a lot of things and they feel like each of their players can guard all five players.”

Charlestown has won seven in a row and is 17-5, while the Owls fell to 9-10 heading to New Albany Thursday night for their final Hoosier Hills conference game.

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