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Charleston ‘D’ The Difference Against Lavaca

LAVACA — Charleston came out a little sluggish offensively early against Lavaca in Friday’s 3A-4 matchup, but the Tigers’ defense was suffocating.

Charleston led 28-11 at the half on the way to a 64-35 win.

“We were a little out of sync offensively in the first half,” Charleston coach B.J. Ross said. “But you are going to have nights like that. This group is mature enough not to get frustrated, but to be patient. We did a good job of guarding them and not letting them get good looks at the basket.”

Chance Shelby had 19 points, Matthew Ward scored 12 and Andrew Smith finished with nine for Charleston (15-5, 5-0), which has dominated conference play. Ward’s night was about half his scoring average, but Shelby picked up some slack with slashing drives to the basket.

“They can’t guard everybody, they were doing a good job on Matthew and sagging off on Chance,” Ross said. “We told him to just make advantage of that and he did.”

Charleston opened the lead to 44-19 after three quarters.

Brandon Fenner added eight points for Charleston.

“Taylor King came in and did a very nice job defensively,” Ross said. “And Brandon hit two big 3-pointers.”

Lavaca (3-10, 1-5) was led by Anthony Todaro with 14 points. Marcus Walker and Hayden Headley both had seven.

Charleston 59, Lavaca 44

GIRLS — After a tight first half, Charleston opened the third quarter with a 12-0 run to take control.

Charleston (11-4, 5-1) stretched a 32-26 lead at the half to 43-26 within minutes of starting the second half and made it 47-30 heading to the fourth.

“Part of it was we were a little fatigued and part of it was that Lavaca was fired-up and came out ready and played hard in the first half,” Charleston coach Jason Rucker said. “We picked it up a little defensively and came out and hit some shots in the third quarter.

“We played three games this week and were down a couple of good players because of the flu, so we had some people come off the bench and play well.”

Morgan Prescott had 21 points and Peyton Oldridge 11 and Ally Howard had 10.

Lavaca (3-15, 1-5) was paced by 28 points from Bailee Crawford and 12 from Bailee Stoll, but got only four points from the rest of the team.

Lavaca came out strong in the first quarter and led 18-16 but was down by six at the half, 32-26.

Boys

Charleston 11 17 16 20 — 64

Lavaca 3 8 8 16 — 35

Charleston (15-5, 5-0): Shelby 19, Matthew Ward 12, Smith 9, Fenner 8, Storey 4, King 2, Lynch 2, Tedford 2, Skeets 2, Newhart 2, Michael Ward 2.

Lavaca (3-10, 1-5): Todaro 14, Walker 7, Headley 7, Bogle 4, Daniels 3.

Girls

Charleston 16 16 15 12 — 59

Lavaca 18 8 4 14 — 44

Charleston (11-4, 5-1): Prescott 21, Oldridge 11, Howard 10, Furr 8, West 7, Schluterman 2.

Lavaca (3-15, 1-5): Crawford 28, Stoll 12, Murry 2, Young 2.

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