Charleston Clinches 3A-4 Title
By Grant Tolley Times Record
LAMAR — Down by seven points at halftime in a hostile environment, Charleston responded like a champion.
After trailing 27-20 at the half, the Tigers dominated the third quarter by a margin of 17-3 and went on to a 58-44 win on Tuesday.
Charleston (22-5, 13-0) clinched the 3A-4 championship against Lamar (15-5, 11-2).
Lamar students taunted Charleston’s Matthew Ward and Ty Storey early in the game. The two responded with 34 points and nine to lead the Tigers’ scoring.
“It was a great game, Lamar has a great team, they’re well-coached and their students love to heckle Charleston,” Charleston coach B.J. Ross said. “And we kind of like it, too.”
It was a career-high for Ward.
“I didn’t really realize it, but that was the first time he has gone over 30 though he has 1,000 career and is just a junior,” Ross said. “He is very consistent and has a lot of 28- and 29-point games. He took up the challenge tonight.”
Ward hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the third quarter to push Charleston into a 39-30 advantage heading to the fourth. Ward hit two more 3s in the fourth to bury the Warriors. Lamar students chanted “Overrated!” at Charleston while their team was down by 20 late in the game.
“It was a great game,” Ross said. “Lamar gave us a good challenge and we needed a game like this to get ready for the postseason.”
Lamar 48, Charleston 37
GIRLS — Lamar moved closer to the 3A-4 title by rallying from down 26-14 at the half and 34-31 heading to the fourth quarter.
Lamar (18-2, 11-1) has games against Lavaca and Paris left, but clinched the top seed in next week’s district tournament, which will be on its home floor.
The Lady Warriors outscored Charleston 16-3 in the fourth quarter, which included some late buckets off the press after the game was decided.
“The way I understand it, we needed to win by 10 points to clinch the top seed,” Lamar coach Brandon Schluterman said. “We came out a little soft on defense early in the game and let them get too many good shots. We tightened that up and got in their face a little bit more in the second half.”
Lamar had balanced scoring with seven players scoring.
Charleston (14-11, 8-5) was playing without starter Taylor Jones, who suffered a concussion on Monday. Morgan Prescott, who was questionable before the game after a collision with Jones, was able to play and had 18 points for Charleston.
Sophomore Ally Howard came off the bench to add 14 for the Lady Tigers, who had only three players score.
Charleston 58, Lamar 44
Charleston 8 12 19 19 — 58
Lamar 10 17 3 14 — 44
Charleston (22-5, 13-0): Ward 34, Storey 9, King 7, Shelby 4, Smith 4.
Lamar (15-5, 10-2): Taylor 16, McCarley 16, Sampley 7, Jones 3, Kern 2.
Lamar 48, Charleston 37
Charleston 7 19 8 3 — 37
Lamar 8 6 17 17 — 48
Charleston (14-11, 8-5): Prescott 18, Howard 14, Furr 5.
Lamar (18-2, 11-1): Thomas 14, Shaw 10, Frost 8, Morgan 6, Clark 4, Hignight 3, Graves 3.