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Charleston Defeats Lavaca

Charleston Defeats Lavaca

By Eric W. Bolin

Times Record • ebolin@swtimes.com

There were not many times Friday when Charleston’s play drew oohs and aahs from the crowd.

They’re used to seeing domination.

The top-ranked Tigers finished a perfect 3A-4 season (14-0) in dominating fashion with a 59-36 win against Lavaca.

Barring anything unforeseen, Charleston should be returning to its home gym in early March with its eyes on a bigger prize than a conference championship.

Charleston receives an automatic bye to the semifinals of the district tournament and won’t play again until Thursday at Lamar. The regional tournament will be at Elkins and, hopefully, Charleston coach B.J. Ross said, they can prepare for the 3A State Tournament here on March 4-8.

“If we give the effort and the level we know we can play, the results will take care of themselves,” Ross said.

The Tigers received an automatic bid into the regional tournament by virtue of finishing first in 3A-4. Only once — in the conference-opener at Mansfield — did Charleston win by single digits. Every other game was effortlessly handled.

“That’s the deal with them,” Ross said. “There’s really no letdown. Not that we play well every night, but we always play hard. The effort is there. That’s why there’s never any letdown.”

Including Friday.

A 21-5 Charleston spread in the second quarter left Lavaca reeling. Ty Storey captured a double-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and adding five assists. Matthew Ward led the team with 20 points.

Ward, at one point, made five consecutive shots from the floor. None of them touched the rim. He had a big grin when his sixth missed everything. Instead it fell into the waiting arms of Chance Shelby, who made it a de facto alley oop.

Anthony Todaro led Lavaca with 17 points. The Golden Arrows currently hold the No. 7 seed for the district tournament and have one final regular-season game remaining, against Atkins today.

Ross began to pull his regulars with the mercy rule looming midway through the third quarter. Charleston scored only two points in the fourth and still cruised.

Charleston 47, Lavaca 28

GIRLS — The Lady Tigers sealed the No. 3 seed for the district tournament with their win against short-handed Lavaca.

Charleston’s sluggish start — nine points in the first quarter — didn’t last as it built its lead to double figures midway through the second quarter and had Lavaca doubled, 34-17, midway through the third.

The Lady Golden Arrows, who only dressed six players, were led by Bailee Crawford’s 20 points. Charleston had seven players score, paced by 17 from Ally Howard and 12 from Taylor Jones.

High School Basketball

Charleston 59, Lavaca 36

Lavaca 6 5 16 8 — 36

Charleston 18 21 18 2 — 59

Lavaca (6-15, 4-9): A. Todaro 17, Walker 9, Headley 5, Daniels 3, J. Todaro 1, Gibson 1.

Charleston (23-5, 14-0): Ma. Ward 20, Storey 16, Smith 11, Fenner 8, Christenberry 2, Shelby 2.

Girls

Charleston 47, Lavaca 28

Lavaca 8 7 6 7 — 28

Charleston 9 21 15 2 — 47

Lavaca (3-19, 1-12): Crawford 20, Murray 5, Akers 2, Young 1.

Charleston (15-10, 9-5): Howard 17, Jones 12, Schluterman 6, West 4, Prescott 4, Gattis 3, Crosswhite 1.

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