Charleston Update: Charleston Wins Battle of Tigers

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Charleston Sweeps Mansfield on Friday (File Photo; Resident Press)

Charleston hosted Mansfield on Friday night in girls and boys senior high basketball. When the night was over, Charleston added conference wins for both teams with victories over Mansfield.

The Charleston Lady Tigers defeated Mansfield 54-17. Charleston outscored Mansfield 23-1 in the first quarter and never looked back. Charleston has now had back-to-back, lopsided conference wins and appears to be heading into post-season form as the Lady Tigers fast-break offense is running in full gear. Charleston coach Jason Rucker said after his team’s win, “I thought we played extremely fast again which allowed us to get in a better rhythym shooting the ball.” Payton Rucker led Charleston with 10 points and Brook Groan had 7 points.

With the win, Charleston improves its record to 15-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference. The Lady Tigers are alone in first place, ahead of second place Elkins who is 4-1. Charleston hosts Elkins next week in an important conference match-up.

The Charleston Tigers senior boys team defeated Mansfield 56-43. With the win, Charleston is now alone in first place with a 5-0 conference record. Waldron is in second place with a 5-1 record, and Elkins is now 4-1. The Tigers have an important game in the race for first place in the conference with Elkins next week.

Brayden Ross led Charleston with 20 points and Brandon Scott added 15 points. The win was important for Charleston who was playing after a big win earlier in the week over a very good Waldron team. Charleston coach B.J. Ross said after the game, “I thought we played well given the fact we were coming off an emotional win on Tuesday, and it was homecoming. We got off to a great start and we’re extremely proud of the way our players have continued playing together and getting better everyday.”

Charleston hosts Elkins at Tiger Center on Tuesday, January 21. Stay with Resident Press for feature coverage of this important conference match-up.

Through the miracle of technology, I am reporting this story from Orange Beach, Alabama. I look forward to seeing all of you at Tiger Center on Tuesday!

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