Panthers roll to Senior Night victory over West Point
Describing Charles City’s year as a turnaround would be accurate. But when contributions are provided by every athlete on the roster, then results like Tuesday night happens.
Charles City’s Panthers concluded their regular season play with an 83-58 victory over the visiting West Point Pointers to cap off a successful Senior Night that honored eight players.
After trailing by four early on, Charles City finally got going as Kameron Johnson’s lay-in and corner three-pointer to give the Panthers their first lead of the night (8-6). After a three-pointer by West Point guard Khalil Norris, the hosts responded with a 9-0 run, capped off by De’Rome Chretien’s three at the end of the frame.
With Charles City up by 10, the senior class began to dent the scoring column. Justis Crawley’s traditional three-point play was seceded by Leo Charity’s curl and score to the basket. Another Crawley score from under the basket upped the hosts advantage to 15 before settling for a 40-28 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, West Point whittled the lead down to single digits on several occasions, but Johnson used his size advantage over Norris, posting him up for quick scores. Additional ball pressure from the Panthers led to steals and easy scores courtesy of fast breaks. From there, Charles City coasted to a win to wrap up the regular season.
Charles City head coach Terrell Brooks commented that he wants his team to be strong on the defensive side of the ball as they transition into postseason play.
“The word is consistency here,” he said. “If we can be consistent on the defensive end, then I’m never concerned about offense.
“We get consistency on defense when we are talking, communication, switching, and boxing out,” he continued. “We do that, I allow them to play freely on offense. If we get that consistency, we will make some noise in the postseason.”
Johnson’s 32 points were the game high for Charles City, who concludes the season 15-7 after only winning six games all of last year. Crawley and Charity also finished in double figures with 20 and 13, respectively, Christian Stewart tossed in six, Keondre Barnes contributed four, Kobie Trull and Chretien both added three, and Justin Bradby chipped in with two.
Charles City will travel on Feb. 14 for Tidewater District tournament competition. Regional competition will begin on Feb. 24 with the Panthers having a possibility to host at least one game in the tournament.