Lexi Smyser shoots early in the first quarter

Lexi Smyser shoots early in the first quarter against Centerville this past Thursday night.

The Chariton Varsity girls basketball team fell to Centerville, 64-31, in a home conference game at Chariton this past Thursday night. Chariton got off to a good start and kept it close for awhile before Centerville pulled away in the second half. With the loss, the Varsity girls moved to 5-11 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

Emma Rector led Chariton with 12 points to go along with four assists, four steals and one block. Sophie Swarthout had five points. Bailey Shelton had four points. Abby Tuttle had three points and a team-high eight rebounds. Layne Braby, Grace Watkins and Macy Wood had two points apiece. Leah Doran had one point and one block.

“Centerville was just too big for us to handle in this game. They have a lot of good size. Emma didn’t shoot very well. Centerville’s main focus was on her and we didn’t do a very good job of making shots. Other girls have to step up and score. In the second half I didn’t think we played that hard defensively. We have to play extremely hard against teams like this and shoot the ball well to have a chance,” Chariton Head Coach Lee Sandy said.

Chariton led 4-1 early on a three-pointer by Swarthout and a free throw by Rector. Centerville rallied to tie the score on a three-pointer by Rachel George and went on a 9-0 run to end the period and lead 10-4 after one period.

Centerville pushed their lead to 20-7 later in the second period and Rector hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 20-10 with 4:41 left in the first half. Shelton hit a basket to cut the lead to 27-12 late in the second period, but the Redettes scored six straight points to lead 33-12 at halftime.

Centerville pulled away in the third period and built a 41-15 lead. Tuttle hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 41-18, but Claire Mathews answered with a basket to push the lead back to 44-18. Rector hit a three and George of Centerville answered with a basket to make it a 46-21 Centerville lead with about a minute left in the third.

Read the January 4, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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