Despite being shorthanded, the Chariton Varsity girls basketball team kept it close for a half before Central Decatur pulled away in a 59-31 loss to the Cardinals at Chariton this past Friday night. Central Decatur is ranked #15 in Class 1A and they moved to 6-1 with the win.
Chariton was playing without two starters, Avery Hall and Leah Doran, due to illness. Several other players including Emma Rector, Lexi Smyser and Macy Wood had also been ill recently but still played Friday night. With the loss, Chariton moved to 3-5 overall.
Rector led Chariton with 12 points to go along with three assists and three steals. Abby Tuttle had six points and a team-high six rebounds and Wood had six points. Bailey Shelton had three points and four rebounds. Smyser sand Layne Braby had two points apiece.
Central Decatur’s twin towers combination of 6’1” Alaina Applegate and 6’)’ Riley Bell combined for 41 of the team’s 59 points. Applegate led them with 24 while Bell had 17.
“Our legs were gone tonight and we didn’t have any size. We couldn’t match up with their size. I thought in the first half we played pretty hard and pretty well offensively. In the second half we didn’t play very well and we didn’t rebound. I thought Abby Tuttle played very well by leading us in rebounding and she had two three-pointers. I also thought we did a nice job of taking care of the ball in this game, but we only got 39 shots,” Chariton Head Coach Lee Sandy said.
The game was tight in the first half. After Central Decatur took an early 5-0 lead, Chariton went on a 7-0 run culminating on a three-pointer by Shelton to give Chariton a 7-5 lead. Central Decatur went on a 6-0 run to go up 11-7. Wood of Chariton hit a basket to cut the lead to two. Applegate of Central Decatur hit a basket to push the lead back to four. Rector hit a three-pointer to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 13-12 with under a minute left in the first quarter.
A little later, Wood hit a basket to cut the lead to one, but Bell of Central Decatur hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Cardinals a 17-14 lead after one period.
Read the January 9, 2020 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.