The Chariton Varsity boys basketball team played well from start to finish in a 50-34 win over Wayne on Senior Night at Chariton this past Thursday night. The win was the fifth straight for the CHS Varsity boys, who improved to 10-8 overall.

Ten senior Chariton boys players were honored between the Varsity boys and girls games.

Seniors Jackson Curnutte and Dylan Cain each had big nights in Chariton’s win. Curnutte hut four three-pointers to finish with a team-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. Cain went 7-10 from the line to finish with 15 points to go along with six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.

Senior AJ Price went 3-5 from three-point range to finish with nine points, two assists and two steals. Senior Jesse Watkins had four points and two rebounds. Senior Patriot Ghormley had two points and one rebound. Senior Hunter Koehn had two points, five rebounds and two steals.

Senior Will Swarthout had two rebounds and one steal. Senior Lance Wallace had two rebounds, four assists and one steal. Senior Carson Rector had two rebounds, three assists and one steal. Senior Tyler Bailiff had one rebound and one steal.

“We had an outstanding night in the Charger Dome tonight. It was a great win from the girls to start the night off right. Then the award presentation for Bill Howes of the Chariton Newspapers was a special moment that I was glad we could all be a part of. Senior nights are always a little tough on coaches-it reminds us of all the leadership, maturity, and talent that we will soon have to say goodbye to. When you have a varsity team with 10 seniors on it, this is especially impactful. I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them. It’s unfortunate that I’m only able to coach them for one season, but I’m truly grateful for how hard they worked and all the great times we had and will continue to have this season,” Chariton Head Coach Brett Spiker said.

Chariton started off well and led 13-6 after one period. The Chargers kept up their fast breaking offense and tough defense in the second period to push their lead to 26-14 at halftime.

Read the February 22, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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