By Bill Howes

Associate Editor

A strong second half defensively wasn’t quite enough for the Chariton JV 1 boys in a 43-33 loss to Clarke at Chariton Jan. 14.

The JV 1 boys started out slowly and trailed by 12 at halftime. They held Clarke to just 13 points in the second half, but weren’t able to pick it up enough offensively in the second half to possibly get the win.

“We played well throughout the game, but we got behind early. We did keep it close though, which was an improvement from the first time we played them,” Chariton JV 1 Head Coach Jay Pierschbacher said.

Patriot Ghormley had nine points, a team-high six rebounds, two steals and one block. Quenten Curtis hit three three-pointers and had nine points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Alex Bates had four points and three rebounds. Max Aulwes had four points, one rebound, two assists and two steals.

Jesse Watkins had three points and one assist. Caleb Werts had three points and one rebound. Holden DeMaria had one point. Nathan Anderson had three rebounds and one steal. Ian Goben had one rebound and one block. Brady Chipp had three rebounds.

Blane Wallace had four rebounds and two steals. Ryder McGee had one rebound and one steal.

The game was close early with Clarke holding a 12-9 lead after one period. Clarke outscored the JV 1 Chargers 18-9 in the second period to open up a 30-18 lead at halftime. Chariton dug in defensively in the third outscoring Clarke 9-8 and trailed 38-27 heading into the final period.

The fourth period was very low scoring with Chariton holding Clarke to just five points. However, the JV 1 Chargers only scored six points, which wasn’t enough to cut into Clarke’s lead.

Chariton struggled shooting from the field and had too many turnovers. For the game, Chariton shot 4-17, 24 percent, from inside the arc and 4-23, 17 percent, from three-point range. Chariton shot 13-20, 65 percent, from the line.

Read the March 10, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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