The Chariton Varsity boys basketball team came up a little short in a 55-52 loss to Central Decatur at Chariton Jan. 3. The Varsity Chargers led by three at halftime, 26-23, but were outscored by the Cardinals, 32-26, in the second half. The loss moved Chariton to 3-4 overall.
Dylan Cain went 6-10 from inside the arc and 5-5 from the line to finish with a team-high 23 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, two assists, five steals and one block.
Jackson Curnutte went 5-7 from inside the arc to finish with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and six steals. Will Swarthout had seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Hunter Koehn had two points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Lance Wallace had two points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Carson Rector had three assists and one steal. Cole Pedersen led Central Decatur with 20 points while Michel Evertsen had 13. With the win, Central Decatur moved to 5-2 overall.
“We got off to a somewhat slow start, which being the first game back after Christmas break wasn’t a huge surprise. Overall, tonight was a really tough battle the whole way. I was proud of the energy, execution and toughness our guys played with throughout most of the game. We did have a few stretches where we were out of sorts, and in the grand scheme of things it proved to hurt us. Nonetheless, we still had a chance to win and they hit a few big shots down the final stretch and we unfortunately missed a few really good looks,” Chariton Head Coach Brett Spiker said.
Read the January 9, 2020 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.