The Chariton Varsity girls basketball team lost not only the game but a great player in sophomore post player Avery Hall in their 66-44 loss at Creston Jan. 6. Hall tore her ACL in the first three minutes of the game and is now done for the season. She was averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds a game and was on her way to an all-conference season.
Chariton will take some time to adjust without Hall’s size and will be looking for other players to step up to provide more scoring.
Against Creston, Chariton sophomore point guard Emma Rector had a big game with a team-high 23 points including six three-pointers to go along with three assists and three steals.
Freshman Sophie Swarthout made her first varsity start this season for Chariton and had 14 points and a team-high tying five rebounds. Macy Wood had four points. Abby Tuttle had three points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Leah Doran had five rebounds and one block. Bailey Shelton had three steals.
“We started out slow in this game and after Avery tore her ACL, we were all a bit shocked. Creston is a good team. They’re big and we couldn’t control their size. They have players 6’2”, 6’0” and 5’11”. We shot the ball well in the second half and hit seven three-pointers in the second half. Sophie Swarthout made three three-pointers and I had been hoping to start her along with Avery during the rest of this season,” Chariton Head Coach Lee Sandy said.
After Hall’s injury, Creston jumped out to a 25-6 lead after one period. They outscored Chariton 17-6 in the second period to lead 42-12 at halftime. Chariton got it going offensively in the second half and scored 15 points in the third to make it 59-27 Panthers after three periods. Chariton had their best quarter in the fourth where they outscored Creston 17-7 but it wasn’t quite enough.
Read the January 14, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the vehicle.