Turnovers and poor foul shooting hurt the Chariton Varsity girls basketball team in a 49-39 loss to PCM at the Newton Tournament in their season opener Saturday.
Sophomore point guard Emma Rector was in foul trouble at times but still led Chariton with 17 points including three three-pointers to go along with three assists and four steals. Avery Hall played a solid game with 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds, two blocks and six steals.
Abby Tuttle had five points. Leah Doran and Macy Wood each had two points and Lexi Smyser had one. Tammera Alexander tied for the team-lead with seven rebounds. “I thought Tamera played well for a freshman. She did well on the boards,” Chariton Head Coach Lee Sandy said.
Regan Freland, a 5’10” senior, led PCM with 23 points including going 9-12 from the line.
“We played hard tonight and we played a lot better than we did in our Jamboree at Wayne, but we were only 6-24 from the line and committed 32 turnovers. PCM had one really good player, Freland, and we put her on the line too much and she made a couple of threes,” Coach Sandy said.
Chariton led by eight, 17-9, after one period. With two minutes to go in the second period, Rector picked up her second foul and had to sit down. Chariton was still up by four with a minute to go in the second period, but PCM rallied to take a two-point lead, 22-20, at halftime.
The game was a 5-7 point game the whole second half. PCM led 34-27 at the end of the third period> Chariton kept battling and cut the lead to five at different times in the fourth including with four minutes to go, which is when Rector fouled out.
Chariton put PCM at the line a lot in the second half. The Lady Mustangs shot 12 free throws in the last quarter, most of which were by Freland, and she converted to help them seal the win.
“They pressured us when Emma wasn’t in. If we shoot free throws better and Emma stays in the game I think we beat them,” Coach Sandy said.
Read the November 26, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.