The Chariton varsity girls basketball team gave a great effort but came up a little short in a 54-44 loss to Southwest Valley at Chariton on Senior Night Friday night. With the loss, Chariton moved to 7-10 overall.

Chariton seniors Grace Bengtson, Paige Burgett, Bree Ellis and Macy Johnston were honored between the varsity girls and boys games with their parents.

The game was tied 18-18 at halftime but Southwest Valley outscored Chariton 19-7 in the third to take a 12-point lead heading into the final period. Chariton was down by 19 in the fourth but rallied to cut the lead to 10 with under a minute left but it wasn’t quite enough.

Senior Macy Johnston had a great game with a team-high 19 points along with four steals. Burgett had eight points and Bengtson had seven points, a team-high 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Bree Ellis had four points and three assists. Avery Hall had two points and seven rebounds.

“This game was lost in the third quarter. We didn’t play very well in that quarter. I thought our effort was a lot better than the night before against Wayne, we were just playing a little better team,” Chariton Head Coach Lee Sandy said.

Chariton starting point guard Emma Rector was held to four points, largely due to a defense Southwest Valley used. “They did a box and one on Emma for the last three and a half quarters and held her down with that,” Coach Sandy said.

Chariton was also hurt by turnovers in the first half as they committed 16 of their 23 turnovers in that half.

They took better care of the ball in the second half. “If we had taken better care of the ball in the first half, we could’ve built a pretty good lead on them going into halftime,” Coach Sandy said.

Read the February 5, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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