A good start and clutch free throw shooting late were keys in the Chariton Varsity girls’ 65-52 win at Dais County Friday night. The Lady Chargers overcame early foul trouble and used a strong fourth quarter to pull away and get the win.

The win was the second in a row for Chariton, who moved to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the South Central Conference.

“We got off to a hot start and led 11-4 in the first four minutes. But we had 11 fouls in the first quarter. Three of our starters and one top reserve each got two fouls in the first quarter and had to sit down and didn’t play in the second quarter. But we only ended up having one girl foul out while Davis County had three foul out,” Chariton Head Coach Lee Sandy said.

Lexi Smyser, Abby Tuttle, McKenzie Snook and Macy Wood each collected two early fouls. After the hot start and early foul trouble Davis County caught up and led 13-12 after one period. The Lady Mustangs outscored Chariton 16-12 in the second period and led 29-24 at halftime.

Chariton kept battling and outscored Davis County 14-10 in the third to cut the lead to one, 39-38, heading into the final period. Chariton dominated the fourth quarter and outscored Davis County 27-13 to win by 13 points.

“Davis County is a tough place to win. We weren’t getting any breaks early but the girls kept playing. Avery Hall had a solid game and McKenzie Snook had another solid game as well,” Coach Lee Sandy said.

Coach Sandy also said there was a big foul disparity in favor of Davis County in the first half.

“In the second half we shot more free throws. We were 18-23 from the line in the second half and 31-39 for the game. Leah Doran went 16-19 from the line including 11-13 down the stretch. Avery went 8-10 from the line. Leah had a really good game. Emma Rector is doing fine. She played some in the first half and for 30 seconds in the fourth quarter,” Coach Sandy said.

Doran led Chariton with 23 points to go along with three assists. Hall had a double-double with 16 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Snook had 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Abby Tuttle had seven points and three steals. Rector, Smyser and Wood each had two points apiece. Caci Goldensoph had one point.

For the game, Chariton shot 16-57 from the field and 31-39 from the line. Davis County shot 17-51 from the field and 17-28 from the line. Chariton outrebounded Davis County 35-25. Chariton also committed just 14 turnovers, which was very good against tough man-to –man defense. Chariton had seven assists, 10 steals and two blocks. Davis County had 22 turnovers, five assists, nine steals and two blocks. Each team committed 25 fouls.

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