The Chariton Varsity boys basketball team continued to improve and played tough in a 60-36 loss to Davis County at Chariton Tuesday, Feb. 2. Chariton was down by two at the end of one period and down by just 14 at halftime but they didn’t quite have enough offensively or get enough defensive stops in the second half.

Mason Smith went 3-6 from three-point range and led Chariton with 15 points to go along with two rebounds and one assist. Quenten Curtis went 2-5 from three-point range and had six points, two rebounds and two assists. Ian Goben made one three-pointer and had five points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Alex Bates had four points, one rebound, one assist and one steal. Ryder McGee had four points, one rebound and one steal. Aidan Mundt had two points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Cutler Arnold had five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Max Aulwes had two rebounds and Devon Brown had one rebound.

“We did a good job of taking care of the ball and rebounding tonight. We had a season low in turnovers and grabbed more offensive rebounds than our opponents. They are much bigger than us, and their best two players are their post players so getting more offensive rebounds than them was a big accomplishment,” Chariton Head Coach Brett Spiker said.

Chariton had more assists than turnovers in this game with eight assists and six turnovers. Chariton had eight offensive rebounds in the game and 22 rebounds total.

The Chargers shot all right from three-point range going 6-20, 30 percent. But they struggled from inside the arc going 9-32, 28 percent, and at the line going 0-6.

Chariton also had five steals, one block and committed 18 fouls.

“Our offense executed like it needed to and we got open looks. We needed a few more shots to fall and we didn’t get to the free throw line enough. Another area of focus as we move forward will be taking away some of the easy looks in the paint. We have to be firm, stand our ground, and fight harder when the opponents get the ball into the lane. Despite the loss, we took another step forward as a team tonight,” Coach Spiker said.

Early on in the first quarter, Curtis hit a three-pointer for Chariton to give them a 3-2 lead. Davis County worked to get a 5-3 lead and McGee hit a basket for Chariton to tie it at 5-5.

Davis County went on a 5-0 run to make it 10-5 but Smith scored on a lay up for Chariton to make it 10-7. Davis County’s Dalton Reeves scored and Carson Maeder scored and was fouled and hit a free throw to give DC a 15-7 lead with 2:53 left in the first quarter.

Smith hit two-three pointers in a row for Chariton to cut Davis County’s lead to 15-13 at the end of the first period.

Davis County went on a 10-0 run to start the second period to take a 25-13 lead. Smith hit another three-pointer for Chariton to break the run and make it 25-16. Davis County hit a free throw and scored on an alley oop to Noah Zmolek to make it 29-16 Mustangs.

Goben scored for Chariton to make it 29-18. Davis County scored a basket and made a free throw with 1:28 left in the half to make it 32-18. The score was still 32-18 at halftime.

The second half was competitive with Davis County outscoring Chariton 17-11 in the third period to lead 49-29 at the end of three periods. The fourth quarter was close as well with Davis County outscoring Chariton 11-7 to win by 14.