Aggressive play and free-throw shooting weren’t enough to keep Davis County from suffering a 65-52 loss to Chariton on Jan. 8. The Chargers came into Bloomfield and outplayed the Lady Mustangs in the fourth quarter to secure the conference win.
Davis County needed the win to stay ahead of Chariton in the conference race. Instead, the Chargers improved their position with the victory and put themselves into a tie with Davis County with conference records of 2-3. Davis County, Chariton and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont are tied for third place in the conference standings behind Centerville and Knoxville.
Davis County struggled at the start of this game and gave the Chargers a chance to gain some early momentum. Chariton built up an 11-4 lead before the Lady Mustangs could get things going.
Once Davis County got things turned around, the game became an exciting one to watch as both teams battled for scores and for control.
Davis County stepped up its intensity and its aggressive play. The girls battled for scores inside and forced several Centerville fouls early. Sophia Young, Jalee Lough and Morgan Petefish all got themselves to the free-throw line and scored from the stripe. Young even converted a traditional three-point play at the end of the quarter to give Davis County a 13-12 lead.
Davis County made some changes and picked up the pace of the game in the second quarter. Defensive rebounds led to transition scores and Petefish also hit some key shots following offensive rebounds as Davis County built a 21-14 lead in the second quarter.
Chariton also found ways to get to the free-throw line as they, too, decided to step up the intensity in their play. Davis County led by as many as five late in the first half, but a scoring run from the Chargers cut that lead to 39-38 at the end of the third quarter.
Chariton continued that scoring run as the second half progressed. The Chargers 11-2 scoring run put them back in the lead with a 45-39 score with 4:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Davis County needed a boost again as the intensity and the momentum just never got going for the Lady Mustangs at the start of the second half. Davis County set up a couple of scoring runs led by Macy Hill and Petefish.
Time was running out on the Lady Mustangs. Scores from Petefish cut Chariton’s lead to 53-49 with 1:36 left to play. Struggles finding the basket forced Davis County into a fouling situation in the final minute of play. Chariton converted on many of those free-throw attempts and stretched its lead to a 65-52 victory.
“We were aggressive enough to get into the double bonus. We shot free throws to get back into the game,” said Coach Jeff Graves. “We also played well enough to get a lead and hold onto it, while we sat some girls with foul trouble.
“We had a pretty decent third quarter and had a one-point lead going into the final quarter. We had a very cold shooting quarter and couldn’t score. Our defense kept us in it until several empty trips on offense,” said Graves. “We had the shots we wanted, but didn’t knock any down. We had to foul and they made 14-17 free throws in the quarter. Chariton does several things on defense and we were focused, so we were running what we needed to be running on offense.”
Score by quarters
CH 12 24 38 65
DC 13 29 39 52
Scoring—Hill, 15; Petefish, 14; Young, 10; Briley Lough, 8; Jalee Lough, 3 and Isabelle Settles, 2.
Rebounds—Petefish, 15; Hill, 8; Briley Lough, 6; Jalee Lough, 5; Young, 2 and Sydney Henderson, 1.
Assists—Young, 1; Henderson, 1 and Hill, 1.
Steals—Young, 4; Hill, 2; Briley Lough, 2; Settles, 1; Petefish, 1 and Ella Porter, 1.