The Lady Mustang basketball team played its best game of the season in a 73-51 win over Chariton on Feb. 4.

Typically, the game between Davis County and Chariton is a defensive battle that is low scoring, but with Hannah Schooley, Sophie Spargur and Morgan Petefish all scoring in double figures that kind of game wasn’t going to happen.

Schooley lit up the scoreboard from the perimeter and started the game with a pair of three-pointers. She led Davis County on a 13-0 scoring  run to start the game. Davis County’s offense cooled off a bit after that, but the girls still jumped out to a 20-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Chariton’s Emma Rector was the focus of Coach Mason and the Lady Mustang defense. Mason knew that if his team could keep Rector’s scoring abilities to a minimum, Davis County would do well. Rector finished with 13 points.

Chariton also got scoring from junior Abby Tuttle and freshman Sophia Swarthout who each scored 11 points. Those two helped pick up the slack and keep Chariton in the game when Rector couldn’t find the hoop.

Scoring slowed for Davis County as the second quarter began. Chariton used that opportunity to cut into the Davis County lead. Defensive adjustments by Davis County curbed that scoring effort and helped Davis County get back on track.

Spargur scored on a rebound and put-back to give Davis County a 26-16 lead with 3:19 left in the first half. Scoring from Schooley took over as she added a pair of three-pointers and another field goal scored on a drive in the paint. By the end of the half, Schooley scored 18 of the team’s 37 points.

Schooley struggled to find her shot in the second half. In fact, despite several shot attempts, Schooley didn’t score again for the Lady Mustangs.

This is when Sophie Spargur, Petefish, and Sophia Young came to the rescue. Spargur and Petefish pounded the ball inside and challenged the Chariton defense. Spargur drew fouls on two separate drives and made the Chargers pay by hitting her free throws. A 12-point Davis County lead ballooned to 48-27 by the 3:52 mark in the third quarter.

Chariton called a time out and made some adjustments to its defense to slow down the Lady Mustang attack. That led to rebounds and limited shot attempts by Davis County. Chariton turned those opportunities into points. A 10-3 scoring run cut Davis County’s lead to 51-37.

Davis County became more aggressive. They tightened up the defensive pressure, securing turnovers. Turnovers led to points and the girls outscored Chariton 17-11 in the final eight minutes. The effort boosted Davis County to a 73-51 win over the Chargers. The 73 points was Davis County’s high offensive output in a single game this season.

“We played our best game of the year against Chariton. When we make shots, it makes life a lot easier. The girls were ready for this game,” said Coach David Mason.

“We had a good game plan and they executed it well. Spargur and Hill did a nice job defending Emma Rector. The girls raised the expectations now, so we as coaches expect that kind of performance every night, because we know they can do it,” he said.

Score by quarters

CH      6    19    40    51

DC    20    37    56    73

Scoring—Schooley, 18; Spargur, 15; Petefish, 13; Briley Lough, 9; Sophia Young, 6; Macy Hill, 5; Brett Barker, 5 and Phoebe Moore, 2.

Rebounds—Petefish, 14; Young, 9; Spargur, 8; Hill, 6; Briley Lough, 5; Brett Barker, 3; Schooley, 2; Brett Lough, 2 and Moore, 1.

Assists—Spargur, 5; Young, 3; Schooley, 2; Briley Lough, 2; Hill, 1 and Moore, 1.

Steals—Young, 4; Schooley, 2; Spargur, 1and Moore, 1.