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Chargers mow down Peabody, Fairfield

Posted 12/20/2018

Senior Anthony Schmitt guards the ball against Fairfield on Friday night, during Burrton’s 54-38 win.Senior Anthony Schmitt guards the ball against Fairfield on Friday night, during Burrton’s 54-38 win.By Jared Janzen

BURRTON— The Chargers added two wins to their record, last week, improving to 4-2 on the season. Burrton defeated Peabody-Burns, 72-52, last Tuesday night and Fairfield, 54-38, on Friday.

The Fairfield game was Burrton’s first home game of the season, after opening with five road matches.

“It was nice to play at home, last week, too,” head coach Roger O’Neal said. “We had a great crowd and that always makes the game more enjoyable.”

Senior Cooper Zehr scored nine points in the first quarter to help the Chargers jump to an 11-6 start. The team had extended this lead to 23-13 at halftime and in the third quarter, both teams posted 17 points to bring the game to 40-30, before Burrton finished putting the nail in the coffin, 54-38.

Zehr totaled 36 points for the Chargers, including three 3’s and 3-for-3 at the charity strip. Also contributing for the win were Bailey Hughes with six points, Anthony Schmitt with five, Bryan Swartz with four and Dakota Woodworth with three.

The team had 15 deflections and 18 steals.

O’Neal said he is seeing improvement in the Chargers’ defense.

“It seems like it takes longer for players to buy into defense than other aspects of the game,” he said. “We are splitting time between man and zone set, just to keep things interesting.”

Schmitt led the team in rebounds with 12, nine of which were on defense. He also had five assists.

Against Peabody, Zehr scored a season high of 46 points, beating his performance in the Solomon game by one point. Also contributing offensively to the 73-52 win were Woodworth with 11 points, Schmitt with six, Hughes with four and Ethan Powell and Swartz with three, each.

Schmitt again proved to be a defensive threat, with seven blocked shots and eight defensive rebounds (nine total).

Burrton shot 14 of 16 from the free throw line that game.

O’Neal said it had been fun to coach against Peabody, the team he previously helmed for four years.

“Just being in Peabody’s old ‘brown gym’ feels good,” he said. “And our players look forward to playing Peabody, each year.”

The team hosted Argonia on Tuesday night and will play at Inman on Friday, in their final game before Christmas vacation.

For coverage of the Burrton girls basketball team, please see this week's print edition.