Lady Hornets outplayed Kearney for over half the game

CAMERON — Chillicothe High School’s basketball Lady Hornets put the shoe on the other foot against a very good opponent last night. If they can play at the offensive and defensive levels they did for more than half of their deceptively-wide 49-26 Cameron Invitational Tournament loss to Kearney for at least another quarter or more, the remainder of their in-the-balance 2012-13 season can provide them with several more opportunities for celebrating victory.
From just under 31⁄2 minutes remaining in the first quarter of their first-round tourney clash with Kearney – an opponent which had thrashed them by more than 30 points exactly two weeks before, into the opening moments of the final quarter, the Lady Hornets outplayed and outscored the Lady Bulldogs. It just wasn’t enough to compensate for yielding the game’s first 12 and last 13 points.
Their flawed start and finish left the CHS girls (7-9) with losses in six of their last seven games, heading into a consolation semifinal against Savannah tomorrow night at 8:30. The Lady Hornets topped the Lady Savages by eight on the Savannah court in their second game of the season, but tomorrow’s foe has regained the services of one of its best players, Carly Cox, who missed that first meeting in early December.