By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CAMERON — The Chillicothe High School basketball Hornets made the host Cam-eron Dragons earn their berth in the championship semifinals of Cameron’s own tournament last night.
Having repeatedly thwarted the hosts’ bids to open significant daylight through the first half, the Hornets responding to their first double-digits deficit with a 12-3 surge which had them with two of the Dragons at the mid-point of the third period.
However, with their fans sweating, the crisp-executing Dragons, who unofficially were nearly perfect (17 of 20) inside the arc and shot 67 percent overall, capitalized on Chillicothe losing its shooting touch from outside in the last 12 minutes to draw away to a deceptively-wide 58-40 victory in first-round play.
"Our guys were pretty deflated after the game. They really wanted that one," related Hornets head coach Tim Cool in his post-game broadcast interview.
"A little more offense and we're right there,” the coach said, referring to his 6-10 team’s prospects for building on that wins total. “If we keep everybody healthy, I like where we're going."
The next chance to get their seventh triumph will come at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow when they meet St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond in the tourney’s consolation semifinals. The clubs have split two prior meetings this winter.