Frosh Nate McKiddy’s buzzer-beater puts CHS in both Cameron tourney consolation games this evening
CAMERON — Three weeks ago, Chillicothe High School freshman basketball player Nate McKiddy contributed 11 points to a Hornets win over the school he’d likely have been playing for, St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond, had not work circumstances led to his family moving to Chillicothe, the region where McKiddy’s parents had grown up.
Last night, in a low, low-scoring game, the slightly-built lefthander, elevated to varsity-level play about two weeks into the season, again tormented BLHS’ Golden Eagles with what might have been.
He gave Chillicothe an 11-8 lead with an early-second-quarter 3-pointer, took Tyler Clampitt’s pass from inside and knocked down another triple to make a 1-point lead four in the middle of the third stanza, and finally – and most fortuitously for the team he does toil for – he gathered in Wade Dietz’s hurried pass and nailed a trey over a pair of much-taller, onrushing Golden Eagles just ahead of the game’s final horn to hand the CHS Hornets a 41-38 victory in a consolation semifinal in the Cameron Invitational tourney.
"Old 'Nater' – he stuck it,” happy Hornets head coach Tim Cool remarked in his post-game broadcast interview.
“I had a pretty good angle and once he caught it, I felt pretty good about that. …He's just a clutch player."
That last shot capped a 9-0 Hornets closing charge that erased a 6-points deficit in the final 31⁄2 minutes and sent Chillicothe’s boys into today’s 4:30 p.m. consolation finals at Cameron. The Hornets will get another rematch, this time against a Lawson squad which topped them 60-50 at Lawson about a month ago. LHS’ Cardinals built a 36-13 lead late in the first half of that one.
"I was really, really wanting that (rematch)," admitted Cool.