CHS girls go beyond four quarters a second time in three nights, drop 55-50 decision at home, leaving them and foe each 21-2 on season
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Going into this week’s trifecta of games, the Chillicothe High School basketball Lady Hornets figured to have to work very hard each time to have a crack at victory each time.
It turns out they’ve had to work overtime each of the first two – and that’s produced only a split.
Thursday night, two nights after rallying from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime in a victory at St. Joseph: Lafayette, the Midland Empire Conference champion Lady Hornets game-long close duel with the Boonville Lady Pirates ended up going 40 minutes before the outright North Central Missouri Conference champion’s way, 55-50, in double OT.
After CHS led by three, 15-12, after one quarter, BHS was up 27-26 at the half. It was a 2-points game, 36-34, the guest’s way, going to the fourth frame. When Chillicothe managed a slender 9-7 margin in the last eight minutes of regulation time, an extra half-period was staged.
It wound up favoring neither side – each netting five tallies, creating need for a second overtime with the count still deadlocked, 48-48. CHS had the last possession after each side had hit one of two free throws in a span of about five seconds with under 40 seconds left, but the Lady Hornets failed to get a possible game-winning shot away.
In the second bonus half-period, Chillicothe scored only once – senior Whitney Clampitt hitting a mid-stanza bucket for the last two of her game- and career-high 27 points. That followed a deuce by Lady Pirates junior forward Brynn Edwards, whose 20 points paced her side, and then a trey by guard Kamryn Monteer. Benefitting from six-straight missed free throws by Boonville, Chillicothe had three possessions with a 3-points deficit, but turned the ball over on the first one and then missed a 2-points tries on the second and third. Finally, two Edwards free throws with 22.6 seconds to go iced it.
The outcome left both league champions in possession of 21-2 records for the season. It was the third season in a row the two teams have met, with Boonville claiming its second triumph in that “series.”
Statistically, while Clampitt, who hit her first eight shots from the floor, strafed the Lady Pirates for her career-most – 12 of them in the first quarter, no other CHS player scored more than eight and only the Lady Hornets’ five starters got on the scoresheet.
By contrast, Edwards was supported by 5’10” sophomore center Jamie Lemmons’ 13 and Hannah Fuemmeler’s 10. Prior to her tiebreaking triple in the second overtime, Monteer had scored only two previous points and she subsequently missed four free throws that kept CHS within one possession.
Chillicothe's varsity girls and boys host Marshall in a non-conference "Senior Night" doubleheader tonight (Friday), beginning at 6 p.m. The recognition of seniors from both CHS squads, as well as senior cheerleaders, dancers, etc., will be between games, Dan Nagel, CHS director of athletics, reports.
Marshall's girls lost to Boonville by only four points last week, although they had fallen to the Lady Pirates by about 20 earlier in the season.
Chillicothe's boys (12-10) can clinch another winning season with a victory tonight.