Maryville's 20-2 torrent propels Spoofhounds toward 62-39 stroll in Savannah tournament first-round game Wednesday (Nov. 28). CHS boys will face Smithville Friday.
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
SAVANNAH, Mo. — Finally getting their 2018-19 season started eight nights later than planned, the Chillicothe High School basketball Hornets held archrival Maryville scoreless for more than three minutes at the start of their Savannah Invitational Tournament first-round game Wednesday (Nov. 28). The fact that CHS owned only a minimal 3-0 lead over that stretch was an ominous portent, though.
Once Maryville’s Spoofhounds, the majority of whose starting lineup had only had three days of roundball practice after finishing another stellar football campaign, found its scoring stride, it soon left the still-sputtering Hornets in the dust on their way to a 62-39 rout.
A tip-in by speedy and high-leaping junior guard Tate Oglesby with 4:42 showing on the first-period clock gave MHS its first points of the season, trimming Chillicothe’s early margin to 3-2, and initiated what became a shocking 21-2 blitz that extended 15 seconds into the second quarter.
With the Hornets – returning only one starter from last year’s outstanding, but senior-bloated, squad – stagnant and disjointed on offense, Maryville enjoyed a second surge over the last 4:10 of the first half, posting 10 of the final 12 points of quarter No. 2 to cruise to the dressing room at intermission far ahead, 31-11.
Any faint hope of a CHS turnaround sparked by C.J. Pfaff’s 3-pointer a half-minute after play resumed was quickly rendered immaterial when the Spoofhounds answered in kind 20 seconds later.
Down by 20 at halftime, the Hornets never were closer than the 17-points spread Pfaff’s shot created and they spent the entire fourth quarter more than 20 behind. Maryville’s largest lead was 26 points a couple of times early in that last stanza.
With the defeat, Chillicothe’s boys slip into Friday’s 5:30 p.m. consolation game against either Smithville, a 50-47 loser to Savannah in Wednesday's final first-round game.
Statistically, Oglesby and Tyler Houchin led Maryville with 12 points apiece with Matthew Madden adding 10.
Westley Brandsgaard, CHS’ only returning starter, had a game-high 18 points and fellow junior C.J. Pfaff, a reserve guard a year ago, provided 15. No other Hornet had more than two, however, and that group was a composite three of 15 shooting from the floor.