Junior guard has 20 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists as Hornets improved to 6-2 with fifth-straight win, 52-47 at Lawson Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
LAWSON, Mo. — Junior point guard C.J. Pfaff continued his steady, but high-level, productivity in multiple phases and notched yet another points-rebounds doubleheader and the Chillicothe (Mo.) HS basketball Hornets choked off host Lawson’s offense down the stretch Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, as the Hornets came back from an 8-points halftime deficit to defeat the host Cardinals 52-47 in non-conference play.
The victory was 6-2 CHS’ fifth in a row, its fourth in six days, and third in four nights – that recent busy stretch making the come-from-behind nature of the triumph more impressive. Lawson slipped to 7-3 on the 2018-19 season.
While the Hornets didn’t play badly in the first half, their defense against a very-well-balanced LHS attack was not up to its normal standards. With all five Cardinals starters scoring at least five points apiece before halftime, the home club possessed a 32-24 advantage as the teams retreated to their locker rooms.
When play recommenced, CHS had improved some on both ends of the floor, allowing it to cut in half the Lawson lead during the third period. Then, in the last eight minutes, the Hornets really got serious on the defensive end.
Chillicothe shackled the Cardinals on only two baskets and four points in the fourth period, allowing the Hornets to slip in front and wind up with an insurmountable lead in the last few seconds.
Taking the clear-cut leading role in the CHS triumph was the gangly, 6’2” Pfaff.
He got better and better on offense as the game rolled along, increasing his per-period scoring output each segment to wind up with a game-high 20 points. A key part of that scoring was his 9-of-10 free-throw accuracy, including hitting five of six in the fourth quarter.
His impact was felt throughout the action, however, not only in putting the ball through the hoop.
He grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds – six off the offensive glass, continuing his averaging of a double-double in points and boards, while also earning team highs of eight assists, three shot blocks, and two assists.
Pfaff’s foul-shooting acumen bailed out his teammates, who were a combined zero of four from the line in the last quarter, leaving the door ajar for Lawson when it might have been slammed shut.
CHS survived its leading scorer for the season, Westley Brandsgaard, being held to half of his average, tallying 10 points, and not getting a single point out of its reserves.
It did so, beyond Pfaff’s premier play, in part by getting at least six points from each of its starters. In addition to the two Hornets who dented double digits, Bradley Riley hit four of five shots from the field and netted nine points, Hayden Simmer chipped in seven markers, and Peyton Forck added six. On a night when CHS shot a lowly 39 percent overall – 48 percent inside the arc and only 29 percent beyond, Forck joined Riley in being efficient, netting three of his four 2-points tries.
Lawson’s leading scorer was Coleman Weber with 14 points.
The CHS basketball boys now prepare to play in the annual Bishop LeBlond Holiday Classic tournament between Christmas and New Year’s. The Hornets will open against Falls City, Neb., at 2:30 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 27.