Lawson Lady Cardinals overcome 25-19 intermission deficit at home Monday (Jan. 28, 2019), hitting 17 of 22 free throws in last two quarters to defeat CHS 56-48

LAWSON, Mo. — The Lawson HS Lady Cardinals made 17 of 22 second-half free throws, including 13 of 16 in the last quarter, to make the Chillicothe Lady Hornets cough up a halftime lead for a second-straight game and suffer back-to-back defeats for a third time in 2018-19 Monday night, topping the Lady Hornets 56-48.
Behind 25-19 at intermission, Lawson surged into the lead with a 17-10 third-quarter advantage, then expanded its margin to the point where Chillicothe strategically had to foul to try to slow the Lady Cardinals’ momentum. It didn’t, however, as – keyed by point guard Taylor Dolt’s perfect 8-of-8 performance at the foul line in the last eight minutes, the hosts provided no opening for CHS to exploit.
Chillicothe (14-6) remained very consistent, results-wise, in a very good season that has lost a bit of its lustre the past couple of weeks. Cruising into the Jan. 11 championship game of the “Bulldog Classic” tournament at Kearney, the Lady Hornets now have dropped four of their past seven outings. Monday’s loss at Lawson meant all six of their losses have come in three back-to-back pairs.
Avoiding their first 3-games skid of the season will be a major challenge, since the Lady Hornets’ next contest will be against 16-2 St. Joseph: Benton at home Thursday. Benton leads the Midland Empire Conference with a 2-0 record, having defeated Kansas City: St. Pius X, which won in Chillicothe a couple of weeks ago, by 21 on Jan. 3 and buried lowly Cameron 65-29 Monday.
Although not prolific offensively before intermission, Chillicothe did utilize balanced scoring and solid defense to take its 6-points lead. All five CHS starters had at least three points and four had four or more in the opening two stanzas.
However, as happened last Saturday against Smithville, once the opponent began putting the ball in the basket more often, the Lady Hornets couldn’t keep pace. Once they trailed in the closing minutes, just as Smithville did with letter-perfect free-throw shooting, the ability of Lawson (13-7) to connect at the charity stripe sealed CHS’ doom.
Statistically, leading the Lady Cardinals to victory was Dolt with 14 points. Laken Manns and reserve Natalie Schnetzler provided an additional 10 each.
Chillicothe was topped by Hunter Keithley’s game-high 15 markers with Kennedie Kieffer netting 12 and Maggie Pfaff nine. The CHS bench, very points-productive of late, was a non-factor with only one reserve scoring and that amounting to only four points.