Hornets bolt to 7-0 lead over KC charter school team in first two minutes Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, win third third by 15
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
TRENTON, Mo. — After a dismal start to their season opener Dec. 2 eventually led to a loss, there’s no questioning the readiness of the 2019-20 Chillicothe (Mo.) HS basketball Hornets at the beginning of every game since the most-recent three.
Thursday night (Dec. 19), on the heels of scoring the first 23 points of their win at Trenton six nights earlier and 14-5 break from the gate at Macon two evenings before, the Hornets zipped ahead of Kansas City: Hogan Prep Academy 7-0 in the first 1:50 and twice led by 10 points in the opening period on their way to a third-straight decisive triumph, 59-44.
The CHS boys (4-2) had as much as a 16-points advantage in the first half and calmly responded to a Rams mini-push early in the second half that twice whittled the gap to nine with a win-clinching 16-6 push in a 6-1/2-minutes span of the third and last stanzas.
Remaining tough to stop on the offensive end was Hornets senior forward Westley Brandsgaard, who followed a 30-points showing at Macon that matched his career best (set late last season) with 26 at Hogan Prep’s expense. His season average now is just shy of 22 per game.
Classmate C.J. Pfaff continued to click the scoreboard regularly, as well, netting 16 points, just over his average of 15. The duo also combined for 17 rebounds, led by nine by Pfaff, the 6’4” senior guard who also swatted away three Rams shots and handed out a team-best four assists.
The Chillicothe boys now will take a week-long break from game play before tipping off in the Bishop LeBlond Holiday Tournament at St. Joseph Dec. 27, 28, and 30.
The Hornets will meet the same first-round opponent there as a year ago – Falls City, Neb. – again at 2:30 p.m. Chillicothe took last year’s clash by 21 before losing its last two in the tourney. Like CHS, most of the Nebraska school’s starters from then are back.