It was a battle that came down to the last second, but the Mustangs, unfortunately, came out on the losing end.


It was a battle that came down to the last second, but the Mustangs, unfortunately, came out on the losing end.

On Nov. 25, the Chillicothe Junior High seventh-grade girls’ basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Midwest Central Raiders in the Regional championship game at home.

The Mustangs had a bye in the first round of the tournament and dispatched Dunlap in the second round, 22-18, with Megan Connor and Jessica Childers leading the team with five points each.

In the title game, the Raiders jumped out early to take the lead, something which they would never relinquish, and the Mustangs found themselves in an 11-4 hole after the first quarter.

The CJH offense could not overcome the defense of the Raiders in the second quarter, despite the fast play of CJH guard Connor, who seemed to be all over the court on defense and offense, and the Mustangs went into the half down, 18-12.

The Mustangs came out of the half and into the third quarter playing much like they did the first half, never quite letting the Raiders run away with the game and staying in the contest.

At the end of the quarter, Childers scored on a breakaway layup to put the game at 25-18 heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter was a classic battle when the Mustangs cut the Raider lead to two with a little under two minutes remaining, but the Raiders made a clutch shot to push it back to a two-possession game.

CJH again cut the lead to two with 17 seconds remaining, but the Raiders made a clutch free throw to ice the game and give themselves the Regional championship, 28-25.

Childers scored a team high 10 points for the Mustangs, as she gave a championship game MVP-style performance.

Defensively, the team was led by Brooke Ratcliff’s 10 rebounds.