Eighth-grade game goes to the wire



The Chillicothe Junior High Mustangs and Mossville Warriors faced off Monday in a doubleheader of girls basketball.


The Chillicothe Junior High Mustangs and Mossville Warriors faced off Monday in a doubleheader of girls basketball.

The first game pitted the seventh graders against each other in a game with Mossville getting the win, 20-17.

The Mustangs struck first when Shayna VanOstrand knocked down the game’s first basket, was fouled and completed the three-point play by making her free throw to put CJH up, 3-0.

The Warriors got on the board when Kaitlyn Heinz made a free throw to cut the lead to 3-1.

Near the end of the quarter, Alexis Eckhoff tied the game at three with a basket for Mossville.

CJH took a 7-5 lead to end the quarter.

After the Mustangs scored the second quarter’s opening basket, Eckhoff made another shot to cut the lead to 9-7.

VanOstrand continued to be the team’s MVP with more baskets and lockdown defense that was helped by Briana Gray.

Lauren Divet’s defense kept Mossville in the game but they trailed, 11-9, at half.

The Warriors cut the lead to one on a free throw and took a 12-11 lead on a jumper from Madison Horack in the third.

Hannah Scherer pounded in a shot off the boards at the buzzer and CJH took a 13-12 lead into the final quarter.

Heinz grabbed the lead back for Mossville with a basket that made it 14-13.

Despite stellar defense by Divet, CJH took a 15-14 lead.

Mossville took back the lead on a shot from Eckhoff, but CJH managed a 17-16 advantage when Hailey Coats sank a two-pointer.

With the game winding down, Katy Wolfe made two clutch free throws to give Mossville an 18-17 advantage.

Horack made the game’s final basket and the Warriors won the opening game.

“We came out flat and struggled to get going early on offense,” Mossville coach Gayle Rundall said.

“Once we got better ball movement, we were more successful.”

Mossville came out slow to start the eighth-grade game but sped up for the win, 37-32.

The Mustangs started the game on a 4-0 run before Jamie Mann gave them a 6-0 lead on a low post shot.

Brooke Ratcliff then made an athletic steal and shot an assist to Mann, who put CJH up, 8-0.

Despite great passing by Brennan Whitley of the Warriors, CJH was up 12-0 after the first.

After trailing 16-0, Mossville got on the board when Candice Rudolph made a free throw.

The Mustangs continued to thrive, due in part to the low post play of Erika Greskoviak.

The Warriors knocked in a shot, followed by a free throw by Mann.

CJH was up, 23-6, at half.

Megan Connor opened the third quarter with a free throw that extended CJH’s lead to 24-6.

Whitley answered with a three-pointer for the Warriors.

Candice Rudolph added a free throw for Mossville but, with help on the boards by Erika Koch,
CJH took a 28-19 lead into the fourth quarter.

Mossville showed fire to start the final quarter and cut the lead to 28-24 with a free throw by Rudolph.

Whitley made it 28-27 on a three-pointer, and, after a CJH score, Erika Larson tied the game at 30.

With a little over a minute left, Larson gave the Warriors their first lead, 32-30, on a drive to the hoop.

Koch then made a free throw to cut the lead to 32-31.

Larson followed up with two free throws to give Mossville a 34-31 advantage.

After the Mustangs cut the lead to 34-32 on a free throw, Larson added a free throw of her own to put the Warriors up, 35-32.

Larson closed out the game with two more free throws to give Mossville a 37-32 win.

With the intensity of the second half, the Lady Warriors did exactly what their coach asked them to do at halftime.

“I told the kids at half to give a better effort for the last two quarters and to go out 100 percent,” Rundall said.

CJH coach Sara Kinney declined comment after the games.