CJH Mustangs win Regional

Justin Miller
We did it!: Mustang player Calvin Campbell hoists Bret Hoover with the Regional plaque.

After a thrilling Regional run, the Chillicothe Junior High Mustangs have their eyes set on keeping the good times rolling at Sectional.

After an impressive regular season, the eighth-grade Mustangs took down Eureka in the first round of the Regional tournament, 35-22.

The Mustangs then ran over Metamora Grade School, 32-23, sending them to the Regional championship.

Against Metamora, Keegan Gauwitz had 11 points, Calvin Campbell and Adam Reginald each had eight, Austin Johnson had six, Konnor Smithson had four, Caleb Magee had two and Connor Bogner had one.

With a Sectional berth on the line, the Mustangs battled Germantown Hills Feb. 3.

The game started off tight, with neither team seeming to be able to crack the code of the other one’s defense.

The Mustangs took an 8-7 lead after the opening frame.

In the second quarter, the Mustang defense broke down, something they had not done much of all season.

Although the Mustangs allowed Germantown Hills to take a lead after the second quarter, they made sure it was not a large one.

CJH went into halftime trailing by three points.

The third quarter was much the same as the second, with both teams taking off offensively and struggling on defense.

Heading into the final frame of the Regional, the Mustangs found themselves trailing, 31-28.

With their season on the line, the Mustangs took control of the game by locking down the Germantown Hills offense to only three points for the quarter, their lowest of the game.

Offensively, the Mustangs shined as they put up 14 points of their own, many of which came on free-throw opportunities.

CJH won the game, 42-33.

For the game, Reginald had 12 points, Johnson had 11, Smithson had 9, Campbell had 4, Gauwitz had four and Magee had two.

“It was real close right at the end,” CJH coach Marty Ogburn said. “We were eight for 10 from the free-throw line for the fourth quarter so that was huge. We were down at the start of the fourth quarter, but pulled it out at the end, so it was a nice win.”

The Mustangs next play Washington Middle School at 6 p.m. tonight at Washington for the right to go to State.

“Washington Middle School has a really good team. They’re undefeated,” Ogburn said. “We’re going to have to have a really good game to have a chance. We’ve had a good season and we’re up for the challenge."