MJH and CJH battle in basketball

Justin Miller
Logan VanOstrand, left, prepares to box out Casey Milloy as they wait for a foul shot.

The Chillicothe Junior High Mustangs and Mossville Junior High Warriors met Nov. 7 at Mossville in a doubleheader of basketball action that saw the Mustangs take both games.

“I was very happy with how we played in the seventh grade game,” CJH coach Kevin Yates said. “Our boys came out and played hard and were able to get some shots to fall early.”

In the opening seventh grade game, the Mustangs used smart passing decisions to move the ball around and take good shots.

CJH jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the opening quarter, and held a 17-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Joe Culbertson and Jordan Mercer kept the Mustangs scoring by hustling around the court at top speed.

The Warriors continued to have problems scoring in the second quarter, but never let up hustling throughout.

CJH led, 27-4, at halftime.

The Mustangs continued to press their offensive advantage in the second half, and added to the lead by using offensive rebounds and solid team play.

Mossville never let up and improved the offensive output in the second half with Jack Tolly and Isaac Cain charging at the Mustangs.

In the end, CJH won, 42-12.

In the second game, the teams played evenly during the first quarter, with MJH and CJH trading points and leads.

“The eighth grade game was very competitive,” Yates said. “Both teams played good defense. We were fortunate to start making some good transition baskets in the second half that let us escape with a win.”

The Mustangs, however, moved the ball a little more effectively to start the game and inched out a 7-5 lead after the first quarter.

Logan VanOstrand and Wyatt Schroeder helped the Mustangs create good ball movement to set up the offense.

Tyler Thulean and Cameron McCready helped Mossville keep the Mustangs from pulling too far ahead with defensive intensity.

In the end, the Mustangs’ offensive strengths were too much for the Warriors to overcome.

CJH won, 36-21.