St. Pius X earns sectional payback, clipping Chillicothe 52-48

The St. Pius Lady Warriors and Chillicothe Lady Hornets have met in the Class 3 sectionals in back-to-back years.  In 2015, the Lady Hornets moved on with a hard-fought battle against Pius at Excelsior Springs High School.  On Wednesday night, in a rematch, the Warriors returned the favor with a 52-48 win, ending the 2015-2016 season for the 5th-ranked Lady Hornets.

The game was close throughout, with the Lady Hornets leading 26-21 at the half, but St. Pius tying the game at 33 after three quarters.  Chillicothe’s last lead, at 46-44, came with 3:05 remaining.  St. Pius would tie, and then overtake the Lady Hornets, with back-to-back baskets giving the Kansas City squad the advantage, for good, with 1:40 remaining.

The Warriors (24-3) will take on Boonville in Saturday’s quarterfinal round (6:00 PM at Lee’s Summit High School).  Chillicothe, led by Katelyn Parkey’s 17 points, Hannah Jones 12, and Whitney Clampitt’s 12, suffers an earlier than anticipated end to its season, but will return, with the exception of senior Erin Campbell, all of its roster for the 2016-2017 season.

In the second game of the night at Excelsior Springs, the Cinderella run of the Lawson Cardinals continued to the “Round of 8”, with a 47-43 victory over the Maryville Spoofhounds.  The win sends the 23-6 Cardinals into the Class 3 state quarterfinals, at a date with powerhouse Barstow (25-3) at 7:45 on Saturday night in Lee’s Summit.  Barstow, a blowout winner on Wednesday night (84-37 against Boonville), features future Nebraska Cornhusker Jeriah Horne, future North Carolina Tar Heel Shea Rush, and junior point guard Jacob Gilyard, seen as a sure-fire signee at the next level.

Lawson, in the win over Maryville, was led by Cody Glenn with 23 point.  John Zimmerman had 13 points and Jackson Golightly 10 for Maryville, ending the season at 20-8.