Defense, boards dominance, Barnett's scoring lead way

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — After sharing an icy start with the host Excelsior Springs Lady Tigers for the first 51⁄2 minutes of last night's game, Chillicothe High School's basketball Lady Hornets took command with a devastating 29-4 run that extended from late in the opening quarter through the middle of the third and registered a 42-28 non-league win.
"We play with a lot of emotion. Either things are going our way or they're not," CHS head coach Rachael Parkey said of her team's predilection for hot-and-cold performances, a trait which had worked against them their previous time out when they went from leading by 13 points early in the fourth quarter to losing to Moberly by five.
"Once we get somebody to turn it around and get a few things going our way, everybody responds," she noted of the positive side of the team's bi-polar trait.
Last night's victory – the Lady Hornets' second lopsided early-season win over Excelsior Springs in as many seasons – gives Chillicothe a chance tonight to continue an early trend to the new season of pairing victories or losses. The CHS girls won their first two, then lost the next two before moving to 3-2 last night.
The Lady Hornets will host Macon at 6 o'clock this evening in the opener of a girls/boys varsity doubleheader.
Macon topped Moberly's girls a couple of weeks ago, Parkey notes, so the Lady Hornets will need to upgrade their game from what it was when they met Moberly.
"We're going to have to play solid and we're going to have to box out and follow our shots and do little things we didn't start out doing tonight," the Chillicothe coach said in a post-game broadcast interview after last night's triumph.
"We're gong to have to put together a whole four quarters of that, if we want to come out on top."