MARYVILLE • Perhaps Chillicothe High School and the city should conduct a joint inquiry into their water systems.
The maddening malady of extended offensive impotence that has plagued both the CHS boys' and girls' basketball teams remains highly-resistant to the medications the teams' respective head coaches in recent years have administered, it was reconfirmed last night.
Chillicothe's Hornets, coming off a lackluster second half in a Saturday loss at Kirksville, led the host Maryville Spoofhounds 9-8 after one quarter and 11-10 a couple of minutes into the second last night.
The Hornets then scored one basket in the final six minutes of the first half and one field goal in a span of 91⁄2 minutes to fall behind by 14 points at intermission and eventually lose by 16, 54-38.
Statistically, nearly all of the numbers favored the winners.
Maryville's Jonathan Baker led all scorers with 22 points, 13 of those in the pivotal second quarter.
For the Hornets, who played without ill starting junior center Ryan Smith, Trent Moore paced the attack with 13 points, including seven of the team's nine in the first frame.
Maryville shot 53 percent from 2-point range and 49 percent overall, compared to CHS' 36 percent overall. The Spoofhound also out-rebounded the Hornets 32-22, including 19-8 in the first half.