MARYVILLE — Spreading the offensive load around among every player who saw more than a few seconds of playing time, Chillicothe High School’s basketball Lady Hornets got in the “wins” column in 2012-13 Midland Empire for the first time last night. In the process, they gave themselves a chance to get back to .500 overall Thursday when they host a team they’ve defeated twice already.
Despite not having any scorer reach double figures, the Lady Hornets trailed only twice – both times by a single points in the first quarter – as they handled the host Maryville Lady Spoofhounds, 46-32.
That victory will give the CHS girls (10-11, 1-3 MEC) the opportunity to square their season mark when they welcome Savannah tomorrow night.
“We’re going to give it everything we’ve got,” Lady Hornets head coach Rachael Parkey said in her post-game broadcast interview, noting the game also figures to have an impact on the seedings for the upcoming district tournament.
“It’s going to be an important one. They’re in our district.”
Tuesday night’s game saw the Lady Hornets defeat Maryville for a second time this season, having opened the year with a triumph over the Lady Spoofhounds in the Savannah Invitational Tournament.
With confidence gained by that prior win, Chillicothe played one of its most-consistent offensive games to build its eventual winning margin early in the fourth quarter.
A key facet in that consistency was everyone sharing the load of putting the ball in the basket. Parkey’s 7-deep player rotation saw each of those Lady Hornets produce between four and nine markers.
“All seven of them that played regularly stepped up and they shot well,” the coach said of regular starters Madison Williams, Samantha McKiddy, Maggie Graves, and Mackenzie Barnett, sophomore first-time starter Hallee Jones, Erin Gilliland, and Lexi Snyder.
Williams ended up with a team-high nine tallies, followed closely by Snyder and Graves with eight each, Gilliland with seven, McKiddy with five, and Barnett with four.