By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
Admittedly fearing of antagonizing unseen forces, Chillicothe High School basketball Lady Hornets third-year head coach Rachael Parkey understand-ably is reluctant to declare her team cured of its multi-season case of offensive inconsistency and necrosis.
However, after her club stunningly and suddenly has generated a cumulative 127 points in back-to-back wins, she admits the patient is looks a lot perkier.
The Lady Hornets closed their regular season at home last night with a 68-39 "Senior Night" thrashing of visiting Marshall. Chillicothe's second win in a row, following up a 59-55 road upset of Cameron last Thursday, wrapped up CHS' regular season with a 12-13 record.
Asked to open her post-game broadcast interview if her club is peaking, Parkey chuckled, "I don't want to jinx it, but they're getting there.
"Things are good right now. They're practicing hard. They've got confidence."
The Lady Hornets scored at least 14 points in every quarter last night, sending them into their Class 4 District 16 Tournament opener against Savannah at St. Joseph's Benton High School this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. operating at an offensive level they had not reached previously.
"It feels good to finally be putting four quarters together at a time instead of having a little letdown anywhere in the game," Parkey conceded.
Such game-long consistency of production will need to continue Saturday if the Lady Hornets are to reach .500 and extend their season into next week with their first district-tournament victory in seven years. Last night's victory already gave this year's club the program's most wins in a season since the 2005-06 team finished 14-12, the Lady Hornets' last winning season.
"We've already talked about how important it is to play and put together four quarters like we have been," the third-year head coach stated following last night's satisfying triumph.