Junior guard drains five first-half treys, including one 4-points play, as CHS runs away from Hamilton: Penney 60-34 in season-starting clash of Lady Hornets
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
HAMILTON — A scorching-hot, first-half perimeter shooting display by junior guard Jordan Hibner torched the rebuilding Hamilton: Penney Hornets and lit the way for the Chillicothe High School basketball Lady Hornets to coast to a 60-34 2018-19 season-opening victory Tuesday night.
Hibner, one of three returning CHS starters, drilled five 3-pointers in the first two quarters, one of which became a 4-points play, to notch her game-best 16 points. She attempted only one shot after intermission.
Behind her long-range onslaught, Chillicothe netted the game’s first eight points on their way to establishing a 32-12 halftime advantage.
With a quick 8-0 spurt early in the final stanza and a 7-0 closing kick, CHS twice owned 26-points leads.
By game’s end, 10 of the 12 players Chillicothe dressed out got into the scoring act with Hunter Keithley joining her classmate in twin-digits scoring with 11 points.
Unofficially in double figures in another statistic was senior center Kennedie Kieffer, who was tracked for snaring a game-best 11 rebounds.
Hamilton, a senior-less squad which has two returning starters from last year’s Class 3 state-quarterfinals qualifier, was paced by junior guard Nora Ford’s 13 points.
Chillicothe’s girls move on to next week’s Savannah Invitational Tournament, in which, as the No. 3 seed, they’ll clash with the hosts Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Hamilton’s next action is to be a home girls-boys doubleheader against Mercer Nov. 29.