Lady Hornets without their two senior varsity-lineup members who usually play Nos. 1 and 3 singles; golf girls lose two
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — With their regular varsity lineups only two seniors absent Monday (Sept. 14), the 2020 Chillicothe HS tennis Lady Hornets were easy prey for defending Midland Empire Conference champion Kansas City: St. Pius X. The fact that the final score of the dual match wasn’t 9-0 probably rates as a bit of a positive for CHS.
Minus usual No. 1 singles player Delaney May and No. 3 Megan Sisson, the Lady Hornets lost to SPX’s Lady Warriors 8-1 at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts.
Posting Chillicothe’s victory were junior Audrey Snider and freshman Izzy Garr in No. 3 doubles. In Garr’s varsity debut, the tandem prevailed by an 8-4 count.
Both No. 1 position sets against Chillicothe’s crimped lineup predictably finished as shutouts. In doubles, St. Pius X’s Maisie Markowitz and Aramis Pernice downed Chillicothe’s usual No. 2 combo of sophomore Cami Carpenter and junior Leah Lourenco. In singles, Markowitz sawed up Carpenter.
While she lost, frosh Garr also managed to post CHS’ most-competitive showing in singles, losing the No. 6 set 4-8.
Of the other five singles sets, Chillicothe (2-2, 1-2 conf.) claimed no more than two of 10 games in any of them and three were shutouts.
With the two seniors absent, Chillicothe had Lourenco at No. 2 in singles, rather than her normal No. 4 slot. Freshman Rylee Washburn was elevated to No. 3 from No. 5 and junior Olivia Anderson, who paired with Washburn for No. 2 doubles, was in the fourth spot, followed by Snider.
Lourenco’s losses were her first of the season in each mode of play, following four wins in each.
Next for CHS’ tennis Lady Hornets is slated to be a Thursday home match against league foe St. Joseph: Benton.
Benton, Cameron Prevail over Golf Lady Hornets Monday
CAMERON — Chillicothe High senior Hallie Jones fired a match-best round of 39, but host Cameron had four of its five players shoot in the 40s to sweep a double-dual match from Chillicothe and St. Joseph: Benton Monday (Sept. 14, 2020).
With its overall balance, Cameron posted a 192 low-4 team score, 17 strokes better than Chillicothe.
Benton had three of its five players at 50 or lower on the Veterans Memorial Golf Course layout, resulting in a team score of 198 which also bettered the Lady Hornets’ 209.
Jones’ 39, her third-best ever in a 9-holes dual match, was six shots clear of the second-best individual round of Monday’s match. A Benton player (name not available) posted a 45.
Chillicothe, which had only four of its five team members available for the action, received a career-best 48 from sophomore Skylar Powers, a 57 from junior Abbey Hayen, and a 65 from junior Brooklyn Williams.
The golf Lady Hornets’ next scheduled action is next Monday’s Sedalia Invitational Tournament. They then will host their own annual tourney on Thursday, Sept. 24, weather permitting.