The Return of Girls Basketball at Chillicothe
Row 1: Jena McCoy, Maria Oertwig, Julie Haynes, Gail Maberry, Dawn Detweiler
                                       Row 2: Janet Haynes, JoEllen Smith, Jan Miller, Julie Saale, Vickie Melte, Lynn Coult, Kathy Wilson

     On November 14th, 1974 a group of girls suited up and played organized basketball for Chillicothe for the first time in nearly 50 years. Girls sports had returned to CHS and after weeks of practice under former Chillicothe star player and former Hornets Coach Fred Stephens, the girls lost to Cameron in the season opener 51-19 with Jan Miller, Kathy Wilson and Jo Ellen Smith scoring all of the points.
     Undeterred and 11 days later, Chillicothe again took to the old CHS High School Stage which doubled as a basketball court and faced the Marshall Lady Owls. 
     Chillicothe used the offense of Jan Miller's 16 points and an improved defensive effort to pick up their first win 45-33. Chillicothe led by just three points heading into the fourth quarter but outscored Marshall 12-3 in the final quarter. 
      In addition to Miller's 16 points, Kathy Wilson had 10, Julie Haynes 7 and Jo Ellen Smith with 6 points. A full box score was unavailable in the Constitution-Tribune article covering the game.
      The 45 points would be their best offensive output of the season. They would pick up a win over Moberly and would beat Brookfield twice for their 4 wins in the initial Modern Era Girls Basketball season. Stephens would coach one more season, finishing 7-11 and 6-6 in the NCMC in their 2nd season. It would take the Lady Hornets just 8 seasons to pick up a 19-7 record and a final four appearance.
      But that's a story for another time.
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The Legend of Jerry Parrish    
     In the 100 plus years of Chillicothe boys basketball, there have been some great Hornet players. One of the best played more than 50 years ago and many of his records still stand.
     When it came to basketball, the 6' 2" Jerry Parrish was nearly unstoppable on the court. Decades before the three-point shot was invented, Parrish routinely scored 30 and 40 plus points per game for the Hornets. In his senior year, he scored over 30 points in all but one game in a 13 game stretch, including 48 points against Macon in a 92-60 blow out. Parish had 17 field goals and was 14 of 17 at the free throw line in the game. The 48 points stands as a single game record to this day, and his season total of 827 points is also still a school record. 20 days after the 48 points he popped in 46 and later that season he had 40 points with no free throws, making 20 field goals, a school record that was tied 31 years later. During his three years playing varsity, the teams went a combined 73-10 with three conference championships and a trip to the quarterfinals his Senior year when the team finished 29-2.
      Parish still holds the season 2 point field goal record of 326 and is third all time in that category. He also still holds the season points per game record with 25.57.
      The apple didn't fall far from the tree later in life when his sons Mitch and Matt and daughter Ashley all received all state honors, all were on district championship teams and all three played for state championships, with Mitch and Matt on the 1981 boys Championship team and Ashley on the 1994 girls 2nd place team.

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