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 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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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
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