The seventh-grade Lady Mustangs accomplished what no other seventh-grade team at Chillicothe Junior High has ever accomplished.


The seventh-grade Lady Mustangs accomplished what no other seventh-grade team at Chillicothe Junior High has ever accomplished.

The team took the Peoria County Tournament title with a 36-25 defeat of Brimfield in the championship game Nov. 19 at Mossville.

“The girls played very well, said coach Sara Kinney. “They passed the ball and got the ball to the open girls, resulting in taking good shots and shooting 47 percent.”

CJH doubled Brimfield, 12-6, in the first quarter, and went to the locker room at halftime with a 16-8 lead.

The Lady Mustangs roared back with 12 points in the third to go up 14 going into the final quarter.

Six points later, the Lady Mustangs won the title.

“I was proud of the way they played and worked together as a team,” said Kinney.

Brooke Ratcliff amassed 14 points to take leading scorer honors. She also leaped for 10 rebounds, as did teammate Erika Koch.

Jessica Childers had nine assists.

CJH is now 17-3 this season.

In the opening round of the tournament, CJH easily downed Farmington, 33-14, Nov. 15.

“The girls played well in the first round of the Peoria County Tournament at Mossville,” said Kinney.

“They shot the ball well and played strong defense.”

Childers had 10 points, and Megan Connor added nine.

Ratcliff had 14 rebounds and six assists, and Childers had five steals.

On Nov. 17, the Lady Mustangs had little trouble in the semi-finals of the tournament with the Lady Princesses of Princeville, winning 34-18.

“The girls did a great job rebounding and, therefore, got many shots in the game,” said Kinney.

Ratcliff booked 15 rebounds and 10 points for CJH, and Childers led scoring with 11 points.

Sarah Daum jumped for nine rebounds.