CJH and MJH split doubleheader

Justin Miller
Alayna King, left, and Sarah Brincks, right, prepare to face off for a rebound after a free throw in the eighth-grade game.

The cross-town rival Chillicothe Junior High and Mossville Junior High girls’ basketball teams met Oct. 24 at Mossville for a doubleheader of action, which the teams split.

The opening seventh-grade game went to the Warriors of Mossville, 34-21.

“The girls came out and played their best game Monday night against CJH,” Mossville coach Jennifer Adkison said. “We always talk about doing the little things, rebounding, boxing out and finishing our shots. They came out ready to play and we had some players take their game to a higher level, which helped us work together as a team.”

Mossville came out on fire in the opening quarter and outscored the Mustangs, 9-0.

“The girls had difficulty scoring and stopping a tall Mossville team,” coach Sara Kinney said. “The girls worked very hard and played better defense as the game progressed.”

Ellen Carpenter and Hattie Hoerr’s hustle helped the team start out on a great run.

The Warriors continued to force turnovers throughout the first half and held a 20-8 lead at halftime.

Despite great team play from Madi Johnson and Katie Carlin, the Mustangs still could not make a dent in the Warrior lead in the second half, and Mossville pulled away to win.

“Our confidence as individuals and as a team is growing, which made us successful,” Adkison said. “Sara is a great coach in the community and it was a great experience to play CJH, being my first year as a coach. Both teams played well.”

The eighth-grade game, however, came out in the Mustang’s favor.

“Although consisting of young and inexperienced girls, every game they show heart and dedication,” Adkison said. “We have eighth graders who have had to step up as leaders and play various positions they may not have played in the past and are learning and doing well.”

Mustang sisters Rylie and Kylie Milliken helped CJH establish an early lead.

“The girls did a good job passing the ball and finding the open person,” Kinney said. “Each of the Milliken girls had four steals. The girls worked well together in this game.”

Despite great play from Emily Terpstra and Mackenzie Helfrich, the Warriors were trailing at halftime.

In the second half, Briana Cline and Elizabeth Landis continued to keep the Mustangs playing with a lead.

Warriors Sarah Brincks and Sabra Hardin did all they could to keep Mossville in the game, but the Mustangs held on to win, 31-4.

“The CJH girls played a great game and have multiple players that stepped up and did what needed to be done to get the win,” Kinney said.