Chillicothe Girls Basketball improved to 5-12 with a 61-45 victory over Portsmouth at Hatton Gym Saturday night.

Coach Shawn Blue finally had a reason to smile after the game. “The kids have worked extremely hard here the last couple of weeks and haven’t found the gold at the end of the rainbow, finally they got one tonight.”

The win snaps a five game losing skid for the Cavs and gives them a split with the Trojans. Chillicothe lost 54-42 at Portsmouth in December.

The Cavs trailed 10-7 after the first period. Portsmouth went on an 8-0 run to overcome a 7-4 deficit and surged ahead by five. Chillicothe regained the lead on a combination of buckets by Jasmine Jordan, Jenna Holton and Kayla Keener to lead 19-15 at the break.

“We didn’t shoot real well in the first half, but got the ball inside the way we wanted… the first half we kind of struggled offensively, but overall a good effort.”

The big difference was shots on goal. Chillicothe held the Trojans to 11% from the field in the third quarter while the Cavs began to separate themselves in the second half.

Bri Dawes, scoreless through the first two periods, got into the act offensively hitting for seven of her 15 points in the third. Dawes drained a three to put the Cavs on top 32-19 for their largest lead to that point. 

Blue was most pleased with the second half. “They (Portsmouth) kinda regrouped and we didn’t have a great half… offensively, I thought this was the best game we’ve had in transition in quite some time.”

Both teams had 18 free throws apiece.

Four Cavaliers scored in double figures for Chillicothe led by Holton’s 17 points. Dawes had 15, Keener 13, Jordan 12 and Shay Lett capped the scoring with 5.

Portsmouth’s Peighton Williams had 27 to lead all scorers and Jada Jenkins added 10.

Chillicothe heads to Hartley Monday night.


Chillicothe’s combined scores gave them a meet victory in the pool at the University of Rio Grande Saturday.

The Cavalier Boys finished ahead of River Valley and Point Pleasant and the Lady Cavs were 2nd behind Gallia Academy and in front of River Valley and Point Pleasant respectively.

Both the Chillicothe Boys and Girls won five events and placed second in four others.

The Cavs swim against Teays Valley next Saturday at 1pm at the Ross County YMCA.

Cavs Individual Top 3 Results:


200 Medley Relay- 2nd Joel DeGarmo, Lander Zook, Per Petersen, Tommy Conaway

200 Free- 1st Dominic Villarreal, 2nd David Masters

200 IM- 2nd Per Petersen, 3rd Joel DeGarmo

50 Free- 2nd Tommy Conaway, 3rd David Masters

100 Free- 1st Tommy Conaway, 3rd Lander Zook

500 Free- 2nd Dominic Villarreal

200 Free Relay- 1st Per Petersen, David Masters, Joel DeGarmo, Tommy Conaway

100 Back- 1st Joel DeGarmo

100 Breast- 1st Lander Zook, 2nd Matthew Hurff, 3rd Per Petersen


200 Medley Relay- 2nd Anna DeGarmo, Hannah Lunde, MacKenzie Smitley, Chianne Burgin

200 Free- 1st Hannah Lunde

50 Free- 2nd Chianne Burgin

100 Fly- 1st MacKenzie Smitley

100 Free- 1st Hannah Lunde, 2nd Anna DeGarmo, 3rd Hannah Arth

500 Free- 2nd Jessica Limle

100 Back- 2nd Chianne Burgin

100 Breast- 1st MacKenzie Smitley, 3rd Hannah Arth

400 Free Relay- 1st Hannah Lunde, Anna DeGarmo, Chiannne Burgin, Mac Kenzie Smitley


Chillicothe’s top three finishers gave the Boys what they needed for an 81 pinfall victory over Logan Saturday,  2307- 2226 at Shawnee Lanes. Robbie Vest led the Cavs with a 434 series, Marquis Jackson had a 425 series and Jarrad Zeisler had a 415 series.

Logan defeated the Lady Cavs 1841-1774. Summer Finley led Chillicothe with a 416 series.

Chillicothe faces Zane Trace Tuesday at 5pm at Shawnee Lanes.

WRESTLING: Cavs Finish 8th of 18 at Miami Trace 

Chillicothe placed 8th in the 18 team Miami Trace McDonald’s Invitational Wrestling Saturday.

Sheridan was the tournament winner, besting host Miami Trace by six points.

The Cavs finished 14 points behind 7th place Circleville, the team Chillicothe faces in the second round of the State Dual Meets this Wednesday.

Coach Mike Peck was pleased with his team’s effort. “Of the 11 (Cavalier) wrestlers to attend, all won at least one match, which is a solid accomplishment in this tournament.” Chillicothe was 17th in the 2012 Miami Trace Invite.

Last week, Peck quoted assistant coach Adam Steele saying the Miami Trace tournament is a good measuring stick for knowing where the Cavs stood against future opponents.

Chillicothe also finished ahead of SEOAL members Warren and Gallia Academy, who they’ll meet in two weeks in the league meet at CHS.

Christian Collins (160) had the top finish for Chillicothe (2nd). Caleb Price (132) and Mike Williams (220) had 4th place finishes while Nick Lawhorn (106), Jacob Price (138) and Tyler Kelley (195) grabbed 6th places.

McDonald's Invitational Results 
 1 Sheridan 280.0
 2 Miami Trace 274.0
 3 Washington CH 244.0
 4 Amanda Clearcreek 234.0
 5 Athens 196.5
 6 Bethel-Tate 176.0
 7 Circleville 171.0
 9 Warren 131.0
10 Gallia Academy 122.0
11 Wilimington 117.0
12 McClain 112.0
13 Westfall  95.0
14 Logan Elm  61.0
15 Wyoming  59.0
16 Vinton County  57.0
17 Greenville  51.0
18 Goshen  48.0