Brook Childers is a junior for the 10-2 Patriots.

When you grow up in Union Hill, basketball is just a way of life.

It is for Brook Childers. She has played the sport for 10 years. The junior is one of the starters for the Brewer High Patriots (10-2).

Last year, Childers was a role player on a team that made its fourth straight trip to the Class 5A Final Four. This year she’s a starter. She’s one of the outside scoring threats for Ricky Allen’s team.

“Brook is one of our most consistent players,” Allen said. “She’s averaging around 13 points a game. She’s like everybody else on the team. It’s early in the season and she’s looking for her game.”

Childers said she loves basketball because every game offers a different challenge.

“I like challenges,” Childers said.

“Each basketball game you have to face different challenges to be able to win. When you do that, the game is a lot of fun.”

Childers lives on Burden-Childers Farms in Union Hill. It’s a dairy farm started by her great-grandfather in 1947 after he returned from World War II. Her father, Jim, now runs the place.

Childers answered five questions for Decatur Daily sports writer David Elwell.

Question: How big is the dairy farm?

Answer: I’m not sure how many acres. We have 600 cows that have to be milked twice a day.

Q: Do you help milk the cows?

A: No, we have help that takes care of the milking. But I can milk a cow.

Q: Is having 600 cows like having 600 pets?

A: No, they are just cows.

Q: Do you have any specific jobs on the dairy farm?

A: My brother (Michael) and I help out doing whatever we need to do. Between school work and basketball, there’s not a lot of time to help. I like to help my dad doctoring the animals. That’s interesting.

Q: Is there anything you have learned from being around the dairy farm that helps you with basketball?

A: I’ve learned that you have to be able to adjust when things don’t go like you expect them to go. You really have to learn to go with the flow.

Contact David Elwell at 256-340-2395 or at Follow on Twitter@DD_DavidElwell.
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