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.