After finishing third in the Sparta Girls Basketball Tournament, the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets dropped two straight at home to start the regular season.
On Monday, Vienna came to town to challenge Chester for first blood in the Black Diamond Conference West Division.
Chester came out of the blocks hot and led, 17-14, after the first quarter. If it wasn"t for several untimely turnovers, Chester would have had an even bigger lead.
The Jackets stayed hot to open the second quarter, but a series of five turnovers to close out the frame allowed Vienna to close the gap with a 13-11 effort over CHS.
At the halftime break, Chester had only a one-point lead, 28-27.
When the Lady Yellow Jackets came back from the halftime break, they faced a different Vienna team.
Vienna outscored Chester 19-7 in the third quarter and demonstrated that they had the steam to continue the battle. The Lady Eagles led 46-35 after three quarters of play.
Chester seemed sluggish and disoriented much of the last half. Vienna continued to pressure the Lady Yellow Jackets, forcing turnover-after turnover.
It didn"t get much better in the fourth quarter, Chester scored only nine points - all by Emily Tudor - on a pair of three-pointers and three free throws.
Chester (3-4) was led offensively by Destiny Williams who recorded 16 points. She was followed by Tudor (9), Kaitlyn Dillow (8) Carlee Weir (7), and Logan Colvis (4).
Colvis led the team in rebounding, followed by Williams, Dillow, and Weir with five rebounds apiece and Tudor with two boards.
Weir dished out five assists to lead the team and Williams had four steals.
Vienna was led by Hayleigh Keeling, who scored 21 points. She was followed by Lindsey Holhubner (17), Alena Cowsert (10), Callie Clay (9), Alyssa Jones (2) and Adrienne Bullock (1).
Up next for Chester is another battle with Sesser-Valier-Waltonville on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and a matchup with Zeigler-Royalton on Monday at 6:15 p.m. Both contests will be played at Colbert Gymnasium.
• Sparta 49, Chester 44
On Nov. 21, CHS hosted Sparta for its home opener only a few days after beating the Lady Bulldogs, 51-44, in their own tournament.
The Lady Yellow Jackets had a terrible first quarter, allowing the Lady Bulldogs to lead 21-6 after eight minutes.
CHS rallied in the second quarter, outscoring Sparta, 11-8, but still trailed 29-17 at halftime and 43-28 after three quarters.
The Lady Yellow Jackets weren"t through, however, as they came alive down the stretch and won the fourth quarter, 16-6.
For the game, Chester was led by sophomore Carlee Weir, who scored 24 points. Freshman Destiny Williams got two quick fouls and had to sit the bench early, but she came back in the second half and added 10 points to the Lady Yellow Jacket cause.
Senior Logan Colvis contributed seven points and junior Abby Myers added two. Senior Emily Tudor rounded out the Chester attack with one point.
Logan Colvis led the team in rebounding with 11 boards followed by Kaitlyn Dillow with six.
"The girls didn"t ever give up," said Chester coach Pat Knowles. "They continued to play hard throughout the game.
"I give them credit for not quitting."