The Chester High School Lady Yellow Jackets had a great showing in their debut appearance in the Lebanon/Wesclin Christmas Tournament.
After losing their first game to co-host Wesclin, 52-41, the Chester girls swept the competition in the consolation bracket to win the consolation championship with a 61-54 win over New Athens on Dec. 29.
In the process, Lady Yellow Jacket freshman Destiny Williams earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
"We really learned a lot this week at Lebanon," said Chester coach Pat Knowles. "We actually learned how to win, how to come from behind and still win and how to handle leads and keep them."
Lebanon, the state"s top-ranked Class 1A team at 14-0, swept its competition to win the tournament, defeating the state"s seventh-ranked team, Mount Olive, 49-37.
Christ Our Rock beat Columbia to win the third place game and Du Quoin beat Wesclin to win the fifth place game.
"This was a very good tournament," Knowles said. "There were 16 teams and we played right up there with most of them."
For the tournament, Williams scored 71 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 18 assists and had 13 steals.
Sophomore Carlee Weir recorded 48 points, 66 rebounds, seven assists and 12 steals. Senior Kaitlyn Dillow had 31 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Senior Emily Tudor had 25 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior Logan Colvis recorded 18 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists.
Finally, junior Abby Myers had 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three steals.
"I had several other coaches and spectators compliment the girls about the way they played," Knowles said. "Every game somebody stepped up and helped us to win.
"It might have been someone different each time but we played as a team and had success."
Against New Athens, Chester responded to an early 8-7 deficit with 19 points in the second quarter to take a 26-17 lead at halftime.
New Athens came out of the break and got scoring from eight different players for a 21-point showing in the third quarter.
Chester took a 42-38 into the fourth.
In the final quarter, Weir led the charge with eight points including two field goals for four points and 4-of-6 shooting from the free throw line for four points.
Tudor stepped up down the stretch with seven points from a three-pointer, a two-point field goal and 2-of-6 shooting from the charity stripe.
Abby Myers added three points on a field goal and 1-of-2 shooting from the free throw line. Finally, Destiny Williams made 1-of-2 free throw for Chester"s final point to close the game.
In the championship game, Weir stepped up to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets (9-7) with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and seven steals.
Williams had 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Tudor recorded 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
• Wesclin 52, Chester 41
The Jackets trailed by four points, 10-6, after one quarter of play and 30-20 at halftime. In the third quarter the Jackets outscored Wesclin, 13-11, to pull within eight points, but Wesclin outscored Chester 11-8 in the fourth.
Destiny Williams led the Jackets in scoring with 15 points followed by Emily Tudor (9), Carlee Weir (7), Abby Myers (4), Logan Colvis (3) and Kaitlyn Dillow (3). Kaitlyn Dillow led in rebounding with four boards while Destiny Williams led in assists with four and steals with three.
"I was proud of the girls," said Chester coach Pat Knowles. "In spite of the loss we had some girls step up and make some really good plays and we competed right up to the end."
• Chester 54, Steeleville 52
Chester faced Randolph County foe Steeleville in the second game in a fight to the finish.
Chester held a 31-26 lead at halftime, but Steeleville outscored Chester 17-10 in the third to take a 43-41 into the fourth.
Chester lit up the sky from 3-point range in the final session and knocked down three treys to keep Steeleville at bay. Junior Carlee Weir and freshman Destiny Williams combined for 13 points to outscore the Lady Warriors 13-9 down the stretch.
Chester had three players score in double figures as Williams (23), Weir (17) and Kaitlyn Dillow combined for 50 of Chester"s 54 points.
Seniors Emily Tudor (3) and Logan Colvis (1) added the final four points in the win.
• Chester 54, Piasa SW 43
In the consolation semifinals, Chester faced Piasa Southwestern. Piasa came into the tournament as the No. 14 seed.
The game was tied 11-11 after the first quarter, but Chester took a 27-22 lead into the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the Lady Yellow Jackets outscored Piasa 17-9 to lead 44-31 heading into the fourth.
Chester"s leading scorer was Destiny Williams with 20 points followed by Kaitlyn Dillow (12), Logan Colvis (8), Carlee Weir (7), Abby Myers (5) and Emily Tudor (2).