The Chester High School Lady Jackets lost two out of three games the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 1, but Coach Pat Knowles said overall her girls had a solid week.
"We played very well against two of the best teams we will face this year," Knowles said. "We are young and will improve as the season progresses. I am proud of these girls. They are fun to watch!"
For the week Destiny Williams led all scoring with 41 points, followed by Reese Chandler (39), Josie Kattenbraker (31), Kendall Williams (17) and Alyssa Seymour (4).
Reese Chandler led in rebounding with 16, and steals with 4. Kendall Williams led in deflections with 7 and Destiny Williams led in assists with 4.
The Lady Jackets ended the week with an overall record of 6-3 and a Black Diamond Conference record of 0-2.
VIENNA 52, CHS 41
The Chester High School Lady Jackets opened Black Diamond Conference play Nov. 26 at Colbert Gymnasium on Rocky Bridges Court. The girls lost to the Vienna Lady Eagles 52-41, but the game was closer than the final score suggests.
The Lady Jackets led 25-22 at halftime and trailed by just five points after three quarters of play, 32-27. The fourth quarter featured furious back-to-back scoring, and CHS trailed by just 1 point, 42-41 with just 2:08 to play.
Down the final two minutes the Lady Jackets could not score and Vienna went on a 10-0 run, resulting in the loss.
CHS opened the game with a 12-9 first quarter lead, behind a pair of three-pointers by Reese Chandler and two free throws and a two-pointer by Josie Kattenbraker. Destiny Williams started the drive with an aggressive layup.
In the second quarter Kattenbraker and Chandler both hit treys and Kattenbraker and Alyssa Seymour connected with two-point field goals. Williams added 3-for-4 free throw shooting as the Lady Jackets matched the Lady Eagles with 13 points apiece. Chester led 25-22 at halftime.
The third quarter was disaster, as Vienna outscored the Jackets 13-2 to take a 32-27 lead. During that drought Destiny Williams was the only Lady Jacket to score and those two points were on free throws. Vienna, on the other hand, went on a 10-2 run.
The Jackets dug in and made a game of it in the fourth quarter. Reese Chandler hit a huge three-pointer to open the quarter and bring the Jackets within two points, 32-30. Vienna answered with a pair of free throws after which Destiny Williams struck back with a three-pointer at the 5:59.
Vienna attacked again with back-to-back field goals to grow their lead, 39-33, but Reese Chandler answered with her fifth three-pointer of the game to bring CHS within three, 39-36.
Destiny Williams took the ball to the hoop and was fouled, making both free throws. With just 3:45 to play, Chester was down by one, 39-38. The Eagles answered with a field goal to lead, 41-38.
Kattenbraker and Williams would each add free throws to give the hometown Jackets 41 points as Chester trailed by just one point, 42-41 with 2:08 remaining. But Vienna went on a 10-0 run in the last two minutes to seal the victory.
• Reese Chandler led the Chester scoring with 15 points, followed by Williams (14), Kattenbraker (10) and Alyssa Seymour (2). Chandler also led the team in rebounding with 5; plus one assist, one steal and one deflection. Vienna had four girls in double figures, with Alyssa Jones (12), Emma Rush and Haleigh Keeling (11 each) and Addison Bent (10). Emme Treat had (8).
CHS 47, GIBAULT 34
The next night, Nov. 27, was a different story. Playing in Waterloo, Chester led the Gibault Lady Hawks the whole game, and won going away, 47-34.
The Jackets opened the game outscoring Gibault 13-7 with a well-rounded offense: Destiny Williams (4); Kendall Williams (3); Kattenbraker, Chandler and Seymour (2 apiece).
In the second quarter CHS outscored the Hawks 12-9, to lead 25-16 at halftime. Kattenbraker led the charge with a three-pointer, a two-pointer and a free throw. Destiny Williams and Chandler each popped three-pointers to round out the first half.
After the break the Jackets kept up the momentum outscoring Gibault, 13-8 to lead 38-24 after three periods. Chandler lit up the gym with three three-pointers; Destiny Williams scored a two-point field goal and Josie Kattenbraker sank a pair of free throws.
Down the stretch Gibault went to work and outscored the Jackets 10-9, but it was too little, too late. In the fourth quarter Chester made 5 of 8 free throws and Chandler and Seymour each popped field goals to round out Chester's nine points.
• Reese Chandler had 16 points, followed by Kattenbraker (13), Destiny Williams (9), Kendall Williams (5) and Seymour (4). Chandler had six rebounds; Kendall Williams had four. Chester was 14-of-62 from the field (22 percent) and 8 of 14 from the free throw line (57 percent). For Gibault, Ashlyn Wightman scored 24 of the Hawks' 34 points; Bre Wirth had (4), Maddie Davis (3), Josie Hootre (2) and Alyssa Gritler (1).
SESSER-VALIER 52, CHS 40
The Lady Jackets concluded a three-game week at Sesser-Valier Dec. 1. Sesser is a perennial powerhouse, but the Jackets were competitive against the Lady Red Devils at the Sparta Tournament on Nov. 16 while losing by 12 points.
The first quarter of the rematch ended in a 10-10 tie. The Jackets had two points apiece from Destiny Williams, Josie Kattenbraker, Reese Chandler, Kendall Williams and Alyssa Seymour.
The second quarter was likewise nip-and-tuck with the Red Devils scoring 13 points and the Lady Jackets scoring 12. Destiny Williams had 8 of those points on a three-pointer, two field goals and a free throw. Kattenbraker and Kendall Williams added two points apiece on field goals. At halftime, Sesser led Chester 23-22.
In the third quarter the Lady Red Devils edged the Lady Jackets again 1 point, and finished the quarter 13-12. Destiny Williams and Kendall Williams each scored six points apiece. Sesser led, 34-36 after three quarters of play.
The fourth quarter again started out fairly competitively, but down the stretch Chester had to foul and the Red Devils made 6-of-6 free throws to seal the deal.
• Destiny Williams had 18 points; Kendall Williams added 12 with Kattenbraker (4), Chandler (4) and Seymour (2) rounding out the Chester offense. Destiny Williams led in rebounding with six boards, followed by Chandler (5), Kendall Williams (3), Seymour (2), Kattenbraker (2) and Kailyn Absher (1). Destiny Williams dished out four assists and added three deflections, a steal and a blocked shot.