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CHS Lady Jackets close out regular season 2-1; head for regionals

  • Chester's Kailyn Absher (25) (right) and Trico's Rayahna Foutch offer each other assistance after they both dove for a loose ball on Jan. 31.

    Chester's Kailyn Absher (25) (right) and Trico's Rayahna Foutch offer each other assistance after they both dove for a loose ball on Jan. 31.
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  • Destiny Williams eyes the basket early in the first quarter of the CHS vs Christopher game on Jan. 28. 

    Destiny Williams eyes the basket early in the first quarter of the CHS vs Christopher game on Jan. 28. 
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By Jim Beers
Contributing writer
updated: 2/6/2019 5:36 PM

The Chester High School Lady Jackets basketball team closed out its 2018-2019 regular season with a busy three game series. They closed the regular season at 17-14, and 3-17 in the Black Diamond Conference.

CHS 57; Christopher 56

On Jan. 9 the Bearcats handed Chester a tough 59-43 loss and the Lady Jackets were in the mood for some payback.

They got it on Jan. 28 when Destiny Williams hit a field goal with just 4.6 seconds to play, sealing the one-point victory.

The Jackets held a narrow 14-10 lead after the first quarter. They had opened the game with a 4-0 run on Alyssa Seymour's two-foot jumper and Destiny Williams' two free throws.

Another 7-0 CHS run extended the lead to 12-5 with 3:51 left in the first. The Bearcats had a nice 5-2 run of their own to close out the quarter.

Christopher's Kassie O'Brien grabbed a rebound and drove hard to the basket to score at the buzzer, closing the gap to 14-10.

The Jackets opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run in the first four minutes. Andrea Miller then scored for Christopher. Chester led 17-14 when Destiny Williams hit a jumper for two points and Kendall Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back for two. Chester led, 23-16.

Andrea Miller hit a basket to bring Christopher within five points, 23-18, with 1:59 left in the second quarter. Kendall Williams and Reese Chandler scored for CHS, while Miller and Alexis Parks scored for Christopher. The Jackets led, 27-22 at halftime.

The third quarter was all Destiny Williams (6) and Alyssa Seymour (9). But Christopher also had a good quarter, outscoring Chester 17-15 to pull within three points, 42-39 after three.

The Bearcats were led during that run by Savannah Sherman and Courtney Hoppers who scored five points apiece. Rebecca Hanson also hit a trey and Miller added four points on a pair of two-pointers.

The Bearcats got their first lead of the game at the 5:36 mark when Andrea Miller hit a 3-pointer. Christopher held the lead most of the rest of the quarter until Chester's Destiny Williams drove hard to the basket with .18 seconds left to take back the Yellow Jacket lead, 40-39. Williams then drained a pair of free throws.

Christopher started the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run. Rebecca Henson scored five of those seven points on a field goal and a 3-pointer and Christopher led, 46-42.

Chester's Reese Chandler hit a three of her own to bring CHS to within a point, and Coach Pat Knowles called a time out to regroup. Coming back, Destiny Williams drained a trey to retake the lead for Chester, 48-46 at the 4:06 mark.

Lady Bearcat Courtney Hoppers tied the game with 3:50 left, but Destiny Williams hit a two-pointer at 3:21 and Chester led, 50-48.

Just five seconds later Andrea Miller tied the game again at 50-50, and hit another basket at the 1:46 point. She was fouled on the shot and hit her free throw to pad the lead to 53-50.

Chester's Reese Chandler tied the game with a 3-pointer.

Christopher's Rebecca Henson was fouled attempting a shot. She hit one of two from the line, giving Christopher a 1-point lead, 54-53.

With the clock running down, Kendall Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in the basket. The Lady Jackets were back in front, 55-54 lead.

Christopher Head Coach Seiger Shurtz called a time out and designed a play with 27 seconds left. Courtney Hoppers connected for a field goal with just 15 seconds to play.

With the clock ticking down, Chester got the ball inbounded and into the hands of Destiny Williams. She drove to the left side, made a hard cut to the basket, pulled up and hit a five-footer with 4.6 seconds to play. CHS lead, 57-56.

With 4.6 seconds remaining, the Bearcats got the ball in bounds and drove past the half court line. Destiny Williams bumped the Christopher player with the ball out of bounds with 2.4 seconds left. It wasn't a shooting foul, but the Bearcats got the ball back.

The Yellow Jacket defense swarmed the ball and the Lady Bearcats could not get a good shot off. In desperation Christopher threw up a prayer, but the ball didn't even hit the backboard.

Destiny Williams led the Jackets with 23 points followed by Alyssa Seymour (14), Reese Chandler (12), Kendall Williams (6), and Josie Kattenbraker (2). The Lady Jackets shot 80 percent from the free throw line and 41 percent from the field.

The Jackets outrebounded Christopher 36-34 led by Alyssa Seymour with 17 boards. Reese Chandler had three assists to lead the team and Kendall Williams had two steals. Josie Kattenbraker had four loose ball recoveries.

Christopher was led offensively by Andrea Miller (15), Courtney Hoppers (15), Rebecca Henson (10), and Savannah Sherman (10). Other scorers were Jayla Williams (2), Kassie O'Bryan (2), and Alexis Parks (2). The Bearcats shot 57 percent from the free throw line.

CHS 65; Trico 36

The Lady Jackets hosted Trico in a BDC matchup on Jan. 31.

Trico drew first blood when Megan Wettig hit a three-pointer in the opening 20 seconds. Destiny Williams responded with a quick field goal, and Chester completed an 8-3 run to tie the game at 8-8 at 3:19. Another 9-0 run gave the Lady Jackets a 17-8 lead at the 1:21 mark. Trico's Wettig popped a three-pointer with 59 seconds left, but Chester would answer with final 6-2 run to lead 23-10 after one quarter.

CHS had a 16-2 run to open the second quarter. Rhegan Zepeda had a field goal for Trico to pull them within 25 points, 39-14 at 2:42. Reese Chandler connected for a 3-pointer at 2:28 to extend the Chester lead to 28 points, 42-14.

In the final 1:58 Trico would outscore Chester 7-2, but the Jackets still enjoyed a comfortable 44-21 lead. During that last 1:58 Chester Coach Pat Knowles used his bench including Kailyn Absher, Peyton Clendenin and Audrey Hopper. Reese Chandler hit a two-pointer with 12 seconds left. As the clock ran out CHS led, 44-21.

In the third quarter the Lady Jackets outscored Trico 17-6 to lead 61-27 after the third period. During that run Destiny Williams made four field goals and went 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Kendall Williams scored four points, Josie Kattenbraker made a field goal and Audrey Hopper was 1-for-2 from the charity stripe.

The entire fourth quarter featured Chester's bench, including Maria Nickle, Peyton Clendenin, Kailyn Absher, Audrey Hopper and Ally Rowold. Absher got a field goal and Hopper had two from the free throw line. The mercy rule kicked in for the fourth quarter.

For the night Chester was 12-for-16 from the line and they shot 58 percent from the field.

Chester was led by Destiny Williams with 30 points in less than three quarters. She shot 75 percent from the field and was 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

Kendal Williams scored 12 points, and shot 56 percent from the field. Other offensive contributors were Josie Kattenbraker (8), Reese Chandler (5), Alyssa Seymour (5), Audrey Hopper (3), and Kailyn Absher (2).

Trico was led by Megan Wettig who had 12 points, followed by Myah Kelley (9), Rhegan Zepeda (6), Rayahna Foutch (4), Haylee Wolters (3), and Karlee Snider (2).

Vienna 68; CHS 57

The Lady Jackets led 14-12 after one quarter of play, with Destiny Williams pacing the Jackets by scoring four times. Kendall Williams added five points and Josie Kattenbraker sank a free throw.

The second quarter saw Vienna outscore Chester, 16-13 to take a one point halftime lead, 28-27. Kendall Williams was the go-to girl in the second period as she made a field goal and sank 4-of-5 free throws. Destiny Williams drained a three-pointer and hit a free throw while Reese Chandler made a field goal. Rounding out the CHS offense was Peyton Clendenin who hit a free throw.

Coach Pat Knowles liked what he saw. He noted that Vienna is a ranked team, "and we played with them the first half to within one point.

"I am proud of our girls and it is great to see these young players hold their own against good teams."

After halftime both teams came out fighting, but Vienna took the quarter, 19-17 and led 47-44 after three quarters. In the third, Destiny Williams led the team with three field goals followed by Kendall Williams with five points Reese Chandler hit a 3-pointer and Alyssa Seymour connected for a field goal and a free throw.

"After three quarters we still only trailed by three points," Knowles said. "Then it happened."

What happened was some missed shots in the fourth quarter. The Lady Jackets had to start fouling to stop the clock, and the Lady Eagles pulled comfortably ahead. Vienna outscored the Lady Jackets 21-13 down the stretch, despite Destiny Williams hitting a 3-pointer and a field goal for five points. Reese Chandler contributed a 3-pointer and Kendall Williams hit a two-pointer. Josie Kattebraker made 3-of-4 free throws to complete the Jacket's 13-point effort.

For the game Destiny Williams paced all Chester players with 23 points. Kendall Williams had 18, Chandler (8), Josie Kattenbraker (4), Alyssa Seymour (3) and Peyton Clendenin (1). In the loss, CHS shot 63 percent from the free throw line but only 33 percent from the field.

Alyssa Seymour grabbed eight rebounds and Chandler and Kattenbraker each had five. Destiny Williams had four assists and six steals; Alyssa Seymour had four deflections and Kendall Williams led in loose ball recoveries with two.