The Chester Lady Jackets improved to 17-4 overall and 3-2 in the Black Diamond Conference with back-to-back wins the week of Jan. 13-18.
With the wins the Lady Jackets completed a 7-game winning streak.
Coach Pat Knowles said, "We did some good things today and we also did some bad things. We still have some work to do to prepare for next week at the Carbondale Tournament, but I am naturally happy with the win and our seven-game winning streak."
CHS 68; Goreville, 60
At Goreville it was a close, competitive game in which the Lady Jackets led, 23-19 after the first quarter, but the Blackcats tied the game 32-32 by halftime.
Chester's Kendall Williams drove the Jackets in the first quarter with 13 of Chester's 23 points right out of the gate. Williams sank a three-pointer, made four field goals and was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
Destiny Williams was also key, with a huge three-pointer and perfect 2-for-2 free throw shooting. Reese Chandler added a trey and Trinity Brown contributed two points to complete the 23-point effort.
In the second quarter the Lady Jackets cooled down and allowed Goreville to outscore them 13-9. Kendall Williams and Reese Chandler each drained three-pointers and Destiny Williams scored three points on a field goal and 1-of-2 free throw shooting.
Goreville was paced by K. Bernard (7), M. Kwiatkowski (3), K. Ray (8), J. Westerfield (5) and P. Sopezak (9) in the first half. The score was tied, 32-32 at halftime.
After the popcorn break the Lady Jackets went back to work. Destiny Williams scored six points on back-to-back field goals and perfect 2-for-2 free throw shooting. Reese Chandler drained another three ball and added a traditional two-point field goal. Kailyn Absher came off the bench and made a basket and Trinity Brown added another two points giving Chester 15 points.
In the third period Goreville added another 11 points on perfect 4-for-4 free throw shooting, a trey by K. Ray, and field goals by K. Bernard and J. Westerfield giving the Blackcats an additional 11 points. Chester led, by three points, 47-43, after three quarters of play.
Down the stretch Chester's upper classmen, Destiny Williams, Trinity Brown, Kendall Williams, and Reese Chandler sealed the game combining for 21 points.
Destiny Williams added 11 points on three field goals and 5-of-8 free throws. Trinity Brown made 2-of-4 free throws. Kendall Williams made a field goal and drained all four of her visits to the free-throw line and Reese Chandler was perfect from the charity stripe making both of her attempts.
The Cats scored 17 points in a brave effort, 11 of which came from J. Westerfield. K. Bernard added four and K. Ray sank one field goal. At the final buzzer Chester led, 68-60 for the win.
In the win the Lady Jackets were led by Destiny Williams with 25, Kendall Williams (22) and Reese Chandler (13). Trinity Brown added 6 points and Kailyn Absher contributed two.
From the line the Lady Jackets made 20-of-29 free throws (60.68%). From the field CHS shot 30.9% (22-of-71). Kendall Williams was 7 for 12 (58%) and Destiny Williams was 7-of 16 (43%). Reese Chandler (6) and Alyssa Seymour (5) led the team in rebounding. Reese Chandler and Destiny Williams led in assists with two apiece. Trinity Brown led in steals with three and Alyssa Seymour blocked one shot.
Goreville was paced by P. Sopezak who scored 22 points, followed by K. Bernard (13), K. Ray (13), J. Westerfield (7), M. Kwiatkowski (3), and A. King (2).
For the season Chester split with Goreville, losing at home Dec. 21 at home, 58-53. With the win over the Blackcats, the Lady Jackets completed a six-game winning streak dating back to Dec. 28 when CHS beat Gateway Legacy in the Lebanon Tournament.
Chester 65; Christopher 32
The Jackets hosted the Bearcats Jan. 18 at Colbert Gym in another Black Diamond Conference matchup.
The Jackets led 16-5 after one quarter. Destiny Williams drained a three-pointer to kick things off. Christopher answered with a field goal and the score was 3-2 at 4:48. It was a quarter of three's as Trinity Brown knocked down three treys getting Chester off to a 16-5 start.
The Jackets exploded in the second quarter with 25 points. The period began with back-to-back 3's by Reese Chandler. Chester led 22-5 at 6:50.
Kailyn Absher hit back-to-back shots for four points and Kendall Williams popped a three ball and a pair of two-pointers. Sophomore Alyssa Seymour got hot and connected for a pair of field goals. From the free-throw line Trinity Brown was a perfect 2-for-2.
The halftime score was 41-10, Chester. Christopher was paced by Shianne Dejear who scored seven of the Bearcats points. Tori Crain added two points and Jessica Gordon made a free throw.
Chester continued to be successful in the third quarter as Trinity Brown picked up where she left off in the first half knocking down a two-pointer in the opening minute of the second half.
Destiny Williams caught on fire in the third quarter scoring five times for a total of 11 points on a pair of three-pointers, a field goal, and 3-of-4 points from the free-throw line. One of Williams' three-pointers was a "buzzer-beater" to put a nail in Christopher's coffin as CHS led, 57-18 at the end of the third.
Coach Pat Knowles began substituting early in the fourth quarter to give some quality playing time to underclassmen. There was a continuous clock in the fourth quarter since Chester had a 30-point lead.
Josie Kattenbraker led the charge in the fourth quarter with a pair of field goals and some excellent defense. Kendall Williams knocked down a shot and Katie Shinabargar contributed two points on a field goal.
Christopher's Jessica Gordon went crazy in the fourth quarter scoring 10 points on two 3-pointers and two two-pointers. Tori Crain and Kassie O'Bryan each added two points apiece on field goals. The Bearcats outscored the Jackets, 14-8, down the stretch.
In the win, the Lady Jackets were led by Destiny Williams with 16 points, and who grabbed a rebound, dished out an assist, and had a steal, two deflections and one loose ball recovery. Trinity Brown had a breakout game, with 14 points and she led the team in rebounds with seven. She also recorded two assists and one deflection.
Kendall Williams scored 12 points grabbed two rebounds, dished out three assists and had a pair of steals. Reese Chandler added nine points, six boards, one assist, two steals and she led in deflections with four.
Other offensive contributors included Alyssa Seymour (4), Kailyn Absher (4), Josie Kattenbraker (4), and Katie Shinabargar (2).
Christopher had seven offensive contributors including Jessica Gordon (11), Shianne Dejear (7), Tori Crain (4), Emily VanHoorebeke (4), Kassie O'Bryan (2), McKensie Jackson (2), and Danielle Wilcox (2).