by Wendy Whitworth
Lady Jacket Basketball
The Lady Jacket's offense had a hard time getting on track in the first period of the game against the Goodrich Lady Hornets Tuesday, January 7. The end of the first period score of 18-6 looked as if the Goodrich Lady Hornets would take control of the game. Defense was the strategy of the night for the Lady Jackets as they were able to overcome a slow offensive start. By the middle of the second period, the Lady Jackets had made their comeback to tie the score 20-20. When the Lady Jackets came back to the game in the third quarter they continued to increase their score as they shut down the Lady Hornets putting themselves ahead, 39-32. The game came to an end as the Lady Jackets held the Lady Hornets until the final buzzer to take the win 52-44. "This is the best game the Lady Jackets have played this far," said Coach Hall. The lead scorers for the Lady Jackets were Laken Read with 15 points, Timber Wright with 12 points, Tyra Adair with eight points, Kyrstin Jobe with seven points, Maddie Read with six points, and Destiny Kuehn and Jaci Davis with two points each. The Lady Jackets didn't stop after Tuesday night. They continued to dominate in district play with their record now at 5-1, with a win against the Spurger Lady Pirates. The Lady Jackets started out on top by ending the first quarter 14-4. The Lady Jackets kept up their hustle and then rounded out the half 28-18. The Lady Jackets kept the momentum going to push through for a win. The Lady Jackets routed the Spurger Lady Pirates 52-33.
The Yellowjacket offensive strategy worked to perfection on Tuesday night, when the Jackets pulled a 74-21 win over the Goodrich Hornets. The boys came out confident about the game, and were ready to play. The jump ball went up and JJ Cowan got the tip of to Kris Kuehn as he scored the first of many Yellowjacket points. The Yellowjackets continued to call the shots both offensively and defensively to dominate the ball game. Cord Neal and Colten Martin led a balanced Yellowjacket attack to break open the game. Neal led the Yellowjackets with 31 points, Martin with 14 points, Kuehn with 10 points, Carlos Berry with six points, Cowan had five points, and Levi Watts and Clay Thomson both with four points. "The guys played really well. We scored the most points that we have scored in a long time here in Chester and I was pleased with our shot selection. We can always play better on defense, but we are young and a lot of those mistakes were based on inexperience. We also played a lot of man defense which is something that we do not do a lot, but the match ups were in our favor. The seniors that played tonight had not gotten a win in their senior careers, but tonight that drought ended and I am happy for them that they got to experience a victory. We look forward to many more in the future," commented Coach Fudge. The Yellowjackets fell to Spurger 60-17 on Friday, January 10.
The Lady Jackets and Yellowjackets face Beaumont Legacy on January 17 and Premier Academy on January 21.
Chester Fishing Team
The Chester fishing team placed third in the Toledo Bend fishing tournament this past Saturday. There were a total of 51 teams that fished the windy waters of Toledo Bend. Anglers Keaton Whitworth and Cody Riley caught four fish for a total weight of 7.26 pounds. Their next tournament will be on February 1 on Lake Sam Rayburn.
The Chester Athletic Booster Club will host their annual faculty versus alumni basketball game and wild game supper on Saturday, January 18. The game will begin at 4 p.m. All graduates of Chester ISD are invited to play. Player entry fee is only $10.00 and gate fee is only $1.00 per person. A silent auction will be held during the wild game supper. Several items will be up for bid such as an iPad Mini, Xbox 360 game console, fish fryer, and many other great items. All proceeds help with the purchase of new uniforms.