by Wendy Whitworth
Lady Jacket Basketball
The Chester Lady Jackets fell to the number 17 state ranked Leggett Lady Pirates in a close battle Thursday, January 31. Tyra Adair and Kyrstin Jobe both had stellar defensive games holding Leggett's top scorers well below their usual points per game averages. The final score for this game was 63-50. Chester was led in scoring by Timber Wright who finished with 24 points. Laken Read added in another 10 points for the Lady Jackets. Other scorers for Chester were Jaci Davis with six points, Maddie Read and Adair with four points, and Jobe with two points."I am very pleased with our girls' effort against Leggett. We knew it would be a tough battle and we took it to one of the best teams in the state," said Coach Hall.
The Lady Jackets lost a heartbreaker to the Goodrich Lady Hornets on Friday night. The loss put the Lady Jackets and the Lady Hornets in a tie for second place in the district. The Lady Jackets were able to keep the first quarter in their favor, dominating the score 13-6. The second quarter was a back and forth affair. The Lady Jackets were able to keep their lead as the half ended. The Goodrich Lady Hornets used an efficient attack to pull away from the Chester Lady Jackets in the third quarter of the game. A fourth quarter comeback looked hopeful as the Lady Jackets made a 14-9 run. Unfortunately this wasn't enough to take the lead. The Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Hornets 52-50. Wright led the way for Chester with 24 points, Read chipped in with nine points, and Jobe finished with five points. Destiny Kuehn and Laken Read had four points apiece and Davis and Adair added two points each.
The Chester Yellowjackets fell to the Leggett Pirates 102 – 27, Thursday, January 31. Cord Neal led the Yellowjackets with nine points, followed by Colten Martin and Carlos Berry each with six points and J.J. Cowan and Kris Kuehn each with two points. "Colten Martin was amazing inside tonight. The young man is under 6 foot, but goes inside and throws his body around with the big guys in the middle and works to get the rebound, offensively, or defensively," commented Coach Fudge.
A dominant defensive performance led the Yellowjackets to a 66-32 win over the Goodrich Hornets Friday night. The Yellowjackets blew it open early to dominate the Hornets. Clay Thomson was a key defensive player obtaining several rebounds that kept the Yellowjackets in control of the ball. Scorers for the Yellowjackets were Neal with 27 points, Kuehn with 12 points, Martin scored 11 points, Berry had eight points, Levi Watts had four points and Cowan with two points.
"I want to highlight the play of Clay Thomson. He works hard on the defensive end, always working to get rebounds. He hustles all the time and does more than what he is asked to do," said Coach Fudge.
Chester's fishing team of Keaton Whitworth and Cody Riley placed fifteenth in the February 1 tournament on Sam Rayburn Lake. There were approximately 250 teams that participated in the tournament. The anglers weighed in four fish for a total of 9.18 pounds." Fishing wasn't the best, but in all it wasn't bad since we were able to weigh in four fish. The fish were biting from 6:45am to about 9:00am then they just quit biting. Then right up to when we were about to head off of the lake at about 1:00 p.m., I hung the last fish of the day," comments Keaton Whitworth.
Friday, February 7, the Yellowjackets will face High Island at 6:00 p.m. in Chester and the Lady Jackets will play in Burkeville at 5:00 p.m.