by Jana Rayburn
The varsity boys basketball teams traveled to Centerville on Tuesday, January 3 to take on the Bulldogs in their second district game.
The Jackets came out ready to play, and kept the lead the entire game. The boys played aggressively, and three starters fouled out before the end of the game. The Jackets ended up winning 66-61.
Cord Neal had 28 points, and Dane Barnes was right behind him with 24 points. Seth Read had eight points and Colten Martin added six points.
The varsity girls basketball team did not fare so well against Centerville. The Lady Jackets got off to a slow start and never recovered, falling to the Lady Bulldogs 22-52. Chester just couldn't get their shots to fall, hitting just 10 percent of field goals for the night. The Lady Jackets did improve on rebounding the ball, pulling down 34 rebounds.
Carmen Mahaffey had 10 points, Danique Davis added seven points, Cayla Greer had four points, and Haley Cowan chipped in with a free throw.
On Friday, December 16, both the girls and boys teams hosted the Martinsville Pirates in a pair of district games.
The Lady Jackets met up with a disciplined Lady Pirate team. The Lady Jackets just couldn't get it together, as bad passes and turnovers were a problem all night long. The Jackets played a solid game defensively during the first half, but just ran out of steam in the second half. The Jackets ended up losing to the Pirates 3-48, with Annie Rayburn getting a 3-pointer for the only bucket of the night. The Lady Jackets are now 1-4 in district.
The varsity boys hit the court next for one of their best games of the season. Defensively, the boys played great, getting more rebounds than they have all year. Neal was the high scorer with 18 points, followed by Barnes with 13 points. Martin score 10 points, and both Read and Jaqualin George each scored eight points. The Jackets are 2-1 so far in district.
Both the boys and girls teams will play in Burkeville on Tuesday, January 17 with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys game to follow at around 7:30 p.m.