The Chester Lady Jackets went 3-1 in the Lebanon holiday tournament, good enough for 5th place among 16 tough teams.
The Lady Jackets were seeded 3rd. Father McGivney of Glen Carbon was seeded 1st and Greenville 2nd. The rest of the field was Christ Our Rock (4th), Columbia (5th), Marissa (6th), Red Bud (7th), New Athens (8th), Gibault (9th), Gateway Legacy (10th), Wesclin (11th), Dupo (12th), Sparta (13th), Carlyle (14th), Steeleville (15th) and Greeneville JV (16th).
Chester breezed past Carlyle in the opening round, 57-29, and advanced in the Championship Bracket to face Marissa in the second round. The Lady Meteors slipped past CHS, 35-29, sending the Lady Jackets to the 5th place bracket.
Chester next battled Gateway Legacy to win a close, hard-fought contest, 49-44. With that win, the Jackets advanced to play Gibault for the 5th place trophy, which they won, 46-42.
Chester's Destiny Williams was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
CHS 57; Carlyle 29
Chester dominated Carlyle throughout, leading 22-9 after the first quarter and 33-17 at halftime. In the third period the Jackets outscored Carlyle, 20-6, to lead 53-23 going into the final quarter. In the final 8 minutes Carlyle actually outscored Chester, 6-4, but it was too little, too late.
Game statsChester scoring: Josie Kattenbraker (13) and Alyssa Seymour (10) led the Chester scoring; with Destiny Williams (9), Reese Chandler (8), Trinity Brown (5), Peyton Clendenin (4), and Camryn Howie, Kendall Williams, Audrey Hopper, and Ashlyn Colvis with two points apiece.
Reese Chandler led the team in rebounds with nine. Destiny Williams, Alyssa Seymour and Trinity Brown each had two assists. Destiny Williams led in steals with seven, and Josie Kattenbraker had 4 deflections.
Carlyle scoring: Molly Diekemper (19), Ashlyn Weh (7), and Jaelyn Koelmel (3).
Marissa 35; CHS 29
Against the 6th-seeded Marissa Lady Meteors, the Lady Jackets led throughout the first three quarters on Dec. 27, opening with a 14-5 first quarter. Trinity Brown had seven points, followed by Alyssa Seymour (3), Destiny Williams (2), and Kendall Williams (2).
The second quarter was a bust, and Marissa outscored CHS, 6-3, but the Jackets went into the locker room with a 17-11 halftime lead.
The third quarter continued to go south as Marissa outscored Chester, 14-9, shrinking the Jacket lead to 1 point, 26-25, going into the fourth quarter.
Things got worse in the fourth, when Marissa held the Jackets bucketless and outscored Chester, 10-3 to take the win.
Game statsChester highlights: Trinity Brown led with 14 points, plus seven rebounds, three steals and two deflections. Destiny Williams followed with seven points, one rebound, three assists, two steals and three deflections.
Marissa highlights: The Meteors were led by Bree Portz with 14 points, followed by Emily Smith (10), Grace Middendorf (6), Hailey Krause (3), and Olivia Quigley (2).
CHS 49; Gateway Legacy, 44
The Jackets now set out to bring home the 5th place trophy by winning the next two games. First up was No. 10 Gateway Legacy Christian Academy of Glen Carbon.
The Lady Jackets led 13-9 after one quarter. Trinity Brown, Josie Kattenbraker and Reese Chandler each hit three-pointers and Kendall Williams had a field goal and a pair of free throws.
In the second quarter, Williams stayed hot, sinking two field goals and another pair of free throws to pace the Jackets.
After halftime, Destiny Williams came alive for the Jackets, making a trey and a field goal to get things started. Chandler, Seymour and Kendall Williams added field goals of their own as Chester outscored Gateway, 14-12, to lead, 37-34.
In the closing quarter, it was a free throw exhibition for the Jackets as CHS made 10 of 18 (55%) down the stretch. Chester would only make one field goal in the fourth period to give them a 12-10 advantage and the win.
Game statsChester scoring: The Jackets were led by Kendall Williams with 12 points and Reese Chandler with 10, followed by Destiny Williams (9), Trinity Brown (8), Alyssa Seymour (7), and Josie Kattenbraker (3).
Chandler led in rebounds with five. Destiny Williams and Reese Chandler each had two assists apiece.
Alyssa Seymour had four steals and Destiny Williams had four deflections.
Gateway Legacy scoring: The Lions were led by Carolina Rojas with 12 points, followed by Nijah Moore (9), Micaiah Johnson (7), Jayla Kirksey (6), and Shaili Betts (4).
CHS 46; Gibault, 42
After taking Sunday as a day of rest, the Lebanon Tournament resumes on Monday, Dec. 30. The Jackets made their fourth trip to Lebanon in five days to face No. 9 Gibault to vie for the 5th place trophy.
Just 27 days earlier, on Dec. 3, the Jackets clobbered the Lady Hawks at Colbert Gym in Chester, 66-36.
At Lebanon, however, Gibault came to play. CHS came out with a 12-8 first quarter behind the play of senior Destiny Williams who made two field goals, a three-pointer and a free throw to pace the Jackets with eight points. Reese Chandler and Alyssa Seymour added field goals to round out the 12-point attack.
The second quarter was a nail-biter with the Hawks outscoring the Jackets 9-8. Reese Chandler drained a three ball for Chester and Trinity Brown put in a basket. Kailyn Absher contributed three points on a field goal and a free throw and Chester led by three points, 20-17, at halftime.
The second half proved to be close and furious as Chester maintained a slim 1-point lead, 30-29, after three quarters of play.
The Lady Jackets buckled down in the final period and outscored the Lady Hawks, 16-13 to secure the victory.
Game statsChester highlights: Destiny Williams led the attack with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, three deflections and one block. Trinity Brown was close behind with 12 points, one rebound, and one deflection.
Other CHS contributors were Alyssa Seymour with seven points, nine rebounds, and one steal. Reese Chandler added five points, seven rebounds, and one steal.
Gibault highlights: The Hawks were led by Ashlyn Wightman with 14 points, followed by Emma Blaskiewicz (9), Maddie Davis (8), Melissa Bernal (6) and Amanda Grither (5).