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Sports Week of February 8, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Smith's three-pointer lifts Yellow Jackets to dramatic 37-35 win over Christopher

With a win Tuesday night in Daniel Colbert Gym, the Christopher Bearcats would have claimed the West Division crown in the Black Diamond Conference.

Sorry Christopher, not in our house.

The Bearcats' high powered offense was slowed down by an excellent game plan from Chester coach Brad Norman and executed perfectly by his Yellow Jacket basketball players.

The end result? A dramatic 37-35 win over a very good Christopher team.

Savion Smith hit, what proved to be, the game winner with :03.1 second left with a three pointer. The Bearcats had one final chance but Hunter Wheeler fumbled the ball near the Christopher basket as the horn sounded.

The student section rushed onto the floor to help the Yellow Jackets the big conference win which keeps Chester in the conference race.

Chester (17-7, 5-2) will host Trico Saturday night in another big BDC West Division showdown. Varsity game time is around 7:45pm.

The Yellow Jackets won the opening tip and set the tempo of the game early. Despite chants of "boring" and cry to shoot the ball, Chester chewed almost four minutes off the opening clock in a very patient flex offense.

Some older Christopher fans might have had flashbacks to the late 80s and 90s when they did the exact same thing and would win games by scoring only in the low 20s.

Christopher led 7-5 after the first quarter and took a 14-11 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The tempo picked up in the second half as Chester outscored the Bearcats 11-10 but still trailed 24-22 heading to the fourth.

After a missed free throw from Christopher, Chester's Jason Schwartz fired off a three-pointer which was no good but the rebound was knocked out of bounds by Christopher with just :15 seconds left.

Following a Chester timeout, the Yellow Jackets in-bounded the ball underneath their own basket. An off-balanced jumper in the lane from Schwartz was no good but he got his own rebound. The ball was worked to Smith who nailed the three pointer from the right wing which proved to be the game winner for the Yellow Jackets.

Schwartz finished with a game high 13 points, the only Yellow Jacket to reach double-digit scoring in a well balanced attack. Smith finished with seven points while Jack Weir tossed in six.

Jake Golding (4), Austin Carpenter (3), Demontae Martin (2) and Drake Bollman (2) also scored for Chester in the win.

Christopher (19-3, 7-1) was led by the 11-point performance from Brad Young. Kaeleb Pedigo tossed in 10 while Josh Calloni ended with eight points.

JV Yellow Jackets win fifth in a row with 63-31 rout of Christopher

The Chester Yellow Jacket JV team won their fifth game in a row Tuesday night with a 63-31 rout of Christopher in Daniel Colbert Gym.

Chester (9-7, 5-2) will host Trico Saturday night at 6:15pm.

The Bearcats led 17-13 after the first quarter but Chester took control in the second. The Yellow Jackets outscored Christopher 19-3 to take a 32-20 lead to the locker room at the intermission.

Chester led 48-28 heading to the fourth after outscoring the Bearcats 16-8 in the third.

Drake Bollman led Chester with a game high 19 points while Jake Haberberger tossed in 11 points. Jakob Cushman finished with eight points while Josh Haberberger and Clay Herrell each had six points.

Curt Meyer (4), Bay Modglin (4), Colin Wingerter (3) and Mason Westerman (2) also scored for the JV in the win.

Chester also won the freshman game as Jakob Cushman hit a three-pointer with :07.7 left to lead the young Yellow Jackets to a 33-30 win over the Bearcats.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket hoops season ends with quarterfinal loss to Anna Jonesboro 61-31

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket basketball season came to an end Monday night in the opening round of the Vienna Class 2A regional.

Chester fell to Anna Jonesboro 61-31 to end their season with a record of 12-12.

AJ led 19-11 after the first quarter but then took control for good in the second. The Lady Wildcats outscored Chester 28-8 to built a commanding 47-19 lead at the intermission.

AJ led 54-27 heading to the fourth.

Alexis McMath led Chester with nine points while Kaitlyn Dillow finished with six points and Maddie Hoffman tossed in five points.

Lauren Welge finished with three points while Logan Colvis, Emily Tudor, Carlee Weir and Kaitlyn Hoffman each had two points.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Strong second half helps Yellow Jackets to 69-48 win over Valmeyer

A win is a win no matter how ugly it is.

Saturday night's game with Valmeyer started out ugly but the Yellow Jackets found a way to get the job done and pick up a win.

The Yellow Jackets erupted for 21 third-quarter points Saturday night to pull away from Valmeyer (4-18) and beat the Pirates 69-48.

As a matter of fact, the Yellow Jackets scored 42 points in the second half after scoring 27 in the first.

Chester (16-7) will host Christopher Tuesday in a big BDC West Division showdown. Game time is 7:45pm.

It appeared the Yellow Jackets were going to run away with this game early as they opened on a 9-0 run. Valmeyer scored their first bucket, a three-pointer from Michael Chism, with 4:27 left in the first quarter.

Chester led 13-5 after the first eight minutes.

But the Pirates wouldn't go away in the first half. Valmeyer was within two-points, 23-21, before Chester scored the final four points of the half to take a 27-21 lead at the intermission.

The second half belonged to the Yellow Jackets.

Jake Golding and Savion Smith combined for 15 of Chester's 21 points in the third quarter as finally the inside shots started to drop for the Yellow Jackets. Chester took a 48-33 lead heading to the fourth.

In the final eight minutes, the Yellow Jackets outscored Valmeyer 21-15 thanks in part to two three-pointers from Austin Carpenter.

Coach Brad Norman was able to almost clear the bench in the game's closing minutes as the Yellow Jackets went on to the 69-48 win.

Unofficially, Jack Weir led Chester with 15 points while Jake Golding finished with 14 points. Savion Smith and Austin Carpenter each had 12 points.

Demontae Martin (4) and Drake Bollman (1) also scored for Chester in the win.

The Pirates were led by the 17 point, game-high performance of Michael Chism. Drake Hicks and Vaughn Larsen each had 11 points.

JV Yellow Jackets use strong first half to beat Valmeyer 51-27

At time resembling a football game, the Chester Yellow Jacket JV team used a strong first half to frustrate Valmeyer en route to a 51-27 win over the Pirates.

Now 8-7 on the season, the JV team returns to action Tuesday night for a home BDC West matchup against Christopher. Game time is 6:15pm.

Using a balanced attack, Chester jumped out to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The Yellow Jackets built a 30-18 lead at the intermission.

Chester outscored Valmeyer 15-3 in the third quarter thanks to eight points from Nick Heffernan.

Heffernan led Chester with a game high 15 points. Colin Wingerter and Drake Bollman each had nine points while Clay Herrell finished with five points.

Curt Meyer (4), Jakob Cushman (3), Jake Haberberger (3), Josh Haberberger (2) and Trent Doiron (1) also scored for Chester in the win.