The Chester High School Lady Yellow Jackets had a tough challenge in the Lebanon Christmas tournament, falling to Columbia and Wesclin to bow out early.
Chester, as the No. 12 seed, was pitted against fifth-seed Columbia in their first game on December 26 and was defeated by a score of 70-34.
On the second day of the event, December 27, Chester played 13-seed Wesclin and was defeated by a score of 58-28, eliminating the Lady Yellow Jackets from the tournament.
Against Columbia, the Lady Eagles led 26-4 after the first quarter and 44-6 at halftime. Destiny Williams, Audrey Hopper, and Kendall Williams were the only Lady Yellow Jackets who managed to score during the first half.
Chester came alive in the third period and matched Columbia 17-17, but it was too late to make a huge difference at the Eagles still led the Lady Yellow Jackets 61-23 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was also Chester's to call its own as the Lady Yellow Jackets outscored the Lady Eagles, 11-9, on a 3-pointer by Kattenbraker, a field goal by Reese Chandler and three field goals by Destiny Williams.
For the game, Chester was led in scoring by Destiny Williams, who was the only CHS player in double figures with 13 points. Williams was followed by Audrey Hopper (6), Josie Kattenbraker (6), Kendall Williams (5), Taylor Dunning (2) and Reese Chandler (2).
Columbia out-rebounded Chester 27-18. Chester dished out eight assists, led by Destiny Williams. Josie Kattenbraker led in rebounding with six.
For the game, the Lady Yellow Jackets made just 14-of-47 shots from the field (30 percent).
The picture didn't get any brighter the next day, when the Lady Yellow Jackets faced Wesclin, with less success than the first game. Chester started out fairly well trailing by just two points, 13-11, after one quarter of play.
The second period was disastrous as the Lady Yellow Jackets could only muster two points on a Destiny Williams field goal. Wesclin, on the other hand, managed another 14 points to lead 27-13 at the half.
The second half wasn't much better as Wesclin outscored Chester 22-6 to take a 49-19 lead into the fourth quarter.
For the game, Chester had only five players score points. Destiny Williams led the team with 14, while Kendall Williams added six points.
Kattenbraker had five and Dunning added two points. Rounding out the Chester offense was Audrey Hopper with one point.
From the field Chester shot only 22 percent (10-of 45) and were 2-of-15 from 3-point land.
Wesclin outrebounded Chester 29-18 for the game. Dunning and Hopper led the team in rebounding with four boards apiece.
Destiny Williams dished out three of Chester's seven assists and also paced the team in steals with three of Chester's four. With the loss Chester fell to an overall record of 5-9.
In other tournament results, Red Bud won over Wesclin, 41-40, to win the consolation title.
Columbia beat Christ Our Rock, 41-36, for 5th Place. Greenville was victorious over Carlyle, 57-18, to win the 3rd place game and Lebanon won the tournament championship by beating Freeburg, 51-38.
Next up for the Lady Yellow Jackets will be the Chester Lady Jackets Mid-Winter Classic that started Tuesday at Chester High School's Colbert Gymnasium.
New Athens will have a bye in the first round. Tonight, Chester will host Valmeyer at 6 p.m, followed by Marissa-Coulterville and Sparta at 7:15 p.m.