The Chester High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams each won first place at their own Mountain Pride Invitational Dec. 10-12.
Playing a round robin format, both of Chester’s varsity teams finished 3-0 to win the tournament. The other teams competing were East Nicolaus, Burney and Quincy.
Quincy’s girls’ team went 2-1 for second place, and Quincy’s boys’ team finished 0-3.
In the junior varsity competition, Quincy won the boys’ division and East Nicolaus won the girls’ division.
Chester’s boys opened Thursday with a 54-43 win against East Nicolaus by overcoming a slow first quarter.
Chester fell behind 14-6 by the end of the first period, but outscored East Nicolaus by three points in the second quarter and four points in the third quarter to get within one by the final period
In the fourth quarter, the Chester Volcanoes caught fire and outscored East Nicolaus 16-4 for the victory.Tyler Hernandez totaled 15 points and Cole Fanning scored 14. David Ryn grabbed 11 rebounds and Seth Cory snagged 10. Topher Taylor delivered nine assists.
The next night, Chester got past Burney 51-47, again overcoming a slow first quarter, when the Volcanoes trailed 15-7.
Ryn netted 14 points, Fanning posted 13 and Hernandez earned 11. Ryn and Cory each pulled down seven rebounds, Taylor generated 10 assists and Fanning nabbed three steals.
Chester cruised to a 67-44 win over Quincy Saturday.
Cory scored 15 points for the Volcanoes, followed by Ryn with 14 and Fanning with 11. Chad Durkin recorded six rebounds and eight points, and Hernandez registered five rebounds and eight points. Taylor claimed 14 assists.
For Quincy, Matt Rouse scored 22 points, and Cody Cline captured nine. Cline led with 11 rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Keshawn Johnson earned five assists.
In Quincy’s prior two matches, the Trojans lost to Burney 45-37 and fell to East Nicolaus 49-31.
The Chester girls registered a 44-25 win against East Nicolaus Thursday. Leading 28-13 at halftime, the Lady Volcanoes eased through the second half.
Taylor Labosky scored 11 points for Chester. Cassey Delay grabbed nine rebounds and MacKenzie Lee compiled six. Seyonna Hedrick earned four assists.
The Vols totaled 35 steals. Labosky snagged eight and Shaye Quam captured five. Hailey Wilkerson and Hedrick grabbed four apiece.
Chester’s biggest challenge came Friday night against Burney. Leading 29-28 at halftime, the Volcanoes outplayed Burney 9-4 through the third quarter and held on for a 54-49 victory.
Labosky went off for 24 points and seven steals. Peterson scored 12 points, while Wilkerson claimed 11 rebounds.
In Saturday’s game between Chester and Quincy, Chester took a 14-9 lead in the first quarter, but Quincy responded by outscoring Chester 13-10 in the second quarter.
The Volcanoes dominated the second half by holding Quincy to two points in the final period. Chester won the game 47-32.
Labosky led with 14 points, followed by Hedrick with nine, Natalie Peterson with eight and Lee with seven.
Wilkerson dominated the boards with 13 rebounds, and Abbey Schmidt captured eight. Wilkerson and Labosky each snatched five steals.
The Lady Trojans defeated Burney 67-62 Thursday and beat East Nicolaus 40-21 Friday for second place.