Chester Co. Basketball teams 1-1 in district

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Player of the Week, Kara Pipkin, dribbles as she tries to find an open teammate in the Eaglettes victory over the Panthers. Photo by Kendall Patterson

Win against Riverside; fall to South Side

By Kendall Patterson
Staff Writer

After a win against Decatur Riverside Dec. 8 and a loss against South Side Dec. 11, both Chester County teams stand at 1-1 in the district.
The girls game against Riverside was close until halftime with the Eaglettes barely leading most of the half. The first half score was 29-24 with Chester Co. having the lead.
The Eaglettes picked up their game in the second half, shots started to go in and won the game 60-40.
Nonetheless, Head Coach Lee Pipkin said the girls lacked on defense.
“At some point you just have to crank down on defense, and we just have not done that yet at all,” Pipkin said. “We’re playing one side of the court. That’s what we’re playing, and that’s on offense.”
Pipkin made the same comment about defense from their loss against South Side, 66-38.
She hopes the girls find their defensive roles along with rebounding on both sides of the court.
The Eagles played a close game in the first half against the Riverside Panthers, but they began to gain some separation in the second half. The end of the third quarter resulted in the Eagles getting hot with threes by Tyricus Anderson and Zane Bolton and a buzzer beater shot by Dalton Colbert. The score was 46-36 at the end of the third.
The Panthers made the fourth quarter theirs though. They made a comeback on the Eagles with 10 seconds left after a three pointer; the score was 56-53 with Chester County still in the lead.
Trying to get the ball back to get the needed three points, Riverside fouled Dre Minor, but Minor sealed the game by scoring both foul shots making it a five -point game. The final was 58-53.
Head Coach Collin McPherson said he was glad that they got the win even though they didn’t play the best game.
“As sloppy as a game that was, you’re glad to come out with a win in one of those,” he said.
The Eagles lost against South Side though 83-64.

Player of the Week, Chad Barham, launches up for a layup in the Eagles victory against Riverside. Photo by Kendall Patterson