Chester girls lose final game of season
“Well, we didn’t really play that well the first half,” said Chester girls’ basketball coach John Potter on the Lady Volcanoes’ final game of the season. “I was proud how the girls ended the second half, though. They really fought back.”
Chester made it into the Division VI playoffs seeded 12th with a 4-20 overall record. On Feb. 26, the Lady Volcanoes took on the No. 5 seed, Maxwell, and lost 60-28 due to an abysmal first half.
Defensively, Chester shifted in and out of coverage, allowing subsequent opportunities for Maxwell to score. On offense, the Volcanoes kept giving up the outside shots and couldn’t manage to get the ball inside.
Maxwell walked all over Chester, leading the Volcanoes 25-6 at halftime and shutting them out in the second quarter.
Potter adjusted the lineup in the second half and Chester, though still outscored, played better ball. In the second half, Chester scored 11 points per quarter.
Many of Maxwell’s points were made from the free-throw line. Chester had some foul trouble and put Maxwell at the line 27 times.
Chester’s Haylee Potter was the team’s top scorer with 16 points off four three-pointers and two two-pointers. Rebecca Branch scored the Volcanoes’ other three-pointer and paired it with a two-pointer for five points.
In addition, three Lady Volcanoes scored for the first time since tournament play in 2013. Audra Mac Donald, Jane James and Sara Gannon all scored two points apiece.
“We had a really young team this year,” continued coach Potter. “Maxwell had seven seniors on its team and we were playing with almost all sophomores. These girls are starting to understand basketball concepts as a team. I think we should do pretty well next year.”