By Rob Everingham
Chester went into the District 10-C tournament in Shelby last weekend No. 1, and it came out and demolished Sunburst in the championship game, 76-32.
Chester opened the game big and took a 14-6 lead after one quarter of play. By halftime the Coyotes had built a 35-12 lead and never looked back.
In the third quarter, Chester outscored the Refiners 23-10. It was more of the same in the fourth as the Coyotes had an 18-10 scoring advantage.
Chester was led in the title game by Carlane Jensen who had 16 points, as all 12 Coyotes players scored in the contest.
Chester, the first seed who received a first-round bye, had downed Brady 75-28 on Friday night to make it to the championship game.
The Coyotes outscored the Bulldogs 19-5 in the first quarter en-route to a 43-10 halftime lead. Chester kept the pressure on in the second half and rolled to the win.
Jensen led four Coyotes in double figures with 17 points.
Chester head coach Linda Van Dyke said they were able to use their fast break offense effectively on Friday night and get a lot of easy layups. Van Dyke said everyone contributed this weekend, with Jensen having a great tournament from start to finish.
Against Sunburst in the championship game, Van Dyke said their defense really showed their true toughness.
We were able to use our half-court trap effectively, Van Dyke said.
As far as all 12 players scoring in the championship, Van Dyke said, it was just remarkable.
The one thing her team needs to work on before divisional is its free throw shooting, Van Dyke said.
The Coyotes have a week off while other teams play their district tournaments. Van Dyke said this will be a good thing for their team.
She said they did not get Jamie Graham back during the weekend after an injury that sidelined her in the final part of the season. But, hopefully, the week off will give her the opportunity to fully heal and be ready for divisional.
We need the week off to heal and get ready for divisional, Van Dyke said.
The J-I Rams were also at the District 10-C tournament. The Rams season ended on Friday as they fell to Dutton 39-27 in loser-out action.
J-I started the game strong and took a 10-5 lead. The Cardinals were able to battle back and tie the game at 16-16 going into the locker room.
Dutton outscored the Rams 12-4 in the third quarter and 11-7 in the fourth to end J-Is season.
Angela Peek led the way for J-I with 10 points while Laine Lybeck had eight points.