CHESTER -- The pre-game pep talk from Chester coach Marilyn Milton was not really needed to fire-up the Lady Cyclones on Friday night.
Just a week earlier, Chester suffered their only loss, 72-55, against York, and that provide more than enough motivation for the 76-58 home victory in the rematch.
"We came out with more intensity and were really ready to play," Chester senior guard Micah Wessinger said. "York is a very good team, and we were better prepared for them this time."
The Chester girls used a swarming defense to force a rash of Lady Cougar turnovers. That translated into high percentage hoops in transition and a comfortable 43-27 lead at the half.
The Lady Cyclones' intensity continued into the second half, where they countered any attempts at a York comeback.
Wessinger led Chester girls with a career-high 32 points. Olivia Gaines and Jasmine Sanders followed with 14 and 12, respectively.
Ashley Barron and Kierra Anderson netted 16 and 15, respectively for York, who suffered its first loss of the season.
"We played real good defensively; I felt our defensive pressure helped us enormously in the first half," Milton said. "As a team, we have to use our pressure to speed up the tempo."
• NATION FORD 38, SOUTH OINTE 37 -- Kai McCrorey sank a free throw with just six seconds remaining, pushing Nation Ford past visiting South Pointe.
The game-winner was McCrorey's lone point in the night and capped a magnificent quarter for the Lady Falcons. Nation Ford had trailed by nine heading into the final stanza.
The lead changed three times in the final two minutes. Katie Kozlowski's 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining gave the Lady Falcons a 2-point lead.
Sabrina Gilmore added two free throws on South Pointe's next possession to tie the score, but McCrorey's heroics trumped Gilmore's clutch shots.
Timisly Nelson and Shanade Adams led the Lady Stallions with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Hope Sanders had a game-high 13 for the Lady Falcons.
"We are still learning as a team," first-year Nation Ford coach Brian Turner said. "We are thinking too much and need to make more plays. Tonight was a great win for us.