Chestatee High’s girls basketball team knocked down 11 3-pointers on the way to a 57-38 victory over Johnson Monday night in the Chestatee Turkey Shootout tournament in Gainesville.
Next, the Lady War Eagles (2-0) will play North Gwinnett at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the championship game.
Johnson (1-3) will play White County in the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The first score in the fourth quarter took over three minutes to come, but it was Chestatee senior Kayla Watson hitting one of her five 3-pointers.
The Lady War Eagles closed out the game on an 11-4 run from there.
In total, 16 3-pointers were scored in the game.
Watson’s five was a game-high. She also led all scorers with 19 points.
Johnson sophomore Caroline Odum had 14 to lead the Lady Knights as the only player in double digits.
For Chestatee, Lindsey Caudell hit a first-quarter 3-pointer and finished with 13 points, while sophomore Peri Satterfield's four 3s gave her 12 points.
Johnson senior Katie Wiese scored all 9 of her points on 3-pointers. Freshman Chelsea Reece also hit a 3-pointer, her only basket of the night.
The Lady Knights won the tip and scored the first basket of the game. The 2-0 lead was the only one they would hold all night.
Satterfield knocked down a 3-pointer for the Lady War Eagles 23 seconds later and Chestatee took the lead for good.
The hosts raced out to a 12-2 lead and led 15-6 after the first quarter.
Satterfield hit another two 3-pointers to add to the Lady War Eagle lead to open the second period.
Then, Johnson mounted a comeback, going on a 15-4 run to cut the deficit to 25-21 at the break.
“We weren’t able to prepare for them, obviously,” said Chestatee coach Web Daniel. “They shot the ball really well. We had to make some adjustments in the second half to make them put the ball on the floor. If you let them stand there and shoot, they can do that.”
The two teams traded baskets until Satterfield hit her final 3-pointer of the night as the buzzer sounded to put Chestatee up 43-34 heading into the final quarter.
Johnson coach Tiffany Russell said her team is still working on getting better and building from the base up.
“We’re just going to continue to get better (as the season goes on),” Russell said. “I’m excited, they’re excited and we just see good things if we can continue to get better as the days go by.”
JOHNSON 74, CHESTATEE 68: The Knights beat the War Eagles (0-2) in the boys bracket 74-68 in overtime Tuesday.
Yaz Hagins led the Knights with 20 points, followed by Andrew Sims with 18.
Cooper Wilson had 28 points for the War Eagles, which included six 3-pointers.
Mikey Petraroi notched 11, while Barron King scored 10 for Chestatee.