Leading by six at halftime, the Washington basketball Blue Jays (8-12, 1-5) couldn’t hang on against Ft. Zumwalt East (9-11, 2-5) and fell, 48-37.

The Blue Jays had trouble scoring against Zumwalt East, only getting one player in double figures.

“That was a tough loss for us,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “Our kids had a tough night shooting-wise.”

Having previously defeated Zumwalt East at home, 52-33 on Jan. 22, Young said the Lions came to play on their Senior Night.

“This was their Senior Night and they had six seniors on the team that played,” he said. “I think it being their Senior Night really got them motivated.”

It was looking like it could be heading for a similar result as the first matchup early, as Washington led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the Blue Jays’ lead had grown to 24-18.

But Zumwalt East began to cut into Washington’s lead in the third quarter. Midway through the period, the Blue Jays’ lead had shrunk to just one point, and at the end of the third quarter the Lions led 34-30.

Young said with senior Daniel Morris at point guard, the Lions were able to cut into Washington’s defense.

“Defensively we let them get to the basket with their dribble-penetration,” he said. “Morris did a good job getting to the hole and dumping it off.”

Ft. Zumwalt East outscored Washington 14-7 to close out the game in the fourth quarter.

Young said he was encouraged by the play of sophomores Conlan Jarvis and Cason Suggs.

Jarvis led Washington in scoring with 13 points, while Suggs was next with nine.

“That was the one bright spot is that our two sophomores played well for us that game,” he said.

Senior Isaiah West finished with six points.

Junior Trey Walsh had four points.

Senior Daniel Diener put in three points.

Sophomore Zach Harms registered two points.

Morris led Zumwalt East with 20 points.

Senior Elijah Dameron had 13 points.

Sophomore Trevon Payne finished with five points.

Junior Shaun Oranja and senior Liam Rone had four points apiece.

Senior DJ Wade put in two points.