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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:30 pm, Tue Feb 4, 2014.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

Nearly halfway through the conference schedule, Washington has proven itself to be the team to beat in the GAC Central girls basketball race.

The Lady Jays (11-3, 3-0), the defending conference champions, had another dominating performance in a 70-36 win over Ft. Zumwalt South Friday at Washington High School.

“I think we frustrated them early in the game and the girls stayed on them,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We played well again defensively, which led to a lot of scoring opportunities for us.”

In its three conference wins this season, Washington has two 34-point victories and one by 36 points.

In the GAC Central, each team plays the four other squads twice in a home-and-home series.

The team the Lady Jays have yet to play is Holt, who they visit Tuesday. Holt lost to Ft. Zumwalt South earlier in the season.

“We’re 3-0 in the conference with five games left. Between us, Holt and South, those probably are the three top teams in the conference,” Fischer said. “Holt has a sophomore (Mel Taouil) who scored 31 points the other night against Jennings. If we don’t stop her, it’s going to be a challenge.”

As they have in recent games, the Lady Jays started fast against Ft. Zumwalt South, jumping to a 26-15 lead after one quarter.

“That’s a lot of points in one quarter,” Fischer said. “It’s generated by effort.”

Ft. Zumwalt South (9-8, 2-1) entered the game without a conference loss, but couldn’t keep up with Washington.

The Lady Jays built leads of 41-23 at halftime and 56-34 after three quarters.

“We’ve scored over 40 points by halftime in the last three games,” Fischer said. “In the second half, we’ve been hitting about 20. It’s like we’re getting comfortable. That’s something we need to work on.”

Kyra Hardesty paced Washington with 23 points (four three-pointers), three assists and two steals.

“Kyra plays basketball all year around. It’s her sport. She loves the game. She’s always putting in more time shooting,” Fischer said. “Having a kid like her for four years is going to be fun.”

Courtney Kedroski collected 16 points (three three-pointers) and five assists.

Paige Carpenter finished with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Rachel Kackley registered nine points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.

Megan Bauche had three points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Emma Boehmer netted four points. Katie Trigg scored three points. Megan Freitag had two points and two assists. Alex Ready added two assists. Morgan Buddemeyer also played.

“Kyra, Courtney and Paige hit some outside shots early to give us a comfortable lead. Rachel had a couple of offensive rebounds for putbacks,” Fischer said. “When you have four girls scoring at or near double figures, it’s hard for defenses to focus on just one of them.

“Our guards have found the player who’s been hot in certain games. Rachel has done a great job inside. Megan Bauche and Megan Freitag do the little things, like that one rebound or steal you need that pushes the ball up the floor to Kyra or the other guards.”

Washington is seeded second for next week’s Borgia Tournament, opening against seventh-seeded Union Monday at 6:40 p.m.

“I keep telling the girls, other people are starting to believe in us, it’s time for us to start believing,” Fischer said. “Washington girls basketball hasn’t had a lot of success recently. Now it’s time to learn to play with the success. We’re going to get everybody’s best game.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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