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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 5:20 pm

Kaitlin Evans achieved the right result in the right time in the right place.

The Washington senior scored with 1.8 seconds left on the clock, was fouled, and then hit her free throw to give the Lady Jays a 51-48 upset victory against Eureka Thursday in the consolation semifinals of the Union Tournament.

“It’s nice to beat one of those teams,” Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer said. “We’ve practiced hard since Oct. 31. The coaching staff has told the girls that we’re going to win these games, but it’s going to take a while. Hopefully, this is one of those wins which puts us over the hump.”

Eureka managed to tie the game in the final minute, erasing a 15-point Washington lead in the second half.

“We did have a sizeable lead in the third quarter,” Fischer said. “They did come back and tie it. We made a run against Helias the other night and they came back and smacked us in the mouth and we didn’t respond too well. Tonight, we responded. We ran the one play we needed to run and we finished it off. We did the little things we needed to do.”

Washington takes on Union for the consolation title Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

“I think they’re like us,” Fischer said. “Coach (Grant) Young is new to the program, so the girls have been getting used to him. They’ve got a great record. Their four losses are to good teams. They’re going to be a very tough opponent Saturday. The Union Wildcats are a great team. They’re well-coached and their girls play incredibly tough.”

Eureka meets Madison Prep in the seventh-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday Game

Washington (6-5), seeded seventh, led the third-seeded Lady Wildcats (8-6) for most of the second half. The Lady Jays were up at the intermission, 26-22, and came with an eight-point run to start the second half.

After a Eureka basket, the Lady Jays netted the next six points to take a 39-24 advantage with more than four minutes to play in the quarter.

For Eureka, that proved to be just enough time to work back into the game. After three quarters, the gap was 11 points with Washington leading 41-30.

Helped by Washington’s aggression, Eureka was able to close the gap. Washington recorded the first 12 fouls of the half, putting Eureka in to the double bonus midway through the fourth quarter. Eureka scored six points from the line with the clock stopped to tighten the gap.

“We were working so hard and I was so excited about how we were working in our fullcourt press,” Fischer said. “When that seventh foul came, I looked up and saw how much time was left. We haven’t run the fullcourt press that often, and to do it against a team like Eureka was tough. When you do that, you’re going to live by the fouls sometimes.”

For the game, Eureka went 15-22 from the free-throw line. Washington, whistled for 24 fouls to Eureka’s 15, went 5-11 from the stripe.

The Lady Wildcats tied the game with 16.9 seconds to play when Mallory Proffer rolled in a free throw to knot it at 48-48.

With fouls to give, James Alsup’s team did everything it could to disrupt Washington’s efforts to run the offense. Three Eureka fouls gave Washington the ball under the basket on Eureka’s end. Evans took the inbounds pass, scored and was fouled with 1.8 seconds to play. She hit the free-throw to make sure that even if Eureka hit a long shot, it would only send it into overtime.

“I knew when we had that first inbounds pass with about six seconds to play, we were looking at getting a foul,” Fischer said. “I just wanted to run the play to get the ball into the girl’s hands because I knew a foul was coming. We ran the play we have been trying to run all year. We haven’t run it that well. Rachel Kackley and Kaitlin Evans set two of the best screens I’ve seen in a high school game, and that’s what got Kaitlin open under the basket.”

Helena Ballmann intercepted the inbounds pass to seal the victory.

Everything seemed to be going Eureka’s way early in the contest. The Lady ’Cats led 11-8 after one quarter, similar to the team’s first-round loss to St. Charles West Monday night.

Washington fought back. Courtney Kedroski tied it with a free throw with 1:58 left in the half and then assisted on Paige Carpenter’s basket to make it 24-22. Kedroski hit two more free throws with 18.2 seconds to play, giving Washington a four-point edge at the half.

Kedroski hit four points while Carpenter and Kirstie Leslie also scored during Washington’s eight-point run to star the third quarter.

After Lindsey McCoy scored for Eureka, Carpenter hit a three-point basket and another shot from just inside the arc to make it 39-24 in favor of the Lady Jays.

Eureka got threes from Gabby Adams and Ali Wallner to cut the gap to nine, but Washington got another Carpenter basket to lead by 11 after three quarters.

Kedroski came off the bench to lead all players in scoring with 20 points.

“Courtney has been ill this week,” Fischer said. “I gave her a little break and didn’t start her. With about a minute to go in the first quarter, I could tell she was ready to go. She’s played her butt off this week.”

Carpenter also hit double digits for Washington with 13 points.

Evans closed the contest with seven points.

Megan Freitag netted four points. Rachel Kackley, Leslie and Alex Ready recorded two points apiece. And Ballmann closed with one point.

Ballmann also absorbed a huge charge call against Eureka’s McCoy with 1:21 to play.

“We’re finally starting to realize our roles as a team,” Fischer said. “Helena would be the first one to tell you that she’s not going to knock down an 18-footer consistently. But she will rebound and play defense and do the little stuff.”

Eureka had all of the momentum and had cut the lead to 46-43 before that whistle.

Kelsey Tepen led Eureka in scoring with 13 points.

Adams was next with 12 points, all on three-point baskets.

McCoy and Proffer netted eight points apiece.

Wallner closed with five points while Hanna Vogt added two points.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games