Hermann continued its hot start to the girls basketball season with a victory Thursday at Washington.

The Lady Bearcats (6-0) pulled away in the second half to defeat the Lady Jays, 55-36.

Hermann, champions of the Montgomery County Tournament last week, held leads of 18-14 after one quarter, 29-22 at halftime and 42-28 after three quarters.

“Washington has a good mix of size and quickness,” said Hermann Head Coach Todd Anderson. “As a team, I thought we did a better job in the second half of keeping their guards in front of us and not allowing them to get into the lane off the dribble.”

The Lady Jays (0-2) kept the game close for most of the way, especially in the first half.

“We played a pretty good first half of basketball. We missed a few block outs at times. But overall, it was our best half of the season,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “Hermann came out in the second half and just outworked us.”

Karinne Lane, a 5-5 guard, led three Lady Bearcats in double figures with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

“Karinne had another solid all-around game,” Anderson said. “She hit six free throws in a row in the fourth quarter after we had really struggled from the line up to that point.”

Jamie Gleeson, a 5-10 forward, added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Kirsten Leimkuehler, a 5-10 forward, scored 10 points.

Kali Stiers finished the game with seven points. Hayley Stiers and Tesla Ruediger both scored six points.

Washington was led by freshman guard Paige Carpenter, who scored 10 points.

Kirstie Leslie added eight points. Courtney Kedroski collected six points.

Alex Ready and Rachel Kackley both finished with four points. Megan Bauche and Kaitlin Evans both had two points.

“Our girls are starting to realize they can have some success this year,” Fischer said. “When that light goes off in their heads, we will be a tough out for anyone.”