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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 3:00 pm

With two teams that focus so much on defense, it wasn’t a big surprise that points were difficult to come by during Tuesday’s boys basketball contest at Washington High School.

The Blue Jays (6-2) snapped Pacific’s six-game winning streak, claiming their fourth consecutive game in the process, in a 51-40 victory over the Indians.

“It was a fun game to be a part of. It was fun for our guys, our fans and everyone on our side,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “It was a highly emotional game. Both teams played their hearts out. I’m glad we got out of there with a win.”

The Indians (6-3) never got on track offensively.

“Our defense, for the most part, was solid all night. They hurt us the most in the second quarter,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “We got good shots the whole game. They just weren’t falling.”

Ronnie Suggs led all scorers in the game with 19 points for the Blue Jays.

“Ronnie has been doing a nice job taking what the defense gives him,” Sodemann said. “He was aggressive on the defensive end of the floor. He did a good job shading (Cullen) VanLeer. He really bought into our defensive game plan, just like everyone did.”

Jared Walde scored all 10 of his points in the first half, including eight in the second quarter.

“We expect those kinds of efforts out of Jared and our seniors,” Sodemann said. “That’s how he practices every day, so it’s no surprise. He ran the floor well, rebounded and got some baskets.”

Luke Schroepfer also scored 10 points. He was 6-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Luke Hasenjaeger added six points. Brad Carpenter netted three points. Jacob Mulkey had two points.

“A big difference in the game was Walde in the second quarter. He beat us down the floor and got a couple of offensive put backs,” VanLeer said. “We did a good job defending Schroepfer. He had four points going into the fourth quarter and then hit six free throws.”

Washington’s defensive game plan centered around slowing down Pacific guard Cullen VanLeer.

VanLeer finished with seven points, nine assists and six rebounds.

“We wanted to limit the number of good shots he got and make someone else beat us,” Sodemann said. “We ran guys at him once he crossed half-court because his range is so good. I’ve seen him hit shots from the volleyball line. We wanted to make him give the ball up as quickly as he could.”

Zeth Boyer led the way for Pacific with 14 points and five rebounds.

“Zeth was 7-8 shooting from the field,” VanLeer said. “He had a solid game on both ends of the floor. He more than held his own inside against Walde.”

Tanner Brown finished the game with 11 points.

Brendan Jett-Kell hit two three-pointers and scored six points.

“Tanner played a solid game. He hit some shots and guarded Schroepfer for a majority of the game,” VanLeer said. “Brendan hit two big threes to help us get back in the game in the fourth quarter.”

Jeffrey Hinkle added two points.

“They were doubling and running two defenders at Cullen all night,” VanLeer said. “We struggled shooting the ball. That happens sometimes. It also hurt us having Jeffrey in foul trouble.”

Washington held a 34-21 lead after three quarters after Hasenjaeger drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 13-point game.

“That happened because we had a good defensive possession,” Sodemann said. “We forced them into a quick shot and Hasy came down and hit a three-pointer that got the crowd into it and the momentum on our side.”

Pacific responded with a 17-6 run over the first 5 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Jett-Kell gave the Indians a spark with a pair of three-pointers during the run.

A basket by Zeth Boyer cut the Blue Jays lead to 40-38 with 2:38 remaining in the game.

“It was just a matter of time,” Sodemann said. “Pacific is a good team with good shooters. We knew they would start making shots.”

The two-point game didn’t last long as Washington’s Carpenter knocked down a three-pointer, his only basket of the game, to make the score 43-38 with 2:23 left to play.

“Brad hasn’t been at his best over the last couple of games,” Sodemann said. “For him to have the confidence to step up in that situation, that was a gutsy shot.”

The Blue Jays made free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

“We didn’t fold after they made it a two-point game,” Sodemann said. “We kept them at bay for the rest of the game by rebounding on the defensive end and making our free throws.”

Washington also defeated Pacific in the junior varsity contest.

Prior to the varsity game, it was announced that the WHS football stadium will now be known as “Jim Scanlan Stadium.”

Scanlan, former WHS football coach and athletic director, was on hand to be recognized. He was joined by his family and a number of friends, former players and fellow coaches.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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