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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 8:15 pm

It was not your typical high school basketball game.

Washington scored 12 points in the first half. Ft. Zumwalt East scored four points in the second half.

When everything was added up, the Blue Jays overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to knock off the Lions in their GAC Central opener Tuesday at Washington High School, 36-33.

“It was definitely a tale of two halves. That’s for sure,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “Not much went right for us in the first half. In the second half, we were much more intense. That was the difference. If we play that way all the time, I think we’ll be OK.”

Ronnie Suggs led the Blue Jays with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Brad Carpenter knocked down three three-pointers to finish with nine points and two assists.

Jacob Mulkey pitched in with six points, going 4-4 from the free-throw line.

Luke Schroepfer collected five points and three steals.

Jared Walde had two points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Luke Hasenjaeger, Cory Epperson and Austin Subke also saw action.

The Blue Jays (4-2, 1-0) shot 31.5 percent from the field and were 8-9 from the foul line.

Struggling against East’s zone defense, the Blue Jays trailed 29-12 at halftime.

“The credit goes to them in the first half. They broke our press and got some layups. They made some shots,” Sodemann said. “We missed our first couple of shots, got tight and started to look at the scoreboard. When you look at the scoreboard instead of focusing on what you need to do, you run into trouble. They were prepared. They attacked us right away. Our guys didn’t respond until the second half.”

And what a second half it was.

Washington outscored East 16-0 in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 29-28.

“Our intensity picked up on the defensive end,” Sodemann said. “We did a good job moving and closing out on plays.”

Carpenter drilled a three-pointer to put the Blue Jays ahead 33-31 with 6:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.

With the score tied 33-33, Carpenter struck again, nailing a three-pointer with 40 seconds left on the clock to give Washington a 36-33 advantage, which was the final score.

The Lions (2-5, 0-1) had possession in the final seconds, but couldn’t tie the game.

“We’ll take them any way we can get them,” Sodemann said. “Hopefully we learned a lesson from this game.”

With conference foes meeting twice per season, the two teams meet again Feb. 1 at East. The Lions will play in the Washington Tournament Jan. 7-12.

Washington’s junior varsity team defeated FZE in triple overtime.

The Blue Jays meet Lafayette in the GAC-Suburban Shootout Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Charles Family Arena.

Former WHS football coach and athletic director Jim Scanlan will be honored during Tuesday’s home game against Pacific between the junior varsity and varsity games at approximately 7:15 p.m.

“We beat Lafayette last year in this shootout, which I think surprised them a little. They’ll be gunning for us this time,” Sodemann said. “When Washington and Pacific play, you can throw the records out the window. It’s going to be a very competitive game. We’re expecting a great atmosphere.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule


Wednesday, April 9

Pacific 14, Borgia 8

Ft. Zumwalt East 7, Washington 2

Union 7, North County 6

Thursday, April 10

Washington 5, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

Union 5, Hermann 4 (8)

St. James 11, St. Clair 4

Pacific 20, New Haven 10

Friday, April 11

*Borgia 6, DuBourg 2

Warrenton 12, St. Clair 2

Saturday, April 12

Borgia 7, St. Clair 0

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, April 9

Windsor Tournament

Washington 2, Windsor 0

Union 4, Pacific 1

Thursday, April 10

Borgia 7, DuBourg 1

St. Clair 9, St. James 0

Windsor Tournament

Third-Place Game — Windsor 8, Pacific 1

Championship Game — Washington 5, Union 4 (2 OT)

Friday, April 11

St. Pius 5, Borgia 0

Fatima 2, St. Clair 1 (PK Shootout)

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Troy Tny, TBA

Hillsboro Tny, TBA

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Troy Tny    TBA

Hillsboro Tny    TBA


Wednesday, April 9

Borgia 162, Duchesne 182, Lutheran St. Charles 175 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

Sullivan 163, Pacific 181, St. James 201 (medalist P-C. VanLeer 37)

Thursday, April 10

Washington 148, Ft. Zumwalt S 176 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 29)

St. James at Union, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 11

Sullivan Tournament, 8 a.m.

Borgia 196, St. Dominic 214 (Medalist-C. Voss, Borgia, 33)

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Friday, April 11

Central Methodist JV at ECC, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

ECC swept Cottey in doubleheader

Sunday, April 13

ECC at Central Methodist JV, PPD

Monday, April 14

*ECC at St. Louis, PPD

Tuesday, April 15

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games

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