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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


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

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.


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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