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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:30 pm

With its season on the line, Washington made big plays down the stretch.

Facing an 11-point deficit early in the third quarter against fourth-seeded Lebanon, the second-seeded Lady Jays kick things into gear and captured the Class 5 District 10 Tournament title Thursday at Northwest High School in dramatic fashion, 50-48.

“It’s one of those games that these kids will remember forever,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “After we went 21-4 in the regular season, we talked about how the memories really start now. Probably every kid in that locker room will remember this game for the rest of their lives.”

Sectional Bound

Washington (23-4) advances to the Class 5 sectional round after winning its first district girls basketball championship since 2004.

“I don’t think many of us have thought about the next one. We just wanted to win this game. That’s been our goal,” said Washington senior guard Courtney Kedroski. “Now that we’ve accomplished that, we have all weekend and a few days next week to prepare.”

The Lady Jays travel to Camdenton High School to play the winner of the District 9 championship game between Rock Bridge (22-3) and Hickman (24-1), which will be played Saturday at Rock Bridge at 5 p.m.

“They have four losses between them and one of Rock Bridge’s losses is to an Incarnate Word team that doesn’t lose to many people,” Fischer said. “We’re ready for a challenge. We want to go there, compete and give ourselves a chance to win.”

The Lady Jays will be up for the challenge.

“It’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to the game,” said Washington freshman guard Kya Hardesty. “It will be great competition for us.”

Final Seconds

Lebanon tied the game 48-48 on a basket by Ashton Light with 20 seconds left on the clock.

Instead of calling a timeout, the Lady Jays played on.

Kya Hardesty quickly moved the ball up the floor and got it to Paige Carpenter, who drove toward the center of the lane and knocked down a shot near the foul line with 1.2 seconds remaining, giving the Lady Jays the lead, and eventually the win.

Lebanon called a timeout, having to go the full length of the floor, and didn’t get much of a chance as the final buzzer sounded.

“That’s not an easy shot that Paige made, a little floater from about 10 feet away, and it went right in,” Fischer said.

“We had to get a shot off. Time was running out,” Carpenter said. “I just drove and had an open shot and took it. I said to myself that it was going in. Fortunately, it did.”

Scoring

Hardesty led the way for Washington with 19 points. She made three of four free throws in the final 48 seconds and also had a key three-point play with 2:59 to play, which gave her team a 45-42 lead at the time.

“I was just thinking that I had to make those free throws,” Hardesty said. “We work on free throws all the time at practice and that helps a lot during games.”

Carpenter finished the game with 14 points. Kedroski added 12 points.

Also scoring were Rachel Kackley with two points, Megan Freitag with two points and Emma Boehmer with one point. Megan Bauche did not score, but played a key defensive role.

Kackley recently reached 500 career rebounds.

Lebanon (12-14) was led by Maggie Vaughn, who scored 18 points.

“We had a few game films on them, and most of them were from the last month. They’ve gotten 100 times better,” Fischer said of Lebanon. “They’re all young. Their best players are a freshman, sophomore and junior. They’re going to be around for a while.”

Game Summary

It was a rough first half for the Lady Jays, who trailed 14-13 after one quarter and 24-16 at half, managing just three points in the second quarter.

“We had a bad half. It’s not like we had terrible shots in the first half. There’s something about that end of the gym. We didn’t make shots on that end all week. We let our post players just stand there and we never gave them the ball. We just passed the ball around the outside, which isn’t hard to guard,” Fischer said. “When we finally got the ball inside in the second half, they had to respect that, and our kids slipped to the corners and we knocked down some shots.”

Trailing 27-16 with 7:08 left in the third quarter, Washington finally got hot from the outside, finishing the quarter on a 20-7 run to grab a 36-34 advantage.

“We needed to get the ball to the high post and work it out. That’s what we did and we started hitting shots,” Kedroski said. “In the first half, we weren’t hitting anything. In the second half, we hit everything. Once we set our feet, we starting making them.”

Carpenter drilled three three-pointers in the third quarter, Kedroski nailed a couple and Hardesty added one.

“We played with a lot more energy in the second half,” Carpenter said.

“In the second half, we did a lot better job playing loose and playing our game,” Hardesty said. “Seeing the ball go through the basket helped us.”

Both teams held the lead in a back-and-forth fourth quarter.

Washington trailed 40-36 with 5:11 left to play, but back-to-back three-pointers by Hardesty and Kedroski quickly erased that deficit.

“The last thing we said leaving the locker room before the game was a year ago, we felt awfully bad after this game. We want a different feeling this time. Our girls went out there and made it happen. The coaches didn’t do that, the players did,” Fischer said. “We met about three weeks after that Waynesville game last year and said that’s not a good feeling, let’s get after it to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I probably had 90 percent of the kids there all summer working for this moment.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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