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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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