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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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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