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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:00 am | Updated: 1:14 pm, Wed Feb 27, 2013.

Washington has found ways to win its most crucial girls basketball games this season.

The Lady Jays won the GAC Central championship with a 7-1 record and now are a win away from adding a district title to their resume.

Playing in the semifinals of the Class 5 District 10 Tournament Monday at Rolla High School, third-seeded Washington rallied from a 15-point deficit midway through the third quarter to stun second-seeded Rolla, 55-53.

“The atmosphere was a typical playoff basketball game atmosphere,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “It was a great team win, but we can’t be satisfied just yet. We have more to accomplish.”

Game-Winner

With the game tied 53-53, Washington had possession of the ball and called a timeout with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Jays got the ball to senior forward Kirstie Leslie in the lane a step in front of the free-throw line, who drive to her left and scored on a layup to make the score 55-53 with 2.1 seconds remaining.

Rolla quickly called a timeout, but couldn’t get the ball down the court in the final two seconds.

Leslie said getting the ball to her on the final play wasn’t exactly how it was scripted during the timeout.

“That wasn’t the plan at all, but our team worked really well and it just happened that way, so it was good,” Leslie said.

So what was going through Leslie’s mind when she got the ball with time running out?

“I was really nervous. I’m always nervous. I hate doing the ending things, the last plays. I hate those. But it was good,” Leslie said. “I knew I had to do something to get a point. I’m really glad I made it so we can move on. Our team is really excited.”

Fischer said the Lady Jays did a good job executing the game-winning basket.

“During the last timeout, we drew up a play to get a ball screen up high and attack the middle of the floor. Rolla played good defense on the play and made us force the ball to the corner, where they were able to close out on Paige (Carpenter),” Fischer said. “Kirstie made the correct cut to the open spot on the floor, and Paige made a great pass to find her there. Neither one of them panicked, allowing Kirstie to take her defender off the dribble and get the layup. She went up strong and put the ball in the hole.”

Championship Preview

Washington (15-11) advances to play top-seeded Waynesvsille (12-13) in the championship game Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Lady Tigers hammered fifth-seeded Lebanon in Monday’s other semifinal game, 62-33.

“Playing for a district championship will be an exciting evening for us,” Fischer said. “The key for us is to get off to a good start on the defensive end of the floor. When the regular season ended, all we have talked about is taking it one game at a time.”

Fischer said Waynesville will present a big challenge.

“Waynesville is a very tall, athletic basketball team. They use their length really well and play a solid defensive ball game. They have played some great basketball teams in their conference all year, so they should be battle-tested and ready to go on Thursday,” Fischer said. “We will have our hands full with Waynesville because they are a well-coached basketball team that plays hard every night. If we can do all the small things that win games this time of year, we will give ourselves a chance to win.”

The Lady Jays will be confident going into the game.

“We’re excited to play Waynesville. We watched them and we think we have a really good chance,” Leslie said. “This is the first district game we’ve won in my four years here, so we’re really excited.”

The winner advances to the Class 5 sectional round Wednesday, March 6, at Camdenton High School.

Semifinal Game

Courtney Kedroski led Washington against Rolla with 16 points, despite being in foul trouble.

Paige Carpenter finished the game with 12 points.

Megan Bauche, Kaitlin Evans and Leslie each added seven points.

Helena Ballmann and Rachel Kackley both had two points.

Rolla (10-14) held the lead for a majority of the game.

The Lady Bulldogs led 18-13 after one quarter, but Washington cut the lead to 22-21 with three minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Rolla ended the first half on a 13-2 run to increase its advantage to 35-23 at halftime.

Playing a big role in Rolla’s first-half success was 5-9 senior forward Andrea Zalis, who had success scoring in the post.

“Rolla’s gym can get very loud, and I think we struggled at the beginning of the game communicating on defense. We fell behind early and went into the locker room down 12 at half,” Fischer said. “We were not doing a good job stopping No. 25 (Zalis) on defense and she was working hard to get her shots. At the half, all we talked about was picking up the intensity and attacking their defense by putting pressure back on them.”

The Lady Jays were down, but not out.

“Halftime wasn’t real happy. We were kind of sad,” Leslie said. “We’re really good at coming back. In more of our games we’ve had to come back rather than hold the lead, so we’re really good at that.”

Rolla pushed its lead to 44-29 with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter.

The final 12 minutes of the game belonged to Washington.

“Our defense was definitely the difference,” Leslie said. “We held (Zalis) down a lot better after halftime. That’s definitely what changed it.”

While taking their defensive pressure up a few notches, the Lady Jays also got the offense going to trim the deficit.

A pair of three-pointers by Carpenter and a bucket by Bauche pulled Washington to within 46-42 after three quarters.

Carpenter scored again 31 seconds into the fourth quarter to make the score 46-44, continuing a 15-2 run.

The Lady Jays finally tied the game 51-51 on a basket by Carpenter with 2:45 left to play, which completed a 22-7 run.

Rolla regained the lead 53-51 with 1:52 remaining, but free throws by Kedroski tied the game 53-53 with 1:19 remaining.

“Our guards handled the ball well, and our forwards rebounded extremely well,” Fischer said. “Courtney did a great job getting to the free-throw line in transition by attacking the basket and putting pressure on them. We spread the floor in the second half and let our guards and forwards work more of a one-on-one game. We made great decisions and got the ball where we needed it to go.”

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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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