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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.”


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.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games