Opening its title defense of the GAC Central, Washington continued to roll right along with a convincing girls basketball win Wednesday at Ft. Zumwalt East.

The Lady Jays, the defending conference champions, cruised to a 65-29 victory.

Washington (7-2, 1-0) has won four straight games by an average margin of victory of 28.5 points during that span. Six of its seven wins have been by double digits.

The Lady Jays have played just one of their nine games this season at home.

“It was nice to be back on the basketball floor after three days off due to the weather,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We got started a little slow, probably due to being off. But after the first quarter, we settled down a little bit and started knocking some shots down.”

The Lady Jays held a 21-8 lead and never looked back. They held advantages of 33-15 at halftime and 53-24 after three quarters.

“We did an excellent job defensively, which led to a lot of easy shots for us on the offensive end. When we moved the ball and got some open looks, we knocked a lot of them down,” Fischer said. “We controlled the boards most of the game, which also helped lead to our fast break and more easy looks.”

Kyra Hardesty, a freshman, led Washington in the scoring column with 20 points.

Courtney Kedroski finished the game with 19 points.

Paige Carpenter added 10 points.

Rachel Kackley, Megan Bauche, Megan Freitag and Emma Boehmer each scored four points.

Also playing for the Lady Jays were Alex Ready, Katie Trigg, Jenna Haas and Morgan Buddemeyer.

Washington made six three-pointers, three by Kedroski, two by Hardesty and one by Carpenter.

The Lady Jays were 7-11 from the free-throw line.

Alexis Butler led Ft. Zumwalt East (1-8, 0-2) with nine points. Brittany Tacket added seven points. Amanda Green had four points.

“When we share the ball like we can, we can be tough to stop,” Fischer said. “Courtney and Kyra did an excellent job shooting the ball from deep, and Paige played a great game attacking the basket. Rachel, Megan Bauche and Megan Freitag were a force on the offensive and defensive boards. Overall, it was a good team win.”

Washington’s game Tuesday against Lindbergh was postponed due to poor weather and road conditions.

The Lady Jays are seeded sixth for next week’s Union Tournament, opening against third-seeded St. Charles West Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:15 p.m.