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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 10:06 pm, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

A fast start to the game saved the season and won the Washington Blue Jays a district basketball championship.

Playing in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament title game, the top-seeded Blue Jays (19-9) jumped to a 21-2 lead and held on in the end for a 39-36 victory over third-seeded Waynesville Thursday at Rolla High School.

“I’m so proud of our guys. I’m proud of their effort and their ability to hang on, because that’s what we did. I don’t think I’ve seen a start like that to any game, let alone a district final. It was enough to hang on,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “I’m proud of our kids. I’m proud of our program. I’m proud of our community, our school. Our fans were awesome. They traveled on a school night to support us and the girls team. It means a lot. Washington has won only three district championships in the last 30 years and this is No. 4.”

It’s the first district title since 2008 for the Blue Jays, who advance to the Class 5 sectional round against the District 9 winner Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Camdenton High School.

“My senior year, I’m fortunate to play with some great players who all trust each other. Everybody made plays down to the end. It just feels great to finally accomplish what I’ve been dreaming of,” said Washington senior Luke Schroepfer.

“It’s awesome. Our main goal for the season has been to win a district championship and here we are. It’s an amazing feeling,” said Washington senior Jared Walde.

“This has been our goal. It feels good. It feels good to bring another district title to Washington,” said Washington junior Ronnie Suggs. “In 2008 when we won it, I was the water boy. It feels good to actually be on a team to do it.”

Washington’s sectional opponent will be determined Saturday night. It likely will be Hickman or Rock Bridge, but could also be Camdenton or Jefferson City.

The Blue Jays lost to Rock Bridge earlier in the season at Mizzou Arena.

“To be the best, you have to beat the best,” Sodemann said. “We’ll prepare like we always do for whoever it is we play. We’ll keep competing.”

Schroepfer led Washington in the scoring column against Waynesville with 16 points. Suggs added 10 points.

Jacob Mulkey finished with five points. Brad Carpenter netted four points. Jared Walde and Patrick Menke both scored two points.

Luke Hasenjaeger and Austin Subke both played significant minutes, but did not score.

“It definitely was a team effort. Luke and Ronnie had amazing games. Mulkey came in and had some great shots,” Walde said. “We played great. It was one of our best team wins of the season.”

Waynesville (14-13) got nine points apiece from 6-8 forward Kellieon Williams and 6-7 forward Juwan Morgan.

The Tigers had no answer for Washington’s zone defense through the first 12 minutes of the game. Although they were taller, the Tigers settled for perimeter shots for most of the contest.

“That’s what we try to hang our hat on is defense and trying to make teams take tough shots,” Sodemann said. “For the most part, we executed our game plan. They took a lot of perimeter shots and I don’t necessarily know that’s their strength. That advantage went to us.”

Leading 4-2 early in the game, the Blue Jays went on a 17-0 run in a span covering nearly nine minutes. They led 15-2 after one quarter and 21-2 with 4:30 left in the second quarter.

“Coach did a great job scouting. We knew exactly every play they were going to do against us. That’s probably why we held them to two points,” Schroepfer said. “We came out fired up and ready to play. This was the best start we’ve had all season.”

Facing a 19-point deficit, Waynesville finally got its offense going and began to chip away at Washington’s lead.

A 13-3 run pulled the Tigers to within 24-15 at halftime.

Washington held the lead for the entire second half, but it was single digits all the way.

“Teams always are going to make runs. That’s just the game of basketball. That’s why you play two halves. We played an exceptional first half,” Suggs said. “We were ready to play. Coach gave us some good words and got us ready. We got a little sloppy toward the end of the third quarter, but we all kept our heads in the game and were able to pull it out.”

Waynesville continued its run to start the second half, outscoring the Blue Jays 8-2 over the first four minutes to make the score 26-23.

All together, it was a 21-5 Waynesville run after Washington’s 21-2 run to make it a three-point game.

The Blue Jays led 30-27 after three quarters.

Waynesville got to within one point twice during the fourth quarter, but could never pull even.

“Coach said they’re a scrappy team and they always come back,” Walde said. “We’ve won close games before, so we knew we could pull this one out.”

Washington scored two field goals in the fourth quarter, a three-pointer by Mulkey and a bucket by Schroepfer.

The Blue Jays led 35-34 with 2:31 left to play.

Free throws by Schroepfer, Carpenter and Walde were just enough to seal the win.

“They didn’t hurt us on the boards super bad. They got a bunch of rebounds in the second half as they were making their run,” Sodemann said. “We battled. We never gave up. We didn’t get rattled. We had a couple of silly turnovers, but we did what it took.

“Down the stretch, we made plays. Luke had a big three after he missed a layup. Jared made two big free throws that seemed to touch every part of the rim. It seemed like we did just enough to survive. At this point, all it takes is to survive and advance.”

Sodemann said past games this season helped the Blue Jays win the district title.

“Those games early, the close ones at the Turkey Tournament, if you learn something from those games and those situations, then you know what to expect,” Sodemann said. “Playing teams like CBC, DeSmet and McCluer at the Meramec Tournament, that’s what you do so when you get to this point, you’ve seen it all. You’ve seen good athletes, great shooters and well-coached teams. That’s the whole point of playing a tough schedule and it paid off for us.”

The Blue Jays once again found a way.

“The atmosphere was great. Both student sections were awesome. There was constant screaming and yelling. We could barely hear each other out there,” Schroepfer said. “Everybody made plays when we needed to and we won.”

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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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

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.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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