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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:11 pm, Tue Jan 1, 2013.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

It was another fast start for Washington during its first-round game against McCluer Wednesday at the Meramec Holiday Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Blue Jays (8-2) jumped to an 18-3 lead after one quarter, and this time, they needed every one of those points to fight off the 13th-seeded Comets at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

Washington hit a dry spell after the first quarter, scoring just 23 points over the final 28 minutes, but still pulled off a 41-38 overtime victory.

“We had a good start. We hit some shots early and then they switched to that zone and we just put the breaks on,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “We missed some shots. It’s the same thing that happened against Zumwalt East (36-33 win). They went to a 1-3-1 zone and we got tight. Guys who normally make shots didn’t make any and then we started pressing a little bit.

“We were lucky to hang on, but in this tournament, I’ll take lucky. We’re moving in the right direction. We have to be better on Friday.”

Washington will play 12th-seeded Marquette (6-2) in the tournament quarterfinals Friday at 4 p.m. The Mustangs knocked off fifth-seeded Vianney Wednesday in the opening round, 52-49.

“It will be a tough match,” Sodemann said. “We’ll figure out what they do and go from there.”

The Washington-Marquette winner advances to the tournament semifinals against the CBC-Webster Groves winner Saturday at 7 p.m. The quarterfinal loser will play Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The complete tournament schedule can be found online at www.emissourian.com.

Ronnie Suggs led Washington in the scoring column with 14 points, 12 in the first half, to go with three rebounds and two steals.

Luke Schroepfer finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Brad Carpenter added eight points.

Jared Walde collected six points, 10 rebounds and two assists.

Jacob Mulkey scored one point. Luke Hasenjaeger, Austin Subke and Cory Epperson also played.

McCluer (0-6) was led by 6-1 guard Andrew Weaver, who scored 11 points. Chauncey Turner, a 6-0 guard, added 10 points.

Washington held the lead over McCluer throughout the first three quarters.

Both teams held slim leads during the fourth quarter.

The Comets led 33-31 with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

With time running down, the Blue Jays missed an outside shot, but Suggs grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to tie the game 33-33 with 11 seconds left to play.

Without calling a timeout, the Comets quickly pushed the ball to the other end and missed a contested 15-foot jump shot as time ran out, sending the game to overtime.

The Blue Jays felt good about going to overtime.

“It was kind of like a breath of fresh air, a new life,” Sodemann said. “We put four minutes on the clock in practice a lot and play four-minute games. It worked out well. We came out on the right side.”

Both teams hit three-pointers early in overtime to keep the game tied, 36-36.

Washington scored its final five points from the free-throw line, three by Schroepfer and two by Walde. Schroepfer scored six of the Blue Jays’ eight points in overtime.

McCluer’s Shacquille Edwards had an open three-point shot as time ran out in overtime, but the ball rimmed in and out, giving Washington the win.

In the end, it was Washington’s defense that was the difference in the victory.

“If you’re not shooting well, your defense is what keeps you in the game. We had some big stops and rebounds,” Sodemann said. “They had some silly turnovers that I’m sure they’d like to have back, but that’s part of the game.”

The Blue Jays jumped to a 14-1 lead in the first six minutes and led 18-3 after one quarter.

“In years past, we haven’t started games so hot, so it’s nice to have some good starts this season,” Sodemann said. “We just have to figure out a way to put four good quarters together. We have to learn how to handle the basketball, keep attacking and take good shots.”

McCluer chipped away in the second and third quarters, making the score 22-14 at halftime and tied the game 26-26 after three quarters.

The Comets’ ability to slow down the Blue Jays with their zone defense allowed them to get back into the game.

“That’s the purpose of a 1-3-1, to get you out of your rhythm and to get you standing around. Coach (Brent) Rueter is a good coach. He coached at Lutheran North for a long time and won a lot of games. He definitely saw something in us to make the switch to the zone,” Sodemann said. “We made a couple of big plays. Ronnie got a big rebound at the end to tie it. Walde and Schroepfer both hit a couple of free throws. That’s what it takes to win games.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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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