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Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 4:00 pm

As the No. 3 seed for the 36th Annual Meramec Holiday Basketball Tournament, Washington hoped for a better showing during the weeklong showcase.

But an opening round loss to No. 14 Parkway West derailed any hopes of making a run deep in the 16-team tournament at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

Washington (6-4) suffered a 56-41 loss Friday to Parkway West in the first round.

The Blue Jays bounced back Saturday for a 54-39 win over No. 11 Marquette, but were eliminated Sunday with a loss to No. 7 Lafayette, 46-42.

“These games, playing this type of competition, is going to help us down the road,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “It’s not these games in December that matter, it’s the ones in February and March. These games are going to prepare us for that.”

Washington played all three tournament games without senior starting guard Jacob Mulkey, who has missed five straight games with an injured ankle.

The hope is that Mulkey will return for Friday’s home contest against Timberland.

“We’ve missed Mulkey, who’s a big key in our offense,” Young said. “He’s a vocal player. He plays the post when (Austin) Subke comes out. He plays the wing. He plays the guard spot in our matchup. He’s a senior leader who plays with so much patience and confidence. He’s a calming spirit as a senior. The good thing is it’s given our younger players a lot of experience, which is going to help us.”

After starting the season with a 5-0 record, the Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last five games.

“You’re going to have rough spots during the season. It’s how you come back from those rough spots,” Young said. “We had a great start to the year, starting 5-0 with some good wins against good teams. Now we’re in a little bit of a funk. The good thing is we now get some practice time and come back Friday and hopefully get ourselves back in the win column.”

Parkway West

The lower-seeded Longhorns (4-4) pulled off the upset Friday over Washington in the opening round.

“They’ve played against good competition and lost some games early. We played some ugly basketball defensively and offensively,” Young said. “We can’t allow a team to have extra possessions. When you have a defensive stop and you give them an extra chance by giving up an offensive rebound, that’s what killed us.”

Wyatt Yess, a 6-6 freshman forward, scored 27 points, going 13-13 from the free-throw line, to lead the Longhorns.

“He got some offensive rebounds that he took right back up. He’s very lengthy around the basket,” Young said. “That’s where we need to make more solid box outs. You can tell he’s been in the weight room a lot as a freshman coming in. He’s a really smooth player.”

The Blue Jays, who trailed by 15 points late in the third quarter, made the score 47-39 with 7:15 left in the game, but got no closer.

Ronnie Suggs finished the game with 16 points and seven rebounds. Brad Carpenter added 12 points.

Trey Walsh chipped in with four points and three assists. Isaiah West scored three points. Mike Morgan, Patrick Menke and Austin Subke each had two points. Morgan added five rebounds.

Jake Socha added 14 points for Parkway West.

The Longhorns were 17-19 from the foul line. Washington was 13-15 from the free-throw line and 4-18 from three-point range.

“Offensively, we had to do more of what they did to us,” Young said. “We didn’t move the ball as much as we should have. That ball movement will get our shooters open more and open gaps for us to attack the basket.”

Marquette

Washington came back to eliminate Marquette on Saturday.

“We needed a win. That was the biggest thing. When you lose a couple of games in a row, it’s tough. We had to find a way to win, and that’s what we did,” Young said. “We weren’t as sharp. I thought we were sharper (Sunday) playing a really good team. We actually had a size advantage on Marquette. They had more shooters. We had to spread out defensively.”

The Blue Jays held leads of 12-5 after one quarter, 25-21 at halftime and 43-26 after three quarters.

Suggs collected 28 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Morgan added eight points and four rebounds. Carpenter had seven points and two assists.

Walsh finished with six points. West scored three points. Menke had two points and three rebounds. Subke also had three rebounds.

Brooks Gerrity led Marquette (3-4) with nine points.

The Blue Jays were 17-22 from the foul line and 5-16 from three-point territory.

“It was nice to get the win and get that losing streak over with,” Young said. “It gave us some confidence.”

Lafayette

Washington ended the tournament Sunday with the loss to Lafayette.

The Blue Jays held a 39-37 advantage, but a three-pointer by Lafayette’s Nate Messer with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter gave the Lancers the lead for good.

Messer scored 23 points for Lafayette (6-2).

“With about three minutes to go, we had a two-point lead and I talked to my coaching staff about if we wanted to go with our delay game, and we decided no, we wanted one more score,” Young said. “The Messer kid hit some shots late that really hurt us. He got on fire late. We lost him a few times. We helped over too much on the high post when we should have been on him as a shooter. Those are experiences we’ll learn from. We did a good job in the first half of not letting him have many touches.”

Washington had chances down the stretch, but couldn’t pull even.

“We just went stagnant over the last three minutes,” Young said. “We had some really good looks at the basket. I thought our kids executed the plays pretty good when we ran them. We just missed some shots that we needed to go in.”

Suggs paced the Blue Jays with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Morgan added 11 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Carpenter finished with 10 points. Subke and West both scored two points.

Jacob Huxol, Menke and Walsh also played.

Washington was 8-10 from the foul line and 6-20 from three-point territory.

“We had opportunities. Our kids played hard. We executed pretty well defensively. We caused fits with our matchup,” Young said. “We’re undersized every game, but our matchup is keeping us in there because we’re trying to outsmart people with how we’re guarding.”

Washington’s girls and boys host Timberland Friday. The varsity girls game starts at 4 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 5:30 p.m. The JV games will be played in the little Blue Jay gym.

“I haven’t lost any confidence in our kids, but I think our kids have lost confidence in themselves. They’re searching to find that shot back. It will come,” Young said. “It’s only December. It’s the longest season of any season you play. We have a lot of time left that we’ll be able to make up and get better throughout the rest of the year.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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