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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:30 pm | Updated: 12:29 pm, Thu Jan 10, 2013.

With the Washington Lady Jays rallying in the third quarter, the Helias Lady Crusaders turned on the overdrive on the way to a 55-36 victory in the opening round of the Union Tournament Monday.

“We knew we were going to have to work really hard,” Helias Head Coach Doug Light said. “Adam (Fischer) has his kids playing really hard. We’ve seen a couple of games and knew they wouldn’t quit playing hard. That’s how he is and that’s how his kids are.”

Helias (9-3), the second seed, struggled at times against Washington (5-5). The Lady Crusaders led 12-7 after one quarter, getting a three-point basket near the end to extend the lead after eight minutes of close play.

“I felt my girls came out a little sluggish this evening and turned the ball over a few times early in the game, but to our credit, they settled down and started to play pretty good basketball for a while,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer.

At the half, Helias extended its lead to 11 points, 27-16, and was up 37-24 after three quarters.

“We tried to keep our focus,” Light said. “When you’re the No. 2 playing the No. 7, you’re thinking someone would dominate. This wasn’t your typical No. 7 team so we had to work hard to keep our focus. They’re a team that can come back on you.”

But Washington cut the gap to 37-28 with 7:07 to play. After a timeout, Helias responded with an eight-point run to end any possibility of a Washington comeback.

“We had two three-minute stretches that hurt our chances in the game,” Fischer said. “Within this six minutes, Helias outscored us by 15-20 points. The other 25-plus minutes my girls battled hard and played a solid game of basketball. We are getting close to playing a complete game, but when you play great teams like Helias, you have to play all 32 minutes. They are a well-coached team that plays hard every minute of the game.”

Light said Helias worked hard to limit Washington runs.

“I told the kids that if we have any lapses, they’re going to take advantage because they play so hard,” Light said. “If you play hard as an underdog, you can get yourself right back into the game.”

Washington returns to action Thursday at 7:15 p.m., taking on third-seeded Eureka in the consolation semifinals. The winner advances to the consolation game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The loser plays for seventh place at 1 p.m.

Helias gets sixth-seeded St. Charles West, a 36-35 winner over Eureka, in the championship semifinals Friday at 7:15 p.m. The winner of that game plays for the title at 5:30 p.m. Saturday while the loser goes for third place at 4 p.m.

Monday night’s game started quickly for defending tournament champion Helias, which scored the first four points.

Washington fought back and tied it on a Courtney Kedroski basket off a steal. But Helias got an inside bucket from Hillary Hentges and a three from Kelsi Bernskoetter to go up 12-7 after a quarter.

Washington came out fighting to start the second quarter, but Helias showed how quickly it could turn on the offense, pushing a 13-point run before the Lady Jays could respond. Washington hit the last two baskets of the quarter to soften the deficit at the break, 27-16.

Every Washington surge in the third quarter was met by a Helias reaction. And Bernskoetter continued to toss in threes at key moments to help Helias hold a 37-24 advantage after three quarters.

The Lady Crusaders also benefited from Bre Zanders, who blocked a number of shots during the game, particularly in the second half.

Washington opened the fourth quarter with a Kirstie Leslie Basket. Megan Bauche then hit a three-point shot and Washington trailed by single digits again, 37-28.

But Helias clamped down defensively while scoring the next eight points to put it out of reach. Veterans Zanders, Hentges and Taylor Hagenhoff scored baskets with Hentges getting two buckets. With 4:49 to play, Helias held a 45-28 lead.

While the outcome was pretty much determined at that time, Washington never stopped trying to get back into the game.

Hagenhoff and Zanders tied for the scoring lead with 13 points apiece.

Hentges scored 10 points for Helias while Bernskoetter added nine.

Molly Light hit a three-point basket for her points.

Taylor Ashcraft, Mai Niehueser and Emma Verlues scored two points apiece. Darcy Baird ended with one point.

“We got everyone into the game,” Light said. “For the most part, we’ve been playing about 12 kids. We like to rotate our kids in. We’re getting minutes out of a lot of other kids and that’s helping us a lot.”

Leslie led the Lady Jays in scoring with 12 points and Washington suffered when she fouled out with 2:54 remaining in the contest.

“Kirstie Leslie played her heart out for me all night and she deserves a lot of credit for playing with that kind of intensity all night,” said Fischer.

Kedroski was next with seven points.

Kaitlin Evans and Bauche scored four points apiece.

Paige Carpenter, Megan Freitag, Rachel Kackley and Alex Ready netted two points apiece. Helena Ballmann ended the game with one point.


In the second game of the night, sixth-seeded St. Charles West (8-4) upset third-seeded Eureka (8-5), 36-35.

Eureka started out with a big lead in the opening quarter, 12-2, but fell off after that.

Eureka was up 19-14 at the half and St. Charles West grabbed the lead after three quarters, 30-28.

Kacy Eschweiler led the Lady Warriors with 16 points.

From there, St. Charles West received five points from Lizzie Matejka. Ashley Haupert, Jensen Houdyshell and Jessie Schmidt scored four points apiece. Megan Graves ended with two.

Kelsey Tepen led Eureka with 13 points. Mia Fiore followed with nine points while Lindsey McCoy scored six, Mallory Proffer netted four and Casey Plank ended with two.

Former New Haven Head Coach Dave Luecke is an assistant coach with Eureka.

Light coached two other tournament teams and was a past head coach at both Union and Borgia. He was Borgia’s athletic director as well during Fischer’s time with the Knights.

Light was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association hall of fame in 2011 and has an overall record of 532-229.

“It seems that Madison Prep is a program just starting out,” Light said. “The other seven teams are very good. It’s probably the strongest overall field in this tournament in a long time.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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


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.


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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