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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.


Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield def. St. Peters

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — Washington vs. St. Charles, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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