An early lead helped ensure the first GAC Central win of the season for Washington Tuesday.

The Blue Jays (9-10, 1-4) defeated Ft. Zumwalt North (2-15, 0-5) at Blue Jay Gym, 57-50.

Washington led 16-7 after one quarter and 29-16 at halftime.

“I thought we did a really good job jumping on them early,” Washington Head Coach Grant Young said. “We got a 15-point lead at one point and we held them to a couple of single-digit scores in the first half. We also had five different guys scoring in that half, so we were spreading the ball around well.”

Conlan Jarvis led the Jays with 19 points, one of three Washington players to score in the double digits in the contest.

Ryan Hoerstkamp was next with 15 points and Cason Suggs scored 11.

Zach Subke added five points. Zach Harms scored three and the Blue Jays got two points each from Rett Corley and Tommy Ruether.

“We did our job at the free-throw line,” Young said of Tuesday’s performance. “We were 17-23 for the game and we also made them turn the ball over and that helped us to get to the line.”

Ft. Zumwalt North cut into the lead in the third quarter, outscoring Washington 15-9 to cut the lead to a 38-31 Washington advantage going into the final eight minutes. That was the only period that went in the Panthers’ favor.

“It was good to jump on them early, but it was kind of hard for us because we haven’t played with a lead much,” Young said. “We definitely didn’t want to relinquish that.”

Marco Powells led Zumwalt North with 18 points.

Grant Rapplean wasn’t far behind, scoring 16 for the Panthers.

Other Zumwalt North scorers were Jeff Lewis with eight points, Ronald Cross with six and Kyle Bampton with two.

Young said the chemistry between his team’s different lineup combinations are starting to improve after an injury-plagued start to the season that has caused the team to play without point guards Jarvis and Subke for stretches of time. The team is currently playing without starting forward Alec Brinkmann.

The Blue Jays have six regular-season games remaining on the schedule, five against the rest of the GAC Central. They next play at Ft. Zumwalt South Friday at 7 p.m.