Washington’s boys basketball loss Friday to Holt was a tough one to swallow.
Not only did the Blue Jays lose their senior night contest 70-64 to the Indians, but they missed a chance to share the GAC Central championship.
Ft. Zumwalt North’s win Friday over Ft. Zumwalt South meant that North and South both have two conference losses. North has one conference game remaining against Holt.
Washington (13-10, 5-3) would have been ensured a share of the league crown had it won on Friday.
The Blue Jays led 54-43 after three quarters, but were outscored 27-10 in the fourth quarter.
“Holt, give them tons of credit. They came here and played with a higher intensity level. We let them get almost every loose ball. With a lead, we got stagnant. We made too many turnovers,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “We didn’t play to the expectations of Washington basketball. The players are very disappointed. We let each other down as a team.”
Brad Carpenter led the way for Washington with 18 points, 15 in the first half.
Ronnie Suggs finished with 14 points, 12 in the second half.
Dane Meyer chipped in with 11 points. Mike Morgan netted eight points. Jacob Mulkey scored seven points. Patrick Menke had six points.
Leading 31-30 at halftime, the Blue Jays had a 23-13 edge in the third quarter, but the tide turned in the final eight minutes.
“Just like in life, it all came down to how much you want to go for something. There’s so many life lessons,” Young said. “We didn’t want to win as much as Holt did. We lacked emotion and energy at times and they had it from the beginning.”
Holt (8-13, 2-4) went on a 16-4 run to start the fourth quarter to take the lead.
“It was very uncharacteristic with how we’ve played in practice and in games over the last two weeks as far as execution and energy goes,” Young said.
Washington plays at Oakville Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and hosts Warrenton on Thursday. The varsity boys game on Thursday begins at 6 p.m. and the JV boys play at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Blue Jay Gym.
The Blue Jays are seeded third for the Class 5 District 10 Tournament at Northwest. They play second-seeded Rolla in the semifinals Monday at 7:30 p.m.
“The kids are going to have to pull themselves together. The seniors need to provide some leadership. We have to have some leadership from our kids, especially at the end of the season,” Young said. “We started 5-0 in conference and lost our last three games. The kids need to realize what they want out of the season and how they want to finish.”