Shorter-range baskets were the difference Thursday between the Lady Lions and Lady Jays.
Ft. Zumwalt East (14-6, 5-2) scored a 60-40 conference win at home against Washington (1-20, 0-8) to complete a season sweep of the Lady Jays.
Washington was still able to roll out to a 10-2 lead to start the first quarter and led, 12-9, at the end of the quarter after a pair of Cierstyn Jacquin three-point shots.
“Unlike the last two games, where we fell behind by a large deficit before chipping away to get back in the game, this time we jumped ahead, 10-2, against a very good Zumwalt East team that includes one of the top players in the St. Louis area — 6-2 forward Liz Behan,” Washington Head Coach Doug Light said.
Jacquin scored in double figures for the third game in a row, leading the Lady Jays with 17 points in the contest.
Behan scored all nine of Zumwalt East’s first-quarter points and ended the first half with 18 points to her credit as the Lady Lions went into the intermission with a 25-18 lead.
The Lady Lions pulled away in the third quarter on a 29-point effort in the period and led, 54-28, going into the final eight minutes.
“They just got on a roll and we could not stop their momentum in the third quarter,” Light said.
In addition to her 17 points, Jacquin had four rebounds and blocked a shot.
Paige Robinson was next for the Lady Jays with eight points. She added three rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block.
Nakya Kriebaum notched seven points with three rebounds and three steals.
Ingrid Figas, Halaina O’Bryant and Sammi Wang scored two points each. Clara Evans and Joie Heien both added one point.
Avery Street led the team in rebounds with five.
Jessie Huxol and Figas both recorded three rebounds. Huxol added four assists and three steals.
Evans and Sara Heggemann each turned in one rebound and one assist.
Heien grabbed one rebound.
Grace Landwehr was credited with an assist.
Behan’s 27 points led all scorers for Zumwalt East.
Jaelyn Head (10 points), Lauren Stern (eight), Yasmine Edmonson (five), Emilee Wright (five), Macie Farrier (three) and Maiya Woelbling (two) combined for the remainder of the Lady Lions’ scoring.
The Lady Jays conclude their nonconference schedule at home Tuesday against Cor Jesu at 7 p.m.