The home opener for Washington Lady Jays basketball was a seesaw battle Monday.

In what was also Washington’s opening contest in Gateway Athletic Conference Central play, Wentzville Liberty (1-0, 1-0) defeated the Lady Jays (0-2, 0-1), 43-36.

Liberty held a 10-9 lead after one quarter, but Washington took the advantage with a 27-21 lead going into halftime.

The Lady Eagles pushed back ahead, 33-31, after three quarters.

Washington’s Halaina O’Bryant led all scorers with 13 points. Six of those points came during the second quarter where Washington outscored Liberty, 18-11.

“Halaina played with a lot of energy and controlled the boards during that period, even though we were undersized,” Washington Head Coach Doug Light said. “The second quarter was our best quarter of the year so far.”

Cierstyn Jacquin was next for the Lady Jays with seven.

Sammi Wang netted five points, Allie Huddleston four, Jessie Huxol three, Joie Heien two and Grace Landwehr two.

“There were some positives to take from this game,” Light said. “We are looking for improvement and saw that in some aspects of the game.”

Toni Patterson and Melanie Giljum combined to lead Liberty in scoring with 11 points each.

Grace Watson was next for the Lady Eagles with eight points.

Mia VanPamel added six points, Megan Kruse three, Mar’Shay Riggins two and Lamonya Lathon two.

Giljum and Patterson both neared double-double territory as Giljum pulled down nine rebounds and Patterson eight. Patterson also grabbed eight steals.

Riggins and VanPamel recorded five rebounds each. Kruse rebounded four, Laton three and Watson two.

VanPamel and Watson tied for the team lead in assists with four each. Patterson picked up two assists and Giljum one.

Lathon snagged four steals, Riggins three, Giljum two, Kruse two, Watson two and Zainub Ahmed one.

Patterson blocked four shots. Lathon, Riggins, Giljum, Kruse and VanPamel each blocked one.

Washington plays again Tuesday, on the road at Union at 5:30 p.m. as the first part of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader. The Lady Jays will return to Blue Jay Gym on Dec. 3 to take on New Haven.