Hickman got out of the Norm Stewart Classic with a win, but just barely.

The Lady Kewpies (1-3) got past Washington (1-1), 39-34, Sunday at Columbia College as part of the annual event that features 48 hours of continuous boys and girls high school basketball action. 

Head Coach Doug Light said the Lady Jays dug an early hole for themselves that they were unable to recover from.

“Their size, 6-4, 6-3 and 5-10, made it tough on us,” Light said.  “In the second half, our kids buckled down and really guarded well. We also held a 13-12 rebound edge over them in the second half.”

Hickman led Washington the whole way after opening the game on a 15-5 run. Hickman held a 16-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter and 24-15 at the half. Hickman won the rebounding battle by a 24-13 margin in the first half.

The Lady Jays shot just 12-44 from the floor in the contest.

Hickman held a 32-21 lead after three quarters.

Washington steadily chopped away at that lead in the final period, cutting it to six with four minutes to go. Washington came within a basket of completing the comeback as Jackie Arnold completed a three-point play to draw back to within three in the final minutes.

“The girls never gave up and cut a 13-point deficit to three with 1:28 to go,” Light said. “Hickman converted on their free-throw attempts at the end to put the game away.”

Arnold led Washington with 20 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Her sister, Reese Arnold, posted six points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Lady Jays also got four points from Nichole Brinker, three from Jessie Huxol and one from Mary Beth Reust.

Brinker also contributed two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Huxol grabbed three rebounds and one steal.

Bria Hasenjaeger pulled down four rebounds and Reust two.

Brooke Robinson posted one rebound and one assist.

Shannon Yockey led Hickman with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Other Lady Kewpies scores came from Taylor Spencer (six points), Emma Chapman (six points), Maci Kuchta (four), Kailey Johnson (four), Jessica Ragsdell (three) and Emily King (two).