The Lady Jays were able to end the Webster Winter Challenge on a high note Saturday.
Washington (11-9) won its last game of the tournament, besting Cor Jesu (7-13), 64-47, in the seventh-place game.
Jackie Arnold’s 29 points led all scorers and ranked fifth in the tournament’s history at the time. However, the record of 33, set by Incarnate Word’s Napheesa Collier against Belleville East in 2013, was eclipsed in the next game by Webster Groves’ KK Rodriguez, an NCAA Division I recruit for Tulsa, who scored 34 as the Stateswomen defeated Parkway Central in overtime for consolation.
Other single-game marks ahead of Arnold’s on the all-time list for the tournament were that of St. Joseph’s Academy’s Maddie Stock, who scored 32 against Hazelwood Central in 2012, Lauryn Miller’s 32 for Kirkwood against Incarnate Word in 2017 and Collier’s 32 against Ft. Zumwalt West in 2014.
Collier currently plays at UConn. Miller currently plays at UCLA. Stock went on to play for Mizzou, graduating in 2016.
Rodriguez’s 89 points on the week set the tournament’s best three-game mark, topping the former record of 80 set by MICDS’ Taylor Baur in 2016. Baur currently plays at Princeton.
“So her name’s up there with some of the kids that are playing in D-1 currently,” Washington Head Coach Doug Light said of Arnold’s accomplishments this week. Her 67 total points in three games at this year’s tournament ranks eighth all time in the tournament’s history, dating back to 2009.
Reese Arnold wasn’t far behind her twin sister Saturday, finishing with 22 points.
Both Arnolds tied for their own second-best rebounding performances of the season.
Reese Arnold led the team with nine rebounds while Jackie Arnold grabbed seven rebounds and added two steals.
In total, the team posted 31 rebounds.
“That plays a big part in it too,” Light said. “We didn’t give them many second chances.”
Brooke Robinson also broke into double figures with 10 points. She recorded two rebounds.
Nichole Brinker rounded out the Washington scores with three points. Brinker led the team in steals with three and assists with two.
Bria Hasenjaeger and Jessie Huxol pulled down four rebounds apiece. Huxol added one steal.
Washington led 21-16 after one quarter and 40-32 at the half, but Light said the Chargers ended the half with the momentum, biting into what had been a bigger lead.
“We just felt we were going to have to answer them right away and get that momentum back, and not only did we answer, but we clamped down on them defensively and took one of their best players away,” Light said.
Washington held the Chargers to just six points in the third quarter and just 15 in the second half. The Lady Jays led 48-38 after three quarters.
Cor Jesu was led in scoring by Molly Hummel with 18 points.
The Chargers had one other player go over 10 points in the contest, Reis Carlson with 11.
Other Cor Jesu scorers included Claire Brinkmann with six points, Ann Leiber and Elizabeth Klaesner with four points each and Sydney Henry and Jessica Solon both with two points.