A pair of losses at the Visitation Christmas Tournament dropped the Lady Jays from the quarterfinals and into the seventh-place game.

Washington (5-3) took a 61-23 loss to unbeaten Edwardsville (Ill.) Tuesday night and followed up with a third-round loss, 58-51, against Hazelwood Central (5-5).

The losses sent Washington into a seventh-place game with Parkway North to conclude the tournament Thursday.


The Lady Tigers (12-0) rolled to a quarterfinal win against Washington Tuesday to close out the day’s action in dominant fashion, 61-23.

Edwardsville, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, held the Lady Jays below 10 points in each quarter.

“It’s very rare that our team runs into something like this, probably the worst defeat we’ve had in quite some time at Washington High School,” Washington Head Coach Doug Light said. “They’re a good team, but I think we’re better than we showed. I told them today during our shoot-around and our film session I was a little concerned. It just didn’t seem the same to me, and I told them they’ve always flipped the switch and been ready, so I’m going to expect that to happen and we didn’t do that.”

Myriah Noodel-Haywood, committed to play next year at Kansas State, led all scorers with 20 points for the Lady Tigers. She was the second NCAA Division I recruit the Lady Jays drew in the tournament, having previously gotten by Webster Groves and KK Rodriguez (Tulsa) in the first round.

Edwardsville held a 13-7 lead after the first quarter, but things started to get out of hand in the second period and Edwardsville went into halftime leading 37-15.

“Early, I thought it looked like we were going to compete and then suddenly it just unraveled,” Light said. “All of a sudden, they were controlling the boards, they’re getting the shots, they’re beating us down the floor... and we’re turning the ball over, which we normally don’t do. I guess to me, that might say we looked at this Edwardsville team and said, ‘Boy, I don’t know if we can beat these guys.’ You go into a game like that and that’s not always a good thing.”

The Lady Tigers extended that lead to 53-22 after three quarters.

Most of Washington’s scoring came from Reese Arnold, who finished with 11 points.

Jackie Arnold scored five and Nichole Brinker three. Bria Hasenjaeger and Brooke Robinson both finished with two points apiece.

Edwardsville had a pair of other scorers in double digits — Rachel Pranger (16) and Kate Martin (10).

Jaylen Townsend scored six for the Lady Tigers and Rachel Vinyard three. Quierra Love, Megan Silvey and Lauren Taplin each scored two.

Hazelwood Central

Wednesday was another big scoring game for the Arnold twins, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Lady Hawks.

Jackie Arnold led all scorers with 23 points and Reese Arnold was close behind with 21.

Nichole Brinker added six points for the Lady Jays. Brooke Robinson was the only other scorer for Washington with one point.

The Lady Jays held a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, but were held to just five points in the second period and went into the half down 19-18.

Jackie Arnold finished the third quarter with three consecutive three-point makes to tie the score at 39 going into the final period.

Kelsie Williams led Hazelwood Central in scoring with 18 points. Nikayla Hill was next with 14.

Kourtney White scored eight and Jakayla Kirk and Nariyah Simmons each finished with seven.

Rodnisha Brooks and Christina Richards each chipped in two points for the Lady Hawks.