Washington concluded the Visitation Christmas Tournament Thursday on a three-game losing streak.
After a first round victory against Webster Groves, Washington (5-4) dropped a pair of games to Edwardsville (Ill.), the eventual tournament champion, and Hazelwood Central. As a result, the Lady Jays found themselves playing in the seventh-place game Thursday, where they lost 63-59 to Parkway North (8-3).
“It was tight the whole way,” Washington Head Coach Doug Light said. “It was quite a battle. ...It just came down to the end and they executed a few things that we didn’t and that was the deciding factor.
The Lady Jays controlled the first period, leading 19-11, but Parkway North chipped that lead down to one, 31-30, at the half. The Lady Vikings led 42-38 after three quarters.
In the final period, Washington took back the lead twice, the last time on a three-point shot from Reese Arnold that made it 59-57 Washington with 1:34 remaining. However, Parkway North closed out the last 94 seconds by putting through the last six points unanswered.
Reese Arnold and Jackie Arnold continued to lead the team in scoring for the tournament. Both were named to the all-tournament second team and Reese received the tournament’s Ledbetter Winning Play Award. It was the second consecutive year for the award to go to a Washington player. Kyra Hardesty was the recipient last season.
Reese Arnold finished the game with 22 points and Jackie Arnold with 19.
“They shot the ball really well,” Light said. “North is a very good defensive team. They’re very quick and it took us a while to adjust, I think.”
The Lady Jays also got 13 points from Nichole Brinker.
“They really pressured her a lot,” Light said. “She struggled with it a bit, but then she had a good fourth quarter. She scored seven points in the fourth quarter and started attacking them quite a bit more.
Brooke Robinson rounded out the Lady Jays’ scoring with five points.
Parkway North got the bulk of its points from Amaya Stovall, who scored 25.
The Lady Vikings also got 15 points from Je’Naiya Davis and 14 from Mackenzie Rhodes.
Other Parkway West scorers included Addison Lampert with six points, Diamond Sullivan with two and Cailyn Stacker with one.