Make it three in a row for the Lady Jays.
Washington (4-1) won its third game in a row and became the first to defeat Hermann (6-1) this season, doing so on the road Tuesday.
The Lady Jays got up 13-8 after the first quarter and led 26-18 at halftime. Hermann battled back, but still trailed 36-31 after three quarters of play.
“Our kids really rose to the occasion,” Head Coach Doug Light said. “We pretty much led from wire to wire... We got a lead and played really smart with the lead for the second game in a row and didn’t do anything to beat ourselves.”
Light said Hermann always presents a tough challenge, particularly when they play at home. He said Hermann was able to take away things that his team wanted to do, like applying the full-court press. Hermann was able to quickly traverse the floor with long passes that forced Washington out of the press early.
The Lady Jays were able to battle Hermann inside, despite a size disadvantage. The Lady Bearcats won the rebound battle by just two, 30-28.
“I thought we played on the boards really well,” Light said. “They have a lot of size and I was really happy with the way we guarded them inside.”
Nichole Brinker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the young season. The Lady Jays have seen nothing but good things happen since shifting Brinker to point guard after the second game of the year. She also dished out three assists.
“She’s the kind of kid that makes everyone better, and a good point guard does that,” Light said.
Jackie Arnold posted 14 points in the contest, nine of which came in the clutch during the fourth quarter. She added four rebounds and two assists.
Reese Arnold did all her scoring, six points, during the first quarter to help the Lady Jays jump out to an early advantage. She also pulled in six rebounds with two assists and a steal.
Jessie Huxol and Brooke Robinson scored four points each for Washington and Bria Hasenjaeger added three points.
Robinson grabbed five rebounds with an assist.
Hasenjaeger pulled down two rebounds and Huxol finished with one rebound and one assist.
Mary Beth Reust was credited with one assist.
Hermann got the bulk of its scoring from Brooke Grosse, who finished with 16 points.
Quincy Erickson had the second-highest tally for the Lady Bearcats with eight points.
Other Hermann scoring came from Allison Stiers (six points), Caraline Brune (five), Emma Godat (four) and Elly Krueger and Tess Schannuth (two each).