The Washington Middle School seventh grade girls’ basketball team played East Clinton in the finals of the Hillsboro Invitational tournament recently and was able to cap off their perfect season (14-0) by winning 43-27.
The tournament featured teams from the league and this was the third meeting of the season between the Blue Lions and Astros.
After a sluggish start to the game, the Lady Lions managed to lead 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Washington was able to settle their nerves in the second quarter to outscore East Clinton by 11 points to enter halftime leading 25-12.
The Lady Lions nearly doubled their lead at the end of the third quarter as they poured in 16 points and held the Lady Astros to only five points. Leading by 24 points entering the final quarter, the Lady Lions became somewhat relaxed allowing East Clinton to outscore them 10-2.
“I believe this was the worst game both teams played all year,” Washington coach Todd Wallace said. “East Clinton is coached very well and both of our squads were committing turnovers and making poor decisions with the ball whether we were pressured or not. Fortunately, we were able to score on transition lay-ups in the second and third quarters to give us the advantage in the end.”
The Haithcock girls combined for 22 points as Hannah scored her average of 12 and Raven was able to collect a season-high 10 points.
Taylor Smith finished with eight points and fellow post player Maddy “The Force” Jenkins netted seven.
Kassidy Hines, Megan Downing, and Tabby Woods completed the scoring with two points each.
Bre Taylor, Carly Dodds, and Emma Schall did not score in this contest, however they played a vital role in contributing elsewhere on the court.
To recap the season, the Lady Lions outscored their opponents by an average of 28 points per contest. Their largest margin of victory (55 points) came over Chillicothe earlier in the year and the closest contest was against East Clinton during the regular season with a 14 point margin of victory.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
W 10 15 16 2 - 43
EC 8 45 10 - 27