Patriots move past break-even mark

INWOOD — The best part of Washington’s girls basketball game with homestanding Musselman came in the second quarter where the Patriots more than doubled the Lady Applemen’s scoring output.

Washington was able to erase the seven-point deficit it had faced after the first quarter and eventually trimmed the Lady Applemen, 49-48, last Thursday at the Charles Cline Court.

Trailing 15-8 after one quarter, the Patriots then outscored the Lady Applemen by seven points in the second quarter as the teams left the floor at halftime tied at 21-21.

After outscoring the pink-clad Lady Applemen by five points in the third stanza, Washington outlasted a late Musselman three-pointer to hold on for the one-point victory.

The Patriots slipped back over the break-even mark and had a 10-9 overall record. Musselman was 6-10 overall after absorbing the homecourt loss.

Some shaky free throw shooting jeopardized Washington’s late lead, but eventually a 10-for-20 (50 percent) showing from the foul line was enough to get the win that will count toward the seeding for the Class AAA Region II, Section 1 tournament.

Jackie Hess scored 14 points for the Patriots, who went 17-for-53 from the field as a team. Kirsten Doleman had eight points, Morgan Adams added seven points, Kylie Nelson chipped in six points, and despite going 3-for-12 (25 percent) from the field, Alycia Lambert also had six points.

Making 6-of-20 (30 percent) of her field goal attempts, Brianna Caison had 15 points for the Lady Applemen. Mary Casto made 8-of-9 free throws and added 14 points. Casto scored seven of Musselman’s eight first-quarter points.

Washington had prevailed with its scoring in the last three quarters where it had 41 of its 49 points.

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