Golden Eagles girls fall at Washington Court House

Chris Hoppes Civitas Media

December 26, 2013

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — The Washington Lady Blue Lions hosted former South Central Ohio League rival Madison-Plains in a make-up game Monday night, Dec. 23.

Washington rolled out to a 23-2 lead en route to a 50-25 victory over the Lady Eagles.

Junior Carleigh Chaffins was the game’s leading scorer for Washington with 17 points. She hit two of Washington’s four three-point field goals.

Junior Emma Anderson had eight points and junior Morgan Harper came off the bench to score six points.

For Madison-Plains (4-4) Macy McCollister led with 10 points.

It was a very cold shooting night for the Lady Eagles, hitting just 8 of 37 attempts from the field for 22 percent.

The game was Madison-Plains’ third in four days, which no doubt took a bit of a toll on the Eagles.

Madison-Plains missed its first 10 shots Monday night, while Washington hit 6 of its first 12 field goal attempts for a 14-0 lead.

Madison-Plains got on the board with a field goal from Kaleigh Whitaker with 25 seconds to play in the first quarter.

The Lady Lions led 14-2 after eight minutes of play.

Washington then went on a 9-0 run, building its lead to 23-2 with over five minutes remaining in the second quarter.

From this point forward, the total scoring was 27 for Washington to 23 for Madison-Plains, but the 21-point deficit was too much for the Lady Eagles to overcome on this night.

“For our team, during practice we always are talking defense, defense,” Washington head coach John Persinger said. “We seem to show a lack of offense at times, because we put so much effort into our defense. We feel like we have to play defense first and then hang in there, offensively.

“Tonight, we shot the ball a little better,” Persinger said. “For Madison-Plains, this was their third game in four days and they looked tired, I thought.

“It was nice to see the shots falling tonight,” Persinger said. “Everyone contributed tonight. It was a nice win.”

“We didn’t have our legs tonight,” Madison-Plains’ head coach Chris Laslo said. “We beat East Clinton Saturday (Dec. 21) by 34 points. We thought we’d be able to put on a better performance today than what we did, so, we are very disappointed. We did the best we could do tonight.”

Madison-Plains is 2-2 in the Ohio Division of the Mid-State League. Their next game is at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27 taking on Springfield Central Catholic in the McDonald’s Holiday Shootout at Greeneview High School.

Washington (5-5) is at Huntington on Monday evening, Dec. 30.

Wash. — 14-15-15-6 — 50

MP — 2-8-11-4 — 25

Washington — Emma Anderson 2-4-8; Emily Bath 2-0-4; Carleigh Chaffins 3 (2)-5-17; Kaylee Noel 1-0-2; Chelsea Warning 1 (1)-0-5; Morgan Harper 3-0-6; Tori Merritt 0-0-0; Sydney Walker 0-0-0; Wendy Hawk 2-0-4; Bailey Jenkins 0 (1)-1-4. Totals: 14 (4)-10-50. Free throw shooting: 10 of 16 for 63 percent. Field goal shooting: 18 of 52 for 35 percent. Three-point field goals: Chaffins, 2; Warning, Jenkins. Turnovers: 13.

Madison-Plains — Macy McCollister 1 (1)-5-10; Riley Varney 0-0-0; Kaylin Dill 0-0-0; Macailyn Mall 0-0-0; Kaleigh Whitaker 1-0-2; Hailey Mayabb 1-0-2; Christa Bowshier 0-1-1; McKayla Wilson 0-0-0; Hayley Faulkner 1 (1)-1-6; Courtney Davis 0-0-0; Savanna Nelson 2-0-4; Tara Busemi 0-0-0. Totals: 6 (2)-7-25. Free throw shooting: 7 of 13 for 54 percent. Three-point field goals: McCollister, Faulkner. Field goal shooting: 8 of 37 for 22 percent. Turnovers: 15.

Washington wins

JV game with


The Lady Lion junior varsity team improved to 7-2 on the season with a 37-31 win over Madison-Plains.

Alexis Gray was the game’s leading scorer for Washington with 14 points.

Sydney Walker scored seven and Wendy Hawk added five.

Elizabeth Jones scored four points for Washington, Bailey Jenkins had three and Maddie Helterbrand and Kaylee Noel each chipped in two points.

Kylee Davis and Christa Bowshier each scored 10 points for the Lady Eagles.