Lynchburg-Clay junior Peyton Scott led all scorers with 17 points, Thursday night vs. Washington. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Lynchburg-Clay junior Peyton Scott led all scorers with 17 points, Thursday night vs. Washington. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
DODSONVILLE — Returning to the court for the first time in five days, both the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs and Washington Lady Blue Lions took a few moments to warm up, but it was Washington who got the hot hand for a majority of the non-conference game Thursday night, defeating the host Lady Mustangs, 53-32.

Lynchburg-Clay didn’t have the best of starts to begin the game as they were held to just seven points in the opening quarter, as they faced a one-loss Washington team and for the second consecutive game faced a tough opponent as their game this past Saturday was a loss to Southeastern.

“Washington is a good team, we knew that coming in,” LC head coach Whitney Lewis said. “They have some talented players, and we just didn’t show up tonight. Our effort wasn’t there, our discipline wasn’t there and I felt like on either side of the ball, we weren’t ready to go out. When you play a good team, it is going to bite you, and that was the case tonight.

“It was our first game back from the break, and we’ve played two tough teams in a row. Hopefully we learn from the two losses and get better for the rest of the season.”

Facing a Washington team on Thursday that returned most of their lineup from a season ago, the Lady Mustangs trailed 12-7 after the first frame was complete, and when halftime arrived they trailed by a 30-14 score as the Lady Blue Lions outscored LC, 18-7 in the second frame.

In the aforementioned first frame, LC scored the first points of the game with a 3-pointer by Zoe Fittro. Following two points by Washington’s Rayana Burns (who totaled eight points in the win), Peyton Scott increased the LC lead to 5-2. Scott led LC with 17 points and nine rebounds.

That lead was eventually erased by the visitors with points from Shawna Conger and Bre Taylor for a 5-5 score with around 4:00 left in the first frame. Taylor ended the game with 10 points, and teammate Conger totaled seven points.

That was the first and only time the score was tied in the game as Washington controlled the remainder of the first quarter with a 7-2 run in the final four minutes for a 12-7 lead.

LC was the first to score points again to start a quarter with a jumper by Scott in the second, who took the basketball the length of the court before scoring two points, getting LC back to within three points of Washington. Washington extended their lead with a 3-pointer, but LC answered with a free throw from Logan Binkley.

From the 5:30 mark of the second to the buzzer, Washington outscored the Lady Mustangs, 15-4 for the halftime score of 30-14. In that span of scoring, Washington’s Hannah Haithcock scored eight of those points. For the game, Haithcock finished with a team-high 13 points, with four two-point baskets, one 3-pointer and a 2-of-2 performance from the free-throw line.

LC outscored the Lady Blue Lions 12-9 with LC having points from Scott, Fittro and Abby Blankenship, including a 3-pointer by Fittro — who totaled eight points in the game — with 3:28 left in the quarter. For LC in the third, Scott scored seven points with a 3-pointer of her own with 39 seconds remaining on the scoreboard.

Washington had points from Burns, Maddy Garrison, Conger and Haithcock in the third.

In the final eight minutes Washington outscored LCHS, 14-6. Washington held the Lady Mustangs to three baskets in the frame with two baskets by Scott and one from Binkley as Binkley finished with five points against Washington.

The Lady Blue Lions had points from Burns, Taylor, Kassidy Hines, Halli Wall and Maddy Jenkins.

In all, every player on the Washington roster scored at least two points as Washington went 6-of-11 from the free-throw line while totaling 13 two-point baskets and seven 3-pointers. LCHS totaled eight two-point baskets, three 3-pointers and were 7-of-8 from the free-throw line as Blankenship, Scott and Fittro all were 2-of-2.

Next for the Lady Mustangs is a Southern Hills Athletic Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 4 against Whiteoak.

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On Saturday, Dec. 23, the Lady Mustangs lost a non-conference game to host Southeastern by a 62-53 score at SEHS.

The non-conference showdown between the Lady Mustangs and Lady Panthers saw LC score seven points in the first frame and 12 in the second, while SEHS scored 15 points in the first quarter, then added 16 more in the scored frame for a halftime lead of 31-19.

In the third, LC came out of the locker room strong with 23 points, while Southeastern scored 17 points, leaving SEHS in front by a 48-42 lead. In the fourth, LC was outscored 14-11.

LC was led by Peyton Scott with 26 points, making 10 two-point baskets, and she was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Zoe Fittro followed with 11 points, with three 3-pointers and going 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Also scoring points for the Lady Mustangs in the loss to SEHS were Emily Pinkerton with five points, Abby Blankenship with four points and Serena Smith with three points. Rounding out the LC scoring were Kaylee Lunsford and Logan Binkley with two points each.

The Lady Mustangs finished with 14 two-point baskets, four 3-pointers and were 13-of-15 from the free-throw line.

For SEHS, leading in scoring was Ella Skeens with 22 points, followed by Skyler Hice with 15 points and McKinley Mitten with 13 points.