Washington used a stifling defense to take an early lead and run away from Eastern Greene 55-17 at the Hatchet House on Tuesday.
On a day when many schools around the state – including Washington – were closed as teachers descended on the Indiana State Capitol for “Red for Ed” day, the Lady Hatchets made Eastern Greene (1-3) see red in a different way, in the form of red ink on the offensive end.
Washington (3-0) forced 12 first half Eastern turnovers and allowed the Thunderbirds just 31 percent (4-13) shooting as the Lady Hatchets led 23-6 after one quarter and 33-12 at halftime.
Washington then held Eastern scoreless for the first 6:30 of the second half, a span which featured five more Thunderbird turnovers and six missed Eastern shots. The Lady Hatchets led 44-15 after three quarters. Overall Washington forced 19 turnovers and limited the Thunderbirds to 21 percent (6-29) shooting.
Kencia Levasseur led a balanced Lady Hatchet attack with 14 points, including 12 in the first half despite battling foul trouble much of the game. Ali Barber was next with 11 points, followed by eight apiece from Alaina Thorne and Hadley Faith. Melida Ajradinoska, Jesse Ledgerwood, and Quincee Healy added four points apiece, while Brianna James added a basket for two points.
It was the balanced scoring and overall team effort which impressed Lady Hatchet coach Gretchen Miles the most.
“You look at this group across the board here, balanced scoring. These kids just want to win, they do whatever it takes,” said Miles. “They share the basketball very well, we shot the ball well as a team too (62 percent). We shot the ball well, we shot well in traffic. And I know there were some easy shots in traffic these kids would like to have back.
“Kencia and Ali were both in double digits, those kids shot the ball well from the field also,” said Miles. “It’s just nice that in any given game you have somebody that’s going to put up the points, somebody who is going to get the deflections, the steals. It’s just everybody just doing their job.”
Kendal Hudson led the Thunderbirds with nine points.
Washington outscored Eastern 11-2 in the final quarter as Miles was able to empty her bench late in the contest.
Washington did commit 14 turnovers as the Lady Hatchets tried to play uptempo throughout the game. That turnover figure will need to come down against a strong Sullivan squad at the Hatchet House on Friday.
“We‘ve been working on hitting free throws and taking care of the basketball in practice, and that’s something we’ve got to do a better job of too,” said Miles. “When you play fast you’re going to have some of those turnovers, but some of the ill advised turnovers that we’re making, you can’t do that against really good basketball teams, which we’re going to find out come Friday night against Sullivan.”
Washington claimed the JV game 40-18. Bella Thorne topped the Lady Hatchets with eight points, followed by six apiece from Emma Dant and Taylor Walls. Next for WHS were Chloe Browning and James with five points each.