The Washington girls basketball team throttled Kankakee again.



The Lady Panthers led by 20 points after one quarter Nov. 17 en route to a 65-22 season-opening win over the Lady Kays in the Pontiac Thanksgiving Tournament.



“We wanted to come out and get control of the game as soon as possible,” WCHS head coach Randy Marchand said.


The Washington girls basketball team throttled Kankakee again.

The Lady Panthers led by 20 points after one quarter Nov. 17 en route to a 65-22 season-opening win over the Lady Kays in the Pontiac Thanksgiving Tournament.

“We wanted to come out and get control of the game as soon as possible,” WCHS head coach Randy Marchand said.

Three players were in double figures for Washington, which doused Kankakee by 61 points last year in the event.

Moriah Peterson paced the Lady Panthers with 13 points. Lexi Grayer and Jennica Hipes provided a dozen apiece.

Washington’s all-senior starting line-up  helped the team attain a 7-0 lead in the first 2:30.

Hipes came off the bench and gave the girls an immediate spark with eight first-period points, including 4-of-5 free throws.

“She’s a burst of energy, she’s quick,” Marchand said of Hipes.

The Lady Panthers ended the quarter on a 17-0 burst.

Washington held Kankakee to one second-period field goal to expand its margin to 37-6 by halftime.

Six different players scored in the frame, a sign of things to come on a night when all 10 varsity players saw extensive time.

A 15-5 spurt in the third increased the Lady Panthers’ lead past 40 with 3:09 left in the quarter.

Dani Frye and Grayer provided two baskets apiece, and Peterson added an old-fashioned three-point play during the salvo.

Peterson’s three-pointer in the waning seconds of the period, her second of the contest, stopped a 7-2 Lady Kay run and made it 57-19.

A running clock in the fourth ended the game quickly.

Paige Marchini capped a nine-point night with a pair of buckets before Taylor Kuykendall got in the scoring column.

“Paige was hitting. She looked good,” Marchand of the junior.

Taylor Lester was active on the boards and getting her hands on loose balls.

“She always is aggressive,” Marchand said of Lester.

Narkeeda Mobley, who had eight points, was the only Kankakee player with more than five.

Ottawa 44, WCHS 35
With 16 points Thursday, Grayer poured in nearly half the Lady Panthers points on the second day in Pontiac.

Washington outscored the Lady Pirates 15-7 in the fourth quarter, but could not come all the way back.

Frye had six points as the only other Lady Panther with more than four.

Ottawa sophomore Kelcie Rombach’s 19 points led all scorers.

Chicago Morgan Park 77, WCHS 37
The Lady Panthers fell Friday to the talented Chicago Public League foe.

Marchini and Frye delivered big nights for Washington with 10 points apiece.

Peterson added seven points and Lindsey Boyer six, but five Morgan Park players were in double figures.

The Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Panthers by at least nine points in every quarter.

Washington was proficient from the arc, as four players combined to make seven threes.

Raven Nelson’s 16 points led Morgan Park, which is a first-year tournament entrant like Joliet Catholic.

WCHS 56, LaSalle-Peru 47
A 17-8 first-quarter bulge helped the Lady Panthers down the Lady Cavaliers Saturday.

The result gained fifth-place status for Washington (2-2), which is now off until Tuesday.

Boyer broke out with 15 points to lead the Lady Panthers, who finished first in six of the last seven
Pontiac tournaments.

There were many offensive contributors for Washington in the finale.

Lester had eight points, Peterson and Frye seven apiece and Marchini and Hipes both tallied six.

Brooke Bambrick was 3-of-4 from the line for a team that attempted 25 shots from the charity stripe.

L-P was led by Michelle Batty’s 14 points.