Lady Panthers continue mastery of Pontiac field

Bryan Veginski
Trophy time: The Washington girls basketball team went 4-0 to earn first place last week in the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Members of the team are, in front, from left: Jaymi Holloman, Amanda Nixon, Lexi Grayer, Jaquie Flanagan and Niki Nixon; second row: Moriah Peterson, Jennica Hipes, Sara Ohlman, Lexie Barra, Abby Clanin, Dani Frye and Lindsey Boyer.

Washington squeaked out a 50-48 girls basketball win over Ottawa Thursday on its second night at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

The Lady Panthers emerged with a victory over the event favorite as three players reached double figures.

Sara Ohlman drained a trio of three-pointers to pace Washington with 13 points.

Lexie Barra provided a dozen points and Jaymi Holloman 10 as the Lady Panthers overcame a four-point first-quarter.

Washington was ahead by two points at intermission before playing the Lady Pirates to a 33-33 deadlock in the second half.

WCHS 51, Morris 41: The Lady Panthers won their pool with a victory Friday.

Holloman had a team-high 16 points for Washington, which outscored the Redskins 24-15 in the second half.

Lexi Grayer notched 15 points as the Lady Panthers went 3-0 in Pool B action.

Ohlman, Lindsey Boyer, Barra and Moriah Peterson all had between four and six points.

WCHS 63, Mahomet-Seymour 34: The Lady Panthers belted the Bulldogs Saturday in the championship game.

Washington (4-0) won the Pontiac title for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Ohlman was hot from beyond the arc with four three-point baskets during a season-high 20-point afternoon.

Holloman, Grayer and Jaquie Flanagan all chipped in 10 points for the Lady Panthers.

Holloman (12.8 points per game) and Grayer (12.0 ppg) were named to the all-tournament team.

Ohlman led the squad with a 13.0 ppg average over four days.

Up by five at halftime, Washington dominated M-S with a 24-5 third-quarter margin.

The Lady Panthers’ season resumes Tuesday at Normal Community.