Demons come from behind again
The Washington High School boys’ varsity basketball team once again found itself facing a double-digit deficit at home. Once again, they found a way to overcome it and earn a non-conference victory over the Lone Tree Lions on Monday, Feb. 3.
After trading buckets through the first four minutes of the game, Lone Tree took a 10 – 7 lead on a traditional 3-point play and was able to expand that advantage to take a 17 – 13 lead into the second quarter.
The Lions used an early edge on the glass to go on a 15 – 9 run in the second quarter to build their lead to 32 – 22 by halftime.
The Demons switched to a man-defense in the second half and it paid dividends.
“I saw us doing a lot of standing around in our zone and it wasn’t working. We weren’t very active on defense and they were pretty comfortable,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said. “We switched to man and were able to put a lot more pressure on them.”
Washington battled back and an offensive rebound/put-back by junior Daryn Sebelius with 1:37 left in the third quarter shrank the Lone Tree lead to just 39 – 37. The Lions got a field goal on the ensuing possession to boost their lead back to 41 - 37. Junior Gage Redlinger then hit a 3-point basket to cut the Washington deficit to 41 – 40 with 29 seconds left in the third quarter and that would be the score going into the final eight-minute period.
Lone Tree outscored the Demons 5 – 1 over the first three minutes of play but junior Thomas Bump got Washington going with his two-point basket at the 4:48 mark to cut the Lion lead back to just two points. The teams traded misses for nearly a minute before junior Blake Weidman hit a 3-pointer with 3:59 remaining to give the Demons a 47 – 46 lead.
Two lead changes followed before senior Mason Quigley hit a jumper to give Washington a 51 – 48 edge with 1:47 left on the clock. Quigley followed that by hitting a free-throw to give the Demons the final 52 – 48 advantage.
“I’m proud of our guys for hanging in there and not quitting down the stretch. We stuck together, played smart and were able to survive,” Smeins added.
As a team Washington shot 2/3 from 3-point range and 12/14 from the free-throw line. The Demons made 21 field goals, grabbed 22 rebounds, stole the ball seven times and made 12 assists.
Quigley led Washington with four assists. Bump had three steals to pace the Demons.
Washington is now 5 - 8 overall, 1 - 2 in conference play Weather providing, the Demons will be back on the court at home against Keokuk on Tuesday, Feb. 4.