Demons done in by Pella
PELLA – The Washington High School boys’ varsity basketball team’s season ended on Monday, Feb. 24 in the first round of district tournament play. The seventh-ranked in Class 3A Pella Dutch defeated the Demons 85 – 58 on the Dutch’s home court.
Pella got off to a 24 – 9 lead in the first quarter but Washington answered by outscoring the Dutch 18 – 14 in the second quarter to make the halftime score a manageable 38 – 27.
“Early in the game we got some point-blank looks that we couldn’t sink. That improved in the second quarter but they shot the ball really well,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said.
The Demons continued to be efficient on offense in the third quarter, posting 23 points in the eight-minute period. Unfortunately for Washington the Dutch answered them bucket for bucket and the score at the beginning of the fourth quarter was 55 – 50, Pella leading.
The Dutch amped up their defense again in the fourth quarter, limiting the Demons to just eight points over the final eight minutes of the game to end Washington’s season.
“I’m proud of the way our boys fought all night long. Pella is ranked so highly in the polls for a reason. We kept it within single digits for a good portion of the game and were able to keep the pressure on them,” Smeins said.
Junior Daryn Sebelius led the Demons in scoring with 21 points. Senior Mason Quigley and junior Thomas Bump both added 11 points. Junior Gage Redlinger had six points. Junior Blake Weidman and sophomore Derek Anding both had three points. Senior Elijah Wood had two points. Sophomore Jack Giardino finished the scoring for Washington with his point.
The Demons finish the season at 6 – 16. Four Demon seniors have played their last basketball game for Washington: Quigley, Wood, Walker Breard and Brett Wright.
“Those four guys improved a lot over their careers. We always have a tough schedule, but they have always played hard and practiced hard,” Smeins explained.
The projected returning roster includes several players who have had a lot of experience.
“We had four guys who started a lot of games as juniors this year and had some sophomores play as well. This offseason will be crucial for everyone in taking the next step to add improved skills to our experience for next season,” Smeins commented.