Demons fall to Bloodhounds
Tuesday, Jan. 28 was Senior Night for the Washington High School boys’ basketball team and the Demons were hosting tenth-ranked Fort Madison in a Southeast Iowa Conference game. By the time the final buzzer sounded the Bloodhounds had claimed a 65 – 52 victory over the Demons.
“We had a lot of really good looks both in the lane and on the perimeter. We just couldn’t get a shot to drop when we needed it to drop. There were just a lot of plays here and there that if we could have made it would have been obviously to our advantage,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said.
The Bloodhounds got off to a 20 – 13 first-quarter lead and expanded that advantage to 34 – 25 by halftime. The Demons started to turn the momentum in the third quarter with a renewed defensive and rebounding effort to cut that lead to 45 – 39 by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“They have some good scorers and we were able to keep them under control. Our defensive effort was pretty good and we stuck to the game plan,” Smeins continued.
Washington rattled off four unanswered points early in the fourth to cut the Fort Madison lead down to 45 – 43 and got a defensive rebound going back the other way. A 3-point attempt to take the lead missed and a Bloodhound defensive rebound led to Fort Madison’s junior Nagel David hitting a 3-pointer to take the momentum back. The Bloodhounds rebuilt their lead from there and took the conference victory.
Junior Thomas Bump led the Demons in scoring with 24 points. Junior Blake Weidman had 12 points. Junior Gage Redlinger had eight points. Senior Mason Quigley, senior Elijah Wood, senior Brett Wright and senior Walker Breard all had two points.
The Demons are now 4 – 8 overall, 1 – 2 in SIC play. Washington plays next at Keokuk on Friday, Jan. 31 in an important SIC conference game.
“Keokuk is a completely different animal. They are athletic, long and they press and really get after us. We need to focus on handling their pressure and dealing with their athleticism. They are a tough matchup for us. We played them to a two-point loss earlier in the year. Hopefully we’ll be able to split with them on the season. So we’ll keep plugging away here,” Smeins added.