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Demons fall to Comets

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Feb 12, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling Junior Gage Redlinger surveys the West Liberty defense at home on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Redlinger scored five points in the game. Washington lost the contest 61 - 40.

The Washington High School boys’ varsity basketball team lost a home non-conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to the West Liberty Comets 61 – 40.
After West Liberty got out to an early lead the Demons battled back to take an 8 – 7 lead with 1:19 left in the first quarter on a lay-in by senior Elijah Wood. That led to a 12 – 7 Washington edge at the end of the first quarter.
“When they played us in man and we ran our offense we got some great looks,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said.
The Demons built upon that advantage early in the second quarter. Senior Walker Breard hit a 3-point shot with 4:37 remaining in the half to give the Demons a 23 – 11 lead. “[Breard] played by far his best game of the season on the offensive end. He was very active,” Smeins added. That would be the highwater mark of the evening for Washington, however.
The Comets went on a 14 – 2 run from that point to tie the game at 25 before halftime. In the second half West Liberty continued its assault on the Washington basket, outscoring the Demons 36 – 15 in the final 16 minutes to claim the victory.
“They went to a 1-3-1 zone and it gave us a lot of problems. We weren’t very active tonight. Basketball is a motion game. If the other team moves faster than you, you are at a disadvantage. West Liberty was much more active on both ends of the court tonight,” Smeins explained.
The Demons are now 6 – 10 overall, 1 – 4 in the Southeast Conference. Washington takes the court again tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 12) at home against conference foe Keokuk.

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