Demons overcome sluggish start to defeat Tipton
TIPTON — A night after an overtime win at rival Mt. Pleasant, No. 11 Washington got off to a bit of a slow start at Tipton on Saturday, trailing the Tigers 8-7 after one quarter of play.
But the Demons outscored Tipton 16-3 in the second frame and rolled to a 46-36 win.
“It was one of those typical deals where we had a big emotional overtime victory and then had to try to follow that up the next day,” Washington head coach Phil Long said. “We were behind 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, but then got a big defensive stop and rattled off some points. Our goal was to get out of there with a win, and that’s what we were able to accomplish.”
The Demons held the Tigers to just 15 points for the game’s first three quarters.
“Defensively, we were awesome,” Long said.
Washington (10-2) won its seventh straight game despite being without starting forward Johannah Vittetoe, who missed the game with a concussion. Starting point guard Lauren Kimball was also playing through an injury. But 10 of the 11 Demons in uniform scored in the win.
Junior Grace Redlinger scored 10 points to lead Washington, and senior Beth Dillon had nine. Junior Stephanie Fishback had seven points to go with eight steals, and Kimball chipped in four points, nine steals and five assists. Junior Dema Giardino came off the bench to contribute six points.
“That was easily Dema’s best defensive and offensive minutes,” Long said. “She’s really starting to come along.”
Junior Kara Gravert scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Tigers (3-8), and junior Jill Kofron added 11.
The Demons now have a week off before playing at Oskaloosa on Saturday.