Demons pick up key conference win at Keokuk
KEOKUK — No. 14 Washington jumped out to a 35-22 halftime lead at Keokuk on Friday night, and the Demons held off the Chiefs in the second half for a 58-51 win.
Washington came out on fire, making seven of its eight shots from 3-point range in the first half. Junior Stephanie Fishback went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half, and senior Johannah Vittetoe made both of her attempts. Senior Beth Dillon and junior Grace Redlinger both made a 3-pointer in the first half.
“I was watching us warm up, and we weren’t making anything,” Washington head coach Phil Long said. “I turned to [assistant coach] Jay Zieglowsky and I’m like, ‘Here we go.’ But we came out on fire.”
Still, Washington only led 21-18 at the end of the first quarter.
“We were shooting the lights out and were only up 21-18, so I knew we had to hunker down on the defensive end,” Long said. “We had a talk about that at the quarter break and went out and only allowed four points in the second quarter.”
Washington had four players score in double figures. Redlinger came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points, and Fishback added a career-high 13 points. Vittetoe had a career-high 11 points, and Dillon also scored 11. Senior Lauren Kimball chipped in seven points.
Senior Rachel Dunlap scored 20 points to lead the Chiefs (4-3, 2-1 Southeast Conference). Sophomore Bella Lozano-Dobbs added 13 points, and sophomore Lakyn Boltz made three 3-pointers and scored nine points.
Washington, the defending conference champions, improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in SEC play.
“Those are two big road wins at Fairfield and Keokuk,” Long said. “Our goal is to win them all at home and steal as many as we can on the road. So far, the plan has come together.”