Demons suffer loss in OT
Shooting continues to plague the Washington girls’ basketball team.
This time it cost them their first loss after missing six straight free throws to close the fourth quarter.
Williamsburg ranked No. 5 in Class 3A took advantage of these misses to hold on for a 55-49 win in overtime, Thursday.
It was the second overtime that the Demons had played in just three games into the season.
“I’ve said all along that this team doesn’t have the power to blow anyone away,” said head coach Phil Long. “We have a chance to win every game we are in. They are all going to be close.”
Early on it didn’t look like Washington had a fighting chance as it fell behind 16-3 with two minutes left in the first quarter. After a timeout Washington went on a 6-0 spurt to end the quarter.
“I challenged my kids to be a little bit more competitive,” Long said. “
The Demons continued their comeback and knotted the game at halftime.
“To tie it up was pretty admirable, especially on the road,” Long said. “Had we stepped up to the line and made some free throws it would have been our game to win.”
The Demons took a four-point lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on after several miscues and poor shooting from the line.
“We had some crucial turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch, that allowed them to put the game to overtime” Long said. “In overtime once again we had a couple key turnovers.”
In the extra session Washington’s shooting woes continued. The Demons went 1 for 7 at the line.
“We shot the ball much better (early),” Long said. “We were shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line in the first half, but got cold in the second half. We needed it most in overtime.”
Raiders’ guard Paige Greiner — who committed to play at Drake — ran the show late for her team.
“She is probably one of the better guards in eastern Iowa,” Long said. “She became a one-woman show and wouldn’t give the ball up.
While Washington shot 36 percent from the floor, it did enjoy its best shooting night from distance in the young season.
Washington dialed up 5 of 11 on shots from distance.
Fishback and Salow led the team with 9 points, each. Salow made two of her three 3-pointers.
Giardino had 8 points on 2-for-4 shooting from behind the arc, and Hoffman had 6 points.
The team’s 23 turnovers, showed inexperience, according to Long.
Grace Redlinger had six rebounds to lead the team. Sydney Hoffman had five rebounds as the team out-rebounded the Raiders 35-25.
“Our kids are small,” Long said. “Every game we have won the rebounding battle, which goes to show how hard these kids are working.”
Washington plays at Solon at 5 p.m., Saturday.