Late 3-pointer lifts Mid-Prairie over Washington JV girls
Washington had a four-point lead over Mid-Prairie with 35 seconds remaining in Tuesday’s junior varsity girls’ basketball game, but the Golden Hawks rallied to win 28-27 on sophomore Ashley Sojka’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
The Demons led 27-23 and were at the free-throw line with 35 seconds remaining, but missed both foul shots. After a Mid-Prairie basket, a turnover gave the ball back to the Golden Hawks, and Sojka tossed in a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the game.
“They ran a double screen, and we got around it, but she just threw it in,” Washington head coach Jay Zieglowsky said. “It was just one of those shots. I told the girls after the game that when you lose a game on a 3-pointer where the girl just turns and throws it, it wasn’t meant to be.”
The Washington JV girls’ basketball team has struggled at the free-throw line this season, and Tuesday’s game was no exception. The Demons went 14-for-27 from the charity stripe and missed some key free throws down the stretch.
“We had a four-point lead, but we needed to hit free throws,” Zieglowsky said. “That’s been our nemesis all year. We’re losing by three or four points a game and missing 12 free throws a game. And it’s not like we don’t shoot them in practice.”
Sophomore Dylann Schluetter and freshman Amber Salow scored five points apiece to lead the Demons. Schluetter also had five rebounds and two steals in the game, while Salow had two assists and a theft. Junior Dema Giardino and sophomores Jordan Stout and Sydney Hoffman added four points apiece. Hoffman pulled down four rebounds in the contest, and Stout had three. Giardino had four steals. Junior Addie Shive and sophomore Elle Van Gundy both had two points and two rebounds, and freshman McKayla Miller had one point to go with two boards.
The Washington JV girls finished their season with a record of 11-10, and Tuesday’s loss was one of many narrow losses for the Demons.
“We didn’t get blown out in any game,” Zieglowsky said. “I think our biggest loss was 11 points, which says we were competitive. The biggest goal of the JV year is to get these girls better prepared for their varsity careers. I don’t know what we could have done better to get them ready for varsity basketball. I think the preparation that we’ve gone through this year for our future has been good. I think the future is very bright here.”