Muskies erase double-digit deficit in win
MUSCATINE — Washington has been competitive in in its first two games of the season, having lost both games by 4 points.
“We have young kids playing that haven’t played a lot of varsity,” said Washington head coach Bryce Smeins. “We played two teams pretty well, so I am happy from that standpoint.”
But just like Saturday, it could not sustain the lead it held.
Washington led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter Monday at MHS Fieldhouse in a 58-54 loss. “We got up early in the game, and played really well,” Smeins said. “We got up 20-10 early in the first half. It went back-and-forth for a while. They caught us in the second half. It was a good game right down to the wire.”
Muscatine senior Adam Miller was fresh off a 31-point game in the season opener.
He was held to zero points in the first quarter. The rest of the way he was unstoppable with a game-best 23 points, including 10 in the second quarter.
“I thought we played hard on him and made him work for every point,” Smeins said. “When you hold a team to 58 you have a chance to win. Our guys played hard.”
The Demons attempted three fewer free throws than the Muskies made at 12.
“We got outscored from the free-throw line by 10 or 11,” Smeins said. “We need to quit turning the ball over.”
Smeins said the team had more than 15 turnovers in the game.
Senior Garrett Covington and junior Thomas Bump were the only players in double figures for scoring with 10 points, each. Junior Gage Redlinger, senior Walker Breard and senior Mason Quigley all had 8 points.
Seven of the eight players who saw playing time made the scoring sheet. Smeins said all these weapons are the team’s strength.
“Our team balance on offense,” Smeins said. “We have guys who can put it in the hole.”
Junior Daryn Sebelius and Redlinger had six boards, apiece.
“They did a nice job on the glass inside,” Smeins said.
Quigley, Redlinger and Bump all had two assists to lead their team.
Through two games Washington is holding its opponents below 60 points a game.
“We played pretty well and hard on defense, getting after people,” Smeins said.