No. 9 Washington falls to No. 15 Oskaloosa
OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa was able to get to the free-throw line 34 times in Saturday’s game, and that proved to be the difference as the 15th-ranked Indians defeated No. 9 Washington 51-38.
“The biggest difference was the foul line,” Washington head coach Phil Long said. “They got to the free-throw line 34 times and made 19 of them.”
Washington (10-3) trailed 10-8 after one quarter of play, and then things got worse in the second quarter when the Demons got into foul trouble.
“We got into so much foul trouble that we had to play zone defense, and that’s not our strength,” Long said.
Oskaloosa (11-2) led 22-12 at halftime and 31-21 going into the fourth quarter. The Demons got within eight points midway through the fourth quarter, but the Indians salted the game away at the free-throw line.
Senior Kena Veldhuizen went 11-for-14 from the free-throw line and scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Indians.
“Veldhuizen was too much for us to handle,” Long said. “We had to stop pressing them late in the first quarter because she was dribbling it right through our press and either laying it in or dishing it off to a post player.”
Senior post players Taylor Crawford and Katelyn Hasselman added 10 and nine points, respectively.
Senior Lauren Kimball scored 12 points to lead the Demons. Senior Beth Dillon and junior Stephanie Fishback added eight points apiece.
“We knew they’d be a handful,” Long said of the Indians. “My biggest fear came through. We had that whole week off, and our timing was terrible. This time of year the kids want to play. They don’t want to practice. And that showed. It looked like coming out of the Christmas break all over again.”
The Demons will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the seventh-ranked team in Class 5A, Muscatine, for a non-conference game.
“Now we’ve got to focus on Muscatine, who at one time was ranked No. 1 in 5A,” Long said.