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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 1, 2014

Washington cruises to victory

By Derek Helling | Jan 20, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling Washington junior Sydney Hoffman drives to the hoop in the game against Oskaloosa

Washington High School’s girls’ basketball team continued its successful season on Saturday, Jan. 18, defending their home court against the Oskaloosa Indians 61-28 to notch another non-conference win for the Demons.
Washington’s full court pressure defense was very effective against Oskaloosa, especially in the second half as the Demons limited the Indians to only eight points in the final 16 minutes of play.
“We’re a small team so defensive footwork and quick hands have allowed us to win games against larger opponents. We can also play several kids and that keeps us fresh. We try to move the ball, have a lot of off-ball movement and try to force the defense to collapse in areas to give us open looks,” Washington head coach Phil Long said.
The Demons shot 37 percent (22/60) from the field in the game. 11 of their 22 field goals were assisted. Washington also recorded 21 steals. As a team they went 12/18 at the free throw line and 5/16 from 3-point range.
Senior Dema Giardino led the Demons with six assists. Senior Grace Redlinger had 10 steals to pace
Washington.
Washington is currently in a three-way tie with Fairfield and Mt. Pleasant atop the Southeast Conference, with six conference games left on its schedule.
“We have the opportunity right in front of us now to win our conference and go to state,” Long added, “For years our opponents have known that if they play us they are going to get 94 feet of pressure. We spend 20 minutes every night on full court pressure because that’s our style. This was a close game in the second quarter, then all of a sudden we rattled off three or four possessions. We can score points in bunches if we get it going.”
The Demons will be in action again on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Muscatine.

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