Washington girls’ basketball begins second half of season with two wins
The Washington Demon girls’ basketball team came away with two wins this past weekend after a long winter break.
On Friday, Jan. 3, the team beat Davis County with a score of 62 to 53. Head coach Phil Long said the team had a season high for points Friday night before their game on Saturday, Jan. 4, against Burlington.
“We had a new season high against Davis County,” Long said. “Then we came back and played Burlington Saturday night and had another season high. We had 52 scoring attempts, which is a new school record.”
The girls won against Burlington with a score of 72 to 50.
Long was happy with his team’s performance against both teams. Saturday night the girls showed what they are capable of against Burlington.
“We started off really well,” Long said. “In the first quarter the girls scored 14 points and the score was 22 to 11 at the end of the first quarter. It was 39 to 27 by half time. ”
The team executed the offense extremely well against Burlington, Long said, and played their full court press well.
“Defensively, the press has been extremely good and is just starting to click,” Long said.
The one thing Long would like to see his girls improve on is their free throws.
“We missed 13 free throws in the first half,” Long said. “During half time I had a heart-to-heart with the girls about their free throws. We came out in the second half and only missed seven more, so there was some improvement there.”
He said as the season goes on the free throws are getting better among the team collectively.
Another thing Long will work on with the team is conditioning. At the game Saturday he saw the girls begin to get tired.
“During Christmas break with the holidays being on Wednesday we weren’t able to have a full week of practice,” Long said, “and Friday night we didn’t get home until 11:30 p.m. from that game. Then Saturday morning we had a run-through before the game against Burlington at 8:30 in the morning. By 4:30 p.m. when we played, the girls were tired.”
Grace Redlinger and Amber Salow led the team with 14 points, according to the stats from the team. Dema Giardino also scored 13 points atSaturday’s game.
The next game will be against Fort Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 7, which will be played at home.