Washington girls split weekend games
The Washington High School girls’ basketball team dropped a road conference game at Fort Madison 54 – 49 on Friday, Feb. 7 but rebounded by winning at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, 51 – 31 over Tipton.
The Demon offense seemingly never got going on Friday night at Fort Madison until the fourth quarter when Washington drained 22 points to try to overcome a 33 – 27 deficit entering the fourth quarter. Unfortunately the Bloodhounds matched the Demons basket for basket to get the win.
On Saturday at home Washington came out and looked every bit the aggressor that they need to be to win games, especially in the second quarter. The Demons outscored the Tigers 24 – 1 before halftime to take a 36 – 12 lead that they never relinquished.
“It was nice to be able to get a lot of our kids in the game. We had 10 students score tonight and I’m pretty happy with the way the whole evening turned out. It was nice to be able to build our confidence because we have three opponents left that we haven’t beaten yet. We still have some stuff in the half-court that we need to work on,” Washington head coach Phil Long said.
The real highlight of Saturday could have been the Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraiser, however. The event, benefiting Long’s Relay for Life Team, was able to raise over $2,500 toward cancer treatments.
“I was very proud of the way the community came together, especially on such short notice. The girls and everyone did a great job of organizing everything. We’ll make sure all that money goes to some deserving local family for their health care expenses caused by cancer,” Long added.
On Friday night senior Stephanie Fishback had two assists. Senior Grace Redlinger led Washington with five steals. Fishback also blocked a shot.
Fishback led Washington in assists again with three. Redlinger and junior Dylan Schluetter both had four steals.
The Demons are now 11 – 7 overall, 2 – 3 in SEIC games. Washington takes the court again on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Keokuk.