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Senior girls finish productive basketball careers

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Mar 06, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling This quartet of Washington high school seniors recently concluded their Demon basketball days. From left to right the young women are Grace Redlinger, Addisen Shive, Stephanie Fishback and Dema Giardino.

If someone were to ask you where he/she can find a quartet of high school girls’ basketball players who in 269 varsity games combined for 1,523 points, 734 rebounds, 421 steals, 240 assists and 39 blocks, you could tell them right here in Washington.
Stephanie Fishback, Dema Giardino, Grace Redlinger and Addisen Shive have recently finished their high school basketball careers with those combined figures. Those figures are of course the sum of the individual parts which are no less impressive when you separate them out.
Fishback was the player upon whose back Washington often placed its hopes to gain victory and her numbers are proof of that. Fishback finished her career having played 91 varsity games for the Demons from her freshman through senior years. In those games Fishback shot 34 percent from the field (149/442), 25 percent from 3-point range (33/133) and 52 percent from the free-throw line (98/187). Those numbers helped her accumulate 495 career points. Fishback’s other totals were 231 rebounds, 152 steals, 111 assists and 24 blocked shots.
Giardino’s numbers are nearly worthy of “Dema”-god status. In 63 varsity games Giardino shot 30 percent from the field (102/340), 18 percent (25/138) from behind the arc and 44 percent (77/174) from the charity stripe. Giardino’s point total was 356. She also amassed 142 rebounds, 97 steals, 61 assists and two blocks in her career.
Redlinger made her mark on Washington basketball over the past four years, often catching her opponents red-handed mishandling the ball. In 63 varsity games she shot 35 percent (176/499) from the field, 17 percent (37/217) from downtown, and 57 percent (112/196) in free-throws. Those numbers combined to give her 575 career points. Redlinger finishes her basketball career with 246 rebounds, 155 steals, 58 assists and nine blocked shots.
Shive made sure her basketball career thrived at Washington. In 52 varsity games for the Demons she shot 41 percent (31/76) from the field and 51 percent (35/68) from the free-throw line for a total of 97 points. Shive’s other career totals are 115 rebounds, 17 steals, 10 assists and four blocked shots.
Naturally, the Washington girls’ basketball program has benefited from the presence of these four young women. During the past four years, the Demons have gone 65 – 27 overall (.706) and 27 – 8 (.775) in Southeast Conference games.
Stephanie is the daughter of Brenda and Larry Fishback. Dema is the daughter of Greg and Yota Giardino. Grace is the daughter of Mark and Barb Redlinger. Addisen is the daughter of John and Jennifer Shive. All four live in Washington, are 18 years old and have been playing basketball for the past eight years.
The town of Washington has produced many talented girls in many sports through nearly 175 years. The names of these young women can be added to that list as their impact on Demon basketball has been felt for the past four years.

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