The Washington Demon girls ended their season last night after losing 51-15 to Cedar Rapids Xavier at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
At the start of the game it looked as though it was going to be a close game with Grace Redlinger driving to the basket and scoring layups and nailing a three point shot.
Mid-way through the first quarter, Demons leading scorer Lauren Kimball rolled up on her ankle, and came out for most of the half and then for the rest of the game played with a limp, the Demons trailed 19-7 after one.
Cedar Rapids Xavier then did what they did to Solon in the fourth quarter to us in the second. Washington failed to score any points in the second quarter, as Xavier went on a 11-2 run in the second quarter to keep the score 30-7 at halftime.
Out of the halftime Washington put some points on the board, but Xavier went shot for shot with them not allowing them to gain any ground as they still trailed 37-14 after three, and then as if it was ground hog day Washington could not score in the fourth quarter until Beth Dillon went to the line and made one of her two free throws.
Xavier out shot the Demons, and despite Washington leading the state in free throw attempts, Xavier out shot them at the charity stripe 27-8.
Washington was led by Redlinger with nine points.
Demon head coach Phil Long talked about what made the game as tough as it was.
“It’s more than just Kimball getting hurt, I talked to the Kennedy coach before this game started, and he said ‘If they call it close you have a chance, but if they let it be physical you’re in for a long evening,’ and they let it be physical and we obviously were in for a long evening,” Long said.
Washington wraps up their season with a conference championship and a trip to the regional final game.