The Washington Demon girls basketball team starts their season on Monday, and the starting five will look drastically different than it did last year.
The Demons lost four of their five normal starters from last years Regional final team, including leading scoring Lauren Kimball, Beth Dillon, Sammy Ellingson and Johannah Vittetoe. On top of the starters, Washington loses some quality bench as well, with Mariah Reighard, Natalee Enfield and Olivia Hartzler.
Washington does bring back a couple of top scorers from last year, and what they may lack in size and height they make up for in speed. Stephanie Fishback and Grace Redlinger return for their senior season, combining for 301 points last year and 103 steals. Senior Dema Giardino will also see some playing time at point guard, taking over for the graduated Kimball. Giardino had 16 assists last year with 29 steals and 77 points.
As far as in the paint Washington will look to Sydney Hoffman and Addie Shive to move some bodies and try and post up for the Demons.
Head coach Phil Long said with game one on Monday, Washington may not have a set starting five, and that could be the case all season.
“Our starting lineup has the ability to change on any given night based on what our opponent brings to the table, so our first give is only going to be as good as our second five, and then the next four or five are going to be rotating into those varsity uniforms, and I think it keeps them hungry,” Long said.
Washington kicks things off on Monday when they host Eddyville Blakesburg for the first game of the season at Washington. The Demons will play the Washington County rivalry against Mid-Prairie on December 3rd, and will start conference at home on December 13 against Fairfield.