The Washington Demon basketball teams make their way north to Marion tonight for a double header.
Both teams are coming off a physical game against West Branch in which the teams split.
The Demon girls come into the game at 5-2, and on a three game winning streak. Washington has begun to shoot the ball better from where they were at the start of the season, shooting 56 percent from the free throw line now, and 30 percent from the floor. The Demons have toned down the turnovers as well as they were averaging 20 per game, and only had about 20 in the last two combined.
The Demons are led by the three returning seniors in Grace Redlinger with 11 points per game, Dema Giardino with 10 points per game and Stephanie Fishback with 8.7 points per game.
Marion has had a rough start to their season, sitting at 1-5. The Indians are efficient from the floor, but are only shooting 45 percent from the charity stripe and scoring 41 points per game.
They are led by Amanda Sahm with 12.2 points per game and Michalyn Mohr with 11.8 points per game.
Demon head coach Phil Long said he’s not looking past Marion, but they are more worried about fixing things he can control with practice.
“We’re not looking past Marion, don’t get me wrong, but [Monday night] out focus will be cleaning up what we need to clean up, not so much what Marion can do to us, but what we can do to Marion,” Long said.
On the boy’s side, the Demons gave up a lead and a win against West Branch over the weekend, and need to bounce back in tonight’s game.
Washington’s turnovers and perimeter shooting are what dictates games, as the Demons like to take a lot of outside shots from just inside the three-point arc or beyond it. The Demons move the ball very quickly as well, which causes them issues with turnovers.
The Demons are led by Mason Quigley with 11 points per game, but despite the number, any Demon can take over the top spot in a game.
Marion is 2-3 this season, scoring 61.6 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent from behind the arc. The Indian’s difference in score per game is only -1.4.
Daly Quinn is the leading scorer for Marion with 15.0 points per game, Craig Engle has 14.8 points per game, and Quinn Cannoy is third with 13.2 points per game.
Tonight’s game is at Marion with the girl’s tip-off at 6:00 with the boy’s to follow, and you can hear this game right here on AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com under radio plus with pregame at 5:30 for the girls and tip off at 6 and the boy’s game to follow. The one to count on for today’s local sports coverage is AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com.