The Washington Demon basketball teams will forget the weather as they host Keokuk tonight for a conference double header.
The Demons are both 1-0 in the conference season, despite some struggles for the boy’s team as of late.
For the Demon girls, they are looking to win the conference again, and with Keokuk having one loss this season, the Demons are looking to give them a second to help their chances with another conference title.
Washington took care of business at Marion on Tuesday, by scoring the most points that they have in the first half of play, despite ice cold shooting behind the three-point arc. Washington is led by Grace Redlinger with 11.6 points per game. She is followed by Dema Giardino and Stehpanie Fishback who both have a little over nine points per game.
Keokuk will look to their two scorers with over 10 plus points per game, with Lakyn Boltz and Trinity Jeffers. Boltz is shooting 43 percent from the field and almost 50 percent from beyond the arc with 31 shots. The Chiefs also have players to back up them up, but the depth of the team ends at just eight players.
Demon head coach Phil Long said Keokuk already has one conference loss on the season, and a second one might just knock them out of a conference title chance.
“Quite honestly we already have Keokuk on the ropes, we just need to knock them out. They already have one conference loss, and I think you can maybe have two total, and maybe tie for the conference title like we did last year with two losses and won the title, that’s probably possible again this year, but to start out prior to Christmas, and Fairfield is 0-2 already, Ft. Madison could be 0-2 to start if Mt. Pleasant can get them, Keokuk could be 0-2 and that would leave us and Mt. Pleasant facing off right after Christmas which would be huge,” Long said. “It is very important that we make it very tough on Keokuk to fight for a conference title by going in and knocking them off at our place, and then go into Christmas and open some presents.”
In the boy’s game, Washington has won just one game this season, coming against conference opponent Fairfied. That was also the best game team wise Washington has put together this season.
The Demons are coming off their worst loss of the season against Marion, and need to bounce back to get any momentum into the holiday break. The Demons are shooting just 38.5 from the floor and 26.8 percent from three-point range, placing them in the bottom quarter of the class in shooting.
The Demons have a different leading scorer every night, but are currently led by Thomas Bump with 9.4 points per game, while Gage Redlinger has 8.8 and Mason Quigley has 8.4.
Keokuk is 1-3 as well and have had their struggles, Washington will mainly need to watch out for point guard Johnny Dahl.
Demon head coach Bryce Smeins said Keokuk is a tough team, and that Dahl is their biggest worry.
“Home game right before Christmas, we will need control Johnny Dahl offensively, and they’ll press, so handle the press. I though we handled the Marion press very well, we just didn’t handle it once we got across,” Smeins said. “We’ll need to keep Dahl from going crazy and shooting us out of the gym, and keep them off the glass.”
Washington and Keokuk play tonight at Washington with the tip-off of the girl’s game at 6:15 and the boy’s to follow. You can hear this game right here on AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com under radio plus with pregame of the girl’s game at 5:45 and tip-off at 6:15 with the boys to follow. The one to count on for today’s local sports coverage is AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com.