The Washington Demon basketball teams traveled to West Branch on Saturday and split the double header.
The Demon girls went in and got the job done, despite a hacking and slashing type game in which the referees swallowed their whistles for both sides and let the teams play it out.
Washington led the whole game except after the first quarter that was tied 11-11. The Demons struggled a little with shooting the ball from the perimeter, but the defense on Paige Miller and Haley Poula made up for it, only allowing them 14 combined points despite a significant size difference.
Washington took the lead 24-20 into the locker room and never looked back on their way to the 49-41 win.
Washington was led by Grace Redlinger with 15 points, while Dema Giardino and Stephanie Fishback both scored 11.
The Demons were also about 60 percent from the free throw line for the second game in a row.
In the boy’s game, Washington looked to take control of it late, before the game got out of control for them. West Branch, who had not won a game into this one, seemed poised to not let this one slip away.
Washington led at the half by five, 24-19, but In the second half the Demons would make many bad passes and mistakes that would leave the door wide open for West Branch to march back and take the lead 34-33 after three. The Demons shooting went ice cold in the second half, and once again the referee’s swallowed their whistle for both teams and let the boys play.
In the fourth Washington found their groove again and took another lead, before a three ball and a long two by Lucas Lamont tied it back up, and with free throws down the line and a missed three-pointer by the Demons to try and tie it up, the Bears got their first win of the season and the Demons took their third loss.
Washington was led by Gage Redlinger with 10 points, while West Branch got 22 from Lamont.
The Demons will hit the road North tomorrow when they travel to take on Marion.