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Washington Splits Against Marion, as Both Teams Experience Shooting Woes

Posted: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 8:30 am
Author: KCII Radio- Drew Shradel

The Washington Demon basketball teams split another double header last night, this time against Marion.

The Demons girls wound up and started the game with the most points they had in the first half with 31. Unfortunately, they also let in the most they have all season in a half with 27.

Washington got a lot of two balls, despite shooting 20 three-pointers in the game and only making two.

Demon head coach Phil Long talked after the game about the possible reason of going 2-20, and his reaction to the high scoring first half.

“Couple of firsts for us tonight, to have 31 at halftime, we haven’t had that many points on the board in the first half, but at the same time we gave up 27 and we haven’t done that either. So we had to make a few attitude adjustments at halftime to understand that we win by playing defense, and then we go from giving up 27 to giving up 13 in the second half,” Long said. “That’s also a factor, that once we wear you down your legs get tough and at the same time our legs used a lot of energy, and is probably part of the reason we are 2-20 from the three-point line.”

Washington kept a nine point lead into the third quarter, and won 51-40.

The Demons were led by Grace Redlinger with a season high 16 points, while behind her was Stephanie Fishback with 11. Washington was 13-20 from the free throw line as well.

The boy’s game was much different, in the first quarter it looked as though Washington had a chance to run Marion into the ground and get the win, but after leading 14-12 after one the Indians came back and took the lead and never gave it up, starting with a 21-19 lead at the half.

Washington scored just five points in the second quarter, but that was not their worst quarter. Despite Marion raining in threes in the third Washington was only five points behind after three, 39-34. Then the fourth quarter happened. Washington and Marion both spent some time in the freezer as the shooting was ice cold for both of the teams. Marion had the best chances to score with free throws and missed them all, and it was up to Blake Weidman to score the first points of the fourth quarter with 2:54 remaining in the game.

Unfortunately for the Demons once Weidman scored Marion opened up their offense. The Demons fouled and still struggled from anywhere on the floor as Marion ran away. The Demons had one more bucket by Thomas bump with 9.7 seconds remaining in their 48-38 loss. Washington scored just four points in the fourth quarter.

Thomas Bump was the leading scorer with 11, while Blake Weidman had nine. There was also a large free throw discrepancy, as the Demons shot just three time from the line, or five shots, while Marion had 23 free throw attempts.

Demon head boy’s coach Bryce Smeins talked after the game about what the difference is with the first and second half.

“If you watch the video, obviously I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m pretty sure when I watch it, in the first quarter we’re going to have pretty good movement and nice ball reversal and get pretty good action with all of our players, and in the second quarter we stand. Out offense comes to a complete standstill and we need to fix that somehow. We just talked about that in the locker room, we hold teams to 48 or 46, and you hold teams in the 40’s, you should be in good shape for a win,” Smeins said.

Washington moves on to host Keokuk on Friday for the final game before the holiday break.