The Washington Demon basketball teams are scheduled to make a long trip down to Keokuk tonight for a conference double header.
For the Washington girls, this will be a game that could yet again determine the conference standings at the end of the season. Keokuk and Washington are the only two teams that have just one loss, but this will be the first time these two teams will face each other, and the Demons have yet to play Ft. Madison.
Washington is coming off an ugly loss to Central Lee, where they were held below 40 points for only the second time all season, the first coming against 5A ranked Muscatine. Washington is averaging 52 points per game, but only hitting a third of their shots from the field and hitting 23 percent from beyond the three point arc. The Demons are led by Grace Redlinger with 14.5 points per game, and followed by Dema Giardino with 9.1 and Stephanie Fishback with 8.3.
Keokuk is 10-4, and coming off a high scoring loss to Mediapolis. The Chiefs are scoring 53.5 points per game, and hitting 38 percent of their shots from the floor and 29 percent of their shots from downtown. Their individual stats are almost identical with the Demons, with Lakyn Boltz out in front with 13.7 points per game, and behind her is Trinity Jeffers with 9.4 and Paige Kayvan with 8.6.
In the boys’ game, Washington will be in for another tough contest against a Keokuk team that beat Ft, Madison. The Demons had a better offensive showing in their game against Ft. Madison earlier in the week, and will need the same tonight. Washington is scoring 55 points per game and shooting just under 40 percent from the field. Thomas Bump is out on top with 11.9 points per game, and Gage Redlinger comes in right behind him with 10.3. Mason Quigley and Blake Weidman both come in with over eight points.
Keokuk is 4-5, losing to Mt. Pleasant and Ft. Madison at the beginning of the year, and a few teams from Illinois. They are scoring 53 points per game, and are hitting 41 percent of their shots from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Jonny Dahl runs the offense, and sits on top with 13.9 points per game, but he does have some help from Dante Davis with 11.6 points per game, and Brandt Ames with 10.7.
Tonight’s games are at Keokuk, with tip-off of the girls at 6:15 and the boys to follow, and you can hear both games right here on AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com under radio plus with pregame at 5:45 and tip-off at 6:15 of the girls, with the boys to follow. The one to count on for today’s local sport coverage is AM and FM KCII and KCIIradio.com.