The Washington girls basketball team got a big win at home on Saturday.
After beating Keokuk and Mt. Pleasant on the road, they came back to host Ft. Madison in a makeup game to get the final win of the season, and they did in Demon fashion, winning 43-37.
The first half wasn’t the prettiest for Washington, but they hung with the Bloodhounds.. Washington went to the line quite a bit in the first half, but only went 3-10, which didn’t help the score; the Demons trailed at half 19-18.
Washington came back out in the second half and got wound up, and found their offense again while the defense came to life. Morgan Kimball came off the bench and led the team, scoring 11 of her game high 14 in the third quarter. The Demons also went 9-10 in the third quarter from the free throw line to lead after three 38-32. Both teams scored just five points in the fourth quarter, despite the Demons again going to the line multiple times, but they couldn’t buy a free throw. It didn’t matter though, as the defense held and the Demons won to put them in second place in the Southeast Conference.
After the game Demon head coach Phil Long talked about the week of wins for the Demons.
“Well you figure that all three of these teams that we haven’t defeated in our prior meetings, to try and go on the road and go 2-0, especially against your conference champion and the second place team in which we tie with, as we will be tied with Mt. Pleasant for second place after [Saturday's] victory, and then to go avenge a loss that quite honestly knocked us out of an opportunity to play for a conference title, when we played down at Ft. Madison. It was a rather ugly event, but one of them was bound to be,” Long said.
Kimball led the way with 14 for Washington, followed by Stephanie Fishback with 10, and Dema Giardino and Grace Redlinger both had eight.
Washington plays their first round of the regional playoffs on Wednesday, when they host Fairfield.