Washington Evening Journal
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WASHINGTON - Washington celebrated its seniors Monday then played Williamsburg in basketball with the Demon boys taking a 78-61 win, but the girls falling 49-22.
The boys had 21 assists on 30-of-51 field goals. Ethan Patterson scored 23 points on 8-of-12 field goals, including 4-for-7 3-pointers.
Lance Sobaski (7-for-9 field goals, six rebounds, two steals) and Travis Leyden (7-for-13 including 2-for-5 treys) each scored 17 points. Lucas Kroll (eight points) had 11 rebounds with Trashaun Willis (nine points) grabbing five. Kroll, Willis and Noah Suchan each had four assists and Suchan scored four.
Williamsburg was able to get within 32-26 after the Demons had a 20-10 lead after a quarter but it was 57-45 by the end of the third. The Demons host Keokuk Friday for the Southeast Conference title.
Seniors honored were Thomas Bias, Zac Stout, Suchan, Willis, Wilx Witthoft, Anna Nacos and Josie Tanner.
Williamsburg's girls hit six threes in the first half, but the Demons started the second half on a 10-point run but went cold. Alex Murphy scored 10 points.
'Anna and Josie have been positive outstanding leaders for us,” WHS coach Shannon Rugg said. 'They play hard and have helped our program's culture in ways that we'll see for years to come.”
Stark said it feels like Willis, who over 600 points and 400 rebounds in his career, has always been a key part of the team, earning varsity minutes as a freshman. 'He has been a good leader for us.”
Suchan has put in his time during his four years and earned a role on this year's team. 'Noah has been a great example of a player that only cares if the team wins over himself.”
Wilx Witthoft has been a great addition and a great teammate. 'He has worked hard everyday to make himself and his teammates better.”
Stout, out every year, is the energy guy. 'Every time he is in the game, he is giving 100 percent and getting rebounds to set up his teammates. He only cares about winning!”
Bias is also a four-year player. 'He has always been a great addition to our team. He works hard in practice, making his teammates better.”