EDDYVILLE — The first game of the girls basketball season went well for the Washington Demons Monday, at least until the fourth quarter, but it was the second game of the year for the home team.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont battled the Demons to a tie of 8-8 at the end of the first quarter and led 25-21 at halftime. Each team scored 12 points in the third frame but a 15-6 advantage gave the Rockets a 52-39 win over Washington.
In her varsity starting debut, Josie Tanner was a deadeye from downtown for the Demons with a 5-of-12 shooting night from beyond the 3-point line. All 15 of her points were long range. She added four rebounds and three steals. 15 Pts. from the 3pt line Tied for lead in rebs with 4 and had 3 steals. “She did a great job of shooting the ball and just played a very good first game of varsity minutes,” Washington head coach Shannon Rugg said. “I was proud of how well she played.”
Rugg said Tanner has been diligently working on her shooting form since he became the coach. This season is his third at the helm.
“She has waited for her turn and she took advantage of it,” Rugg said.
Also in her first varsity start, Rugg said Makenna Conrad “played a very good game for us” and produced eight points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists.
“Anna Nacos played a good game and made some good passes to get some people wide open looks,” Rugg said. Nacos contributed six points, five assists, two rebounds, two steals and defense that resulted in foul trouble. She had to sit for a long period of time but “I thought she did some really good things for us,” Rugg said. “She is the only girl that has varsity minutes from last year, so we are going to rely on her a ton right now while the young girls come along.”
Greta Rothe had five points, six steals, two rebounds for the Demons.
“Greta was all over the place and I thought she got better the longer the game went,” Rugg said. “She has a lot more confidence in herself this year and I think she will have a really good year for us. Elyse Hunt did a good job of playing the middle of our zone and banging down low with some big kids.”
Kaylin Long, Alex Murphy, and Taylor Bartholomew all came off the bench for Washington and “played outstanding,” Rugg said. “With a group of young athletes that we are playing this year, I think we will show signs of huge improvement throughout the year. This group has really been working hard for each other and that will pay off in the end.
“Good things are happening for the Demons this year.”