MUSCATINE — Monday Washington High School played at nonconference foe Muscatine where it won the boys basketball game 50-44, but lost the girls game 44-24.
Sophomore Kasen Bailey led the Demons in scoring for the second game in a row, pouring in 19 points. He canned five 3-pointers, a 2-pointer and made both of his free throws. Trashaun Willis sank two triples on his way to 10 points.
“It was a big win for our guys against Class 4A competition,” WHS coach Collin Stark said. “Our game was another game of runs. We were down 12-9 after the first quarter, but quickly took control of the game in the second quarter. Our defense was the difference in this game.”
Washington was up by 12 in the second quarter and led at halftime 26-18. The Muskies closed to within a point before a Demon went on a run of our own to end the quarter ahead 38-31 going into the 4th quarter. The Demons were able up keep the lead to 12 until around the 4-minute mark.
“Our free throws and handling pressure were the keys to getting the win in this game,” Stark said. “Our guys are continuing to work extremely hard at finishing games with the lead. I saw great growth in this game and am excited to watch this group keep taking steps to being more confident at the end of games. It was our bench that gave us key minutes in this game and contributed with scoring and on the defensive end.”
The Demons are 6-2 and host Fairfield Friday.
The Demon girls trailed 17-1 after the first quarter, 24-9 at the half and 34-21 after three quarters.
“They got off to a hot start shooting the ball and built some confidence,” WHS coach Shannon Rugg said. “They played a very physical game and we just could not get anything going on offense. After the first quarter, we got things figured out a little better and did some good things.”
Addison Six produced six points and nine rebounds while Demon teammate Olivia Pacha had four points and three rebounds. Anna Nacos had six points, Emma Herr four while Kinsey Duwa and four points and two rebounds.
“I thought both Kinsey and Anna did a good job of driving the ball to the basket, Rugg said. “This group has done a good job of responding all year, so I look forward to our game against Fairfield on Friday. That is a big game for us.”