TIFFIN — The threat of a fire at the site of Saturday’s boy-girl nonconference doubleheader for Washington High School seemed to energize the two Demon teams.
While no fire was discovered, the search for one led to an hour delay in the start of the girls game.
Both Demon teams had hot starts but were extinguished by the end of their games.
The Washington girls lost 54-34 and the boys lost 68-62.
The final score was Clear Creek-Amana‘s biggest lead of the night in the boys game while the Demon girls put up 13 points in the first quarter and 10 in the second but only 11 in the second half and three of those were from a late trey by Madison Fishback.
The Clipper boys had some added motivation as the victory gave head coach Brandon Club his 200th win in a game that reeked of playoff atmosphere.
“I don’t do this for the wins. It’s all about the kids,” Clubb said. “It was more important of a game for postseason seeding.”
CCA has won seven straight and 11 of 12 for a record of 15-4.
“That was a very good high school basketball game and I think it’s unfortunate that one of the teams had to lose,” WHS boys coach Collin Stark said. “This was a playoff type game that we need to learn from because the playoffs are still coming up.”
The Demons led 17-14 after the first quarter but the game was tied 32-32 after the end of the second quarter. The Demons led 45-42 after the third quarter. The game was tied 12 different times From the first at 4-4 to the last at 62-62. The loss wasted an outstanding night from Trashaun Willis who was responsible for more than half of the Demons points as he scored 19 and dished seven assists.
“It seems like every night we have someone different step up,” Stark said. “We do not have a bona fide star. We don’t have that one person that can take over games.”
Friday, Ethan Patterson had 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting in a 78-41 home Southeast Conference win over Ft. Madison. Luke Turner had 13, Brock Sobaski had 11 and Willis 10. Sobaski had seven rebounds and Turner five assists.
Saturday, Trevor Quigley tallied 14 points, Turner nine, Sobaski eight and Ethan Hunt seven.
“I think it is just based off matchups as to who is going to take advantage,” Stark said. “Willis is a tough guard because at 6-foot-7, he can shoot well.”
The shot of the night was a 3-pointer from the corner by CCA’s Nick O’Connor, who was fouled and converted the free throw with 12.2 seconds left in the game. two more CCA foul shots provided the final margin.
“I feel for the guys because it was so close and I know they really wanted it,” Stark said. “We made some plays. I thought we made enough to win but the bounces did not go our way. Some of the calls did not go our way down the stretch. That is just the way basketball goes sometimes.”
The Demons will have to review film and learn from the defeat
“We’ll look at this and diagnose it and figure out what works and what doesn’t and maybe we’ll get to play these guys again,” Stark said. “We’ll have to make some adjustments down the stretch.”
The Demons are 13-5 and play at Williamsburg tonight with a home SEC game Friday against Keokuk with a chance at the conference title. The Demon girls (11-7) also play Keokuk Friday.
Ft. Madison’s girls defeated Washington 49-20 Friday.
“That was just a bad shooting night for us,” WHS girls coach Shannon Rugg said. “We did some good things. We played hard. One thing we did not do is shoot the ball well. Today (Saturday), we got off to a good start and the ball was going in for us. Especially in the first half, we came out and were aggressive.”
The ball went in for Olivia Pacha as she finished with 15 points with six in the first quarter and six in the second quarter.
“Olivia was as aggressive as I have seen her and she has been getting steadily more aggressive as the season goes on,” Rugg said. “To my knowledge, Olivia had a career high. Hopefully that continues because that is when we are at our best, when the girls got after it.”
The Clippers 1-3-1 half-court trap caused problems for the Demons, starting midway through the second quarter.
“The girls did not want to attack it, they just wanted to throw the ball around over the top of it,” Rugg said. “They are long and they have some good athletes. For whatever reason, we did not attack it.”
The Demons led 11-2 but the Clippers scored nine straight to lead 14-13 after one quarter. The Demons led 23-22, but the Clippers again closed the quarter strong with six straight for a 28-23 lead at the half. the Demons didn’t score until almost 3 minutes remained in the third quarter when Addison Six scored. She finished with eight points. Anna Nacos had five.
“When Olivia can be an aggressive kid, that’s what works for us,” Rugg said. “She has to believe in that. We have some kids that need to believe in themselves. Us coaches believe in them and their teammates believe in them, so they need to step up and believe in themselves.”
The loss to a team with a 15-4 record did not disappoint Rugg.
“I thought we got better today and we will work and we’ll continue to get better,” he said. “I was concerned about our energy level with the games we’ve had this week and the way the day started with the fire scare. I was surprised at how much energy we had.”