Demons split against ranked teams

BURLINGTON — A high-scoring first quarter propelled the Washington boys basketball team to a 76-53 win over 10th-ranked (Class 1A) Notre Dame Monday. The first quarter of the girls game also determined Washington’s girls fate as they lost to the 13th-ranked Nikes.

The first quarter was back and forth but ended with a 29-19 Demon advantage.

“From then on I thought our defense really started to step up,” WHS coach Collin Stark said. “Maybe we need to come here more often because we’ve been struggling a little bit with shooting.”

It was 43-30 at the half and 57-41 after the third. Washington had 19 assists, shot 50 percent from three (11-for-20) and 50 percent from two (16-for-31).

“If we gave enough space they could shoot over us or if guys didn’t do a good job of closing out, then they (would) get to the hole,” Notre Dame head coach Dan Kies said. “Our help defense was late. They shot well.”

“Every game there is someone else that is stepping up,” Stark said. “Lucas Kroll has really been playing well. Kasen and Ethan Patterson are great shooters.”

Washington is 7-3, Notre Dame 8-3.

Kasen Bailey had a game-high 21 and Lucas Kroll had his highest scoring game for the Demons this year with 17. Ethan Patterson scored 15. Lance Sobaski had four points, Trashaun Willis hit for 12 points. Travis Leyden added five points.

The first quarter of the girls game ended at 24-4 for the home team and it was 40-9 at the half.

“Hat’s off to Washington,” ND coach Jim Myers said. “They’re growing, they’re young but Rugg is keeping with the program and steering the ship so that he knows where they are. They played hard.”

Josie Tanner led the Demons with six points. McKenna Conrad had five and Taylor Bartholomew three. Alex Murphy, Kaylin Long, Ava Turner and Iris Peterson each had two apiece.

“They’ve got a bunch of girls who are big, aggressive and strong,” WHS head coach Shannon Rugg said of ND. “They have big girls and guards who can do some things. They’re aggressive at the defensive end.”

Washington girls are 1-10, Notre Dame 7-1.