DUBUQUE - The 4A fifth-ranked Washington Warriors girls basketball team moved to 9-5 overall and 8-4 in the conference with a 67-58 over Dubuque Hempstead on Tuesday night.
Danielle Franklin led the Warriors with 21 points. Jasmine Royster and Tasha Roundtree added 13 each.
"We were ahead 34-29 at half and they kept it pretty close," Washington Coach Frank Howell said. "In the last minute of the third quarter, the score was 45-40 and we had a quick 5-0 run to push it to 50-40 going into the fourth quarter. We had an 11-3 run over four minutes in the fourth quarter which was the difference."
Howell said he was concerned about this game after a tough road loss in overtime at Iowa City High on Monday night.
"I was concerned how our legs would be with the overtime loss and back to back nights on the road," he said. "And with this game being further away and everything. I was pleased with our effort overall. Hempstead played a 2-3 zone and we attacked it pretty well. We only had 10 turnovers tonight and that was good after turning it over 20 times against Iowa City High on Monday night."
The Warriors are in the midst of playing four games in six days. They play at Jefferson on Friday night in a girl/boy doubleheader before hosting Waukee in a non-conference game on Saturday.
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