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Demons bounce back with consecutive wins

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By Ryan Naus

The Williamstown Demons were anxious to get back on the court after their loss to Grant County. Unfortunately for Trimble and Henry County, the Demons played with a passion to keep building on the success they have enjoyed this season.

The Demons defeated Trimble County 56-47 on Jan. 9 and came out ahead of Henry County 56-54 on Jan. 12.

“Against Trimble, we didn’t particularly play well, but we shot the ball well,” coach Stacey May said. “Sometimes it makes you look better when you shoot well. The team did a good job finding Wes Philpot when he got hot.”

Philpot lead the Demons with 18 points with a majority of his scoring coming in the first half.

“The players wanted to get the ball to him,” May said. “The coaches didn’t have to say anything. They played so hard.”

The Demons extended a four-point first quarter lead to a 13-point lead at halftime on their way to the nine-point win.

“Any win is a good win,” May said. “The only thing I demand is to play hard every night. We try to keep our intensity level consistent. We had two tough losses in a row (against Simon Kenton and Grant County), but we’re trying to get better with each game.”

Against Henry County, Philpot again came up with a clutch play in the final minute.

After Zack Anglin made two free throws to take a 56-54 lead, Philpot tried to take a charge on the defensive end, but when no call was made and he ended up with the ball in his hands, he called a timeout that kept the ball away from Henry County and preserved the win for Williamstown.

“They out rebounded us horribly in the first half,” May said. “We shot the ball well and were only down three at halftime. During the break, I challenged the team to rebound and dictate tempo. Henry County likes to walk the ball up the court, but in the second half, we got them into a run and shoot game. Wes had the presence of mind to take a charge and call a timeout with four seconds left. It showed his senior leadership.

“This team is starting to understand when we play hard and shoot the ball well, we’re a good basketball team,” May said. “We’re trying to get better one game at a time and get ready for the All-A tournament and for March.”

“In both games, we played our hearts out,” Philpot said. “We never gave up and just kept working hard. We manned up and played nose-to-nose defense. We need to keep working hard in practice and listen to coach to get better.”