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Demons drop game against Gallatin County

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By Ryan Naus

The Williamstown boys’ basketball team had to wait nine days between games because of the snow, but the Demons didn’t show any rust coming out strong against Gallatin County.

The Demons played well, but turnovers ended up leading to an 81-71 loss on Feb. 11.

“We played a lot better than we did at Gallatin,” coach Stacey May said. “They are at the top of the region as far as win-loss record and it was a pretty good effort from us.”

“We put forth a good effort and shot the ball well as a team,” senior Eric White said. “As a team, we came together. When you don’t play for a while, it just feels good to get back in the gym. We were able to compete with a good team.”

The Demons led 17-15 after the first quarter mainly because sophomores Harrison Whaley and Jake McKinley combined to hit three three-pointers.

Whaley started the second quarter with another three-pointer, but Gallatin County was able to chip away at the Demons’ lead, eventually taking a 42-35 lead into halftime. Gallatin County ended the second quarter with a six-point run.

The teams traded baskets in the third quarter and Williamstown was able to get within three points, but turnovers helped Gallatin County take control, leading 64-52 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Demons were perfect from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, going eight for eight, but were unable to close the gap.

“It was a big improvement for us and we still could have won the game,” senior Storm Mason said. “But it’s still disappointing that we’re coming up short.”

The Demons followed with a 49-44 loss to Trimble County on Feb. 12, but rebounded for an 86-82 win over Augusta on Feb. 13.

McKinley led the Demons with 27 points in the win.