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The 8th Region All “A” Classic can be a second chance for a struggling Demons team, as they get a first-round match with Eminence Jan. 19 at Owen County High School.
The Demons (1-14) have fallen on some tough stretches including a 13-game losing streak to start the season.
With the match up with Eminence, Demons coach Steve Sigmon is optimistic about getting a victory over the Warriors.
“We are two teams that are relatively young,” he said. “We are both struggling and I am going into the game thinking we can win.”
Turnovers continue to plague the Demons. At one point in the season, Williamstown was averaging 24 turnovers per game.
“You will not score if you turn the ball over,” Sigmon said. Williamstown is only averaging 46 points per game.
Lately, Williamstown has shown some spurts of complete games, cutting their turnovers down and getting their first win over Trimble County Jan. 7.
Junior guard Jake McKinley has stepped up for the Demons with 30 points in two games (Grant County, Jan. 4, Trimble County, Jan. 7), earning him North Central Kentucky Conference Player of the Week.
“It felt good to be honored by the NCKC,” he said. “To be selected by the coaches of the conference was nice.”
Team effort is necessary if Williamstown advances to the next round of the All “A” Classic.
“The team is five guys on the floor and their role is to be a team out there,” Sigmon said. “Jake is not going to score 30 points a night to win and the offense is not for Jake to score 30 points.”
With a month remaining in the regular season, Sigmon is looking for continued improvement.
“It will be tough right after the tournament, with Simon Kenton and Walton-Verona being back-to-back,” he said. “In February, the schedule gets more on our level with smaller schools and I am looking for a good February for us to compete.”
That is Sigmon’s ultimate goal, for the team to compete with the end of the season approaching.
“When you compete, you start to win basketball games,” he said.