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It would be easy for the Williamstown High School boys' basketball team to relax after posting a 4-20 record last year after going a combined 5-48 the previous two years.
However, second-year coach Stacey May is refusing to let his team take the easy way out, instead introducing a new mantra to the program—the more you do it, the better you'll be.
"It doesn't matter what your profession is or what you are working on, if you work at it more often, you will be better, and that is what I am trying to relate to our players this summer. I have been pleased so far," May said.
Heading into his second season as coach, May says the players are making this summer easier for him.
"The group of kids I have makes it easier because I have coached them for a few years. I believe coaching is coaching," May said.
Despite heading into the dead period—a period where no practice can take place until July 9—with a 9-5 record, including victories over Walton-Verona and Trigg County, May is not getting too excited about results.
"We don't talk about wins and loses right now. We are talking more about each individual getting better and then making the team better. Beating Trigg and Walton were big wins so far. We have played well in spurts," May said.
Of the 20 losses last season, five were by 10 points or less, and May is hopeful the work the Demons have put in during last month and this month, combined with a few close calls last winter, will equate to victories when the season tips off in December.
"Our summer has not been too bad. Defensively, we have improved, and we are shooting the ball better. Shooting has been a big focus for us," May said.
With the departure of Patrick Gatewood and Michael Walter to graduation, May is looking for several players to step up and fill their roles.
"It is always tough to replace seniors. This year, we could have six seniors and six underclassmen, but you never know though," May said.
Several players May is counting on to fill the voids are Zach Anglin, Patrick Spoonamore, Todd Vice, Storm Mason and Dustin Bryant, all of whom will be seniors.
"Everybody has looked good. We won't be a team where there is one guy who is our go-to player. On any given night, it could be anyone carrying the load for us," May said.
On June 11, the Demons return to the hardwood, hosting Harrison County at 4:30 p.m. On June 14, Williamstown will play Walton-Verona at 6 p.m. and the Demons will close out the summer at 10 a.m. on July 19, hosting Silver Grove.