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The Williamstown Demons varsity basketball team continues to struggle to win their third game as the season begins to wind down.
On Jan. 24, the Demons faced the Trimble County Raiders in the hopes of adding a win to their season record, but lost 66-48.
The Demons played the first half of their game against Trimble County with the effort and intensity of a championship team. When the Demons tied the game 20-20 in the second quarter, the team and fans erupted in a level of excitement that has been scarce this season.
When the game entered halftime, Trimble County led by a mere two points and all were optimistic that Williamstown could achieve their first win after seven straight losses. However, the third quarter saw a renewed Pioneers team who scored 19 points to the Demons seven points, leading to the 41-27 score at the end of the quarter.
Although this Williamstown team has struggled on the court, there have been some bright spots among the losses. One of these is seventh grader Brennan Stanley, who has become a regular player on Williamstown’s varsity team this season.
“As the season has gone along, we as a team have gotten closer. This helps us to share the ball on the court,” Stanley said. “Our 2-3 zone really enables us to stay in the game.”
While Stanley feels that fundamentals are important in the game of basketball, he also believes that the team’s attitude is crucial to their goal of finishing the season with some wins.
“Having a winner’s mentality and believing we can win will help with team morale tremendously,” he said. “Coach has been working on helping us with being confident as a team and executing what we work on in practice. ”
In their game against Trimble County, the Demons were ultimately unable to pull off a win as the gap between the scores widened. Williamstown finally regained their momentum in the last two minutes of the game, but it was too late to seize the win as the Pioneers led 66-48 at the final buzzer.
Moving forward, the Demons plan to continue working hard and hope that they will find their rhythm before the season ends.
“As a team Coach Harden stresses staying together as a team even though we are losing,” Stanley said.
Personally, Stanley is humbled to have earned a spot on the Demons’ team and is looking forward to what is in his future as a player.
“It is an honor to play varsity basketball,” he said. “Doing this I get more experience under my belt.”
Stanley has two goals for himself this season: to “continue to get better in the offseason and improve my shot” and “to give God all the glory on and off the court.”
The Demons will travel to Eminence on Jan. 31 with the varsity game beginning at 7 p.m. The next home game at Williamstown will be Feb. 1 against Bellevue with the varsity tip-off at 7:30 p.m.