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The size and speed of the Pioneers was too much for the Demons as they lost 73-37 in the first round of the 32nd District Tournament Feb. 21 at Simon Kenton High School in Independence.
Simon Kenton started the game on a 13-0 run coasting to the finish in a game that was never close.
Williamstown coach Steve Sigmon was unhappy with the team’s performance right off the bat, as he called a timeout just a minute into the game with the score just 2-0.
“The players didn’t listen to me,” he said. “I had a play set up that we just started called the wheel and they didn’t run it.”
Sigmon said the performance by his team was one of the most disappointing he has seen this season, including the loss to Eminence on Senior Night Feb. 10, where the Demons lost with 0.2 seconds remaining in the game after having a six-point lead with three minutes remaining.
Another tough part for Williamstown is the lack of strength they have on the floor compared to teams like Simon Kenton.
Sigmon said he wants to get a weight program together in a couple of weeks to get the players lifting weights.
“If they don’t come in and lift weights and play more basketball, we are going to be back at square one,” he said.
A troubling sign for the Demons was the effectiveness of the Pioneers defense causing traps on junior Jake McKinley.
McKinley will be looked at as a leader next year with his scoring and the loss of seniors Dean Faulkner, Derrick King and Kevin McCullough.
“It was my fault we didn’t run the wheel,” he said. “I just got caught up in the game and ran the normal play which is a 1-3-1 offense and just didn’t do it.”
One of McKinley’s goals is to get the team together in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and just have the team play more basketball over the summer.
“We’ve just got to try and get everyone there and become a better team for next season,” he said.