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By Haleigh Jacobs
The Williamstown High School Lady Demons and Demons basketball teams hosted Covington Latin for a season-starting double header Nov. 27 at WHS.
Lady Demons second year head coach Kasey Kennedy started five freshmen against the Lady Trojans and carried an early lead that they held throughout the game, finishing the first half with a 32-29 lead.
Kennedy’s team has strong fundamentals, but also is tightly woven on and off the court. Williamstown Senior Morgan Potter, one of the team’s two seniors this year, is unable to play this season due to an injury but remains a strong leader for the Lady Demons team.
“Morgan is amazing to me because she was in an accident before school last year which has made her unable to play this year.
Instead of throwing in the towel, Morgan wants to be a part of the team, comes to almost every practice, and sits on the bench with the girls,” Kennedy said. “I think that it speaks volumes to the type of girl she is to be able to still dedicate herself to something even though she knows that she won’t be able to play.”
Alex Prokopchak, the team’s other senior, is also currently unable to play due to an illness. In their game against Covington Latin, Kennedy started five freshmen, four of who scored in the double digits.
Hannah Scroggins led the scoreboard with 18 points. Sammie Souder followed with 14 points while Olivia Dezarn and Rachel Montgomery both scored 13 points.
The Lady Demons won easily against the Lady Trojans, leading the entire game and finishing with a final score of 78-50. This year, Kennedy’s team is working hard with the goal to have a winning season for the first time at Williamstown in several years.
“I have four out of five girls who are having their very first experiences as starters on a varsity team,” Kennedy said. “I want them to gain experience, and of course win along the way, but I always remind them that win or lose we are growing right now.”
She also hopes that each of her players will be able to reach their individual goals as the season progresses.
The Lady Demons will travel to Walton Dec. 7 for a double-header with the Demons team with tip off at 8 p.m. They will also play at home at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 versus Trimble County. and at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Simon Kenton.
After the Lady Demons cleared the court, the Williamstown Demons geared up to face Covington Latin. Led by first year coach Roger Harden, the Demons started strong and held a comfortable lead over the Trojans through the entire the game.
The Demons led 18-11 at the end of the first quarter and 39-29 by halftime. Jordyn Barnes led the Demons on the scoreboard, sinking six 3-point baskets for a total 18 points scored. David Jump followed closely behind with 15 points for the night.
Other players with impressive showings on their first regular season game were Drew Harris who scored 10, Austin Taylor scoring nine and Quade Simpson scored eight.
Harden landed his first win as a high school head coach with a final score of 70-53 against Covington Latin.
The Demons will play the Walton Verona Bearcats at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. in Walton followed by a home game against Simon Kenton at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.