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Gallatin County defeats Williamstown boys

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By Ryan Naus

Although they were down, the Williamstown boys’ basketball team kept fighting to make a comeback against Gallatin County.

Their attempt came up short, as the Wildcats came away with a win on Williamstown’s floor. The Demons lost 54-49 on Jan. 15.

“We played hard, but not as hard as we’ve been playing,” coach Stacey May said. “Execution-wise, it’s probably the worst game of the year. The player’s heads weren’t in it. The positive you bring from the game is that they were competing and playing hard. But we didn’t show up. I don’t know if we’re tired or what the deal was. But each team has games where they don’t perform throughout the season and this was ours.”

The Demons were down 39-33 entering the fourth quarter, but Dustin Bryant hit a three pointer to start the quarter.

Gallatin County reeled off two consecutive baskets to add to their lead before Wes Philpot got an open layup off a behind the back pass from Todd Vice to cut the lead to 43-38.

Patrick Spoonamore then scored off a turnover and then both teams traded baskets before Gallatin County hit a big three pointer to put them up 48-42.

Vice cut into the lead with two free throws and Spoonamore added another after the Wildcats missed the chance to build on their lead when they missed two free throws.

But with the score 48-45 in Gallatin County’s favor and time running out, the Demons were forced to start fouling. The Wildcats hit two free throws before Zack Anglin hit one free throw.

Spoonamore hit a big three pointer to cut the lead to one, but that was as close as they would get as the Wildcats made two free throws and scored at the end of the game for the final score.

“I told them with a minute to go, if we lose this game and we end up winning the All “A”, than it was the best thing that could have happened to us,” May said. “I would have rather not executed against Gallatin County then the first game of the All “A”. We didn’t play our regular game, but you try to keep it positive. The positives are you get beat by single digits when you didn’t play well. We’ve got to get back to practice and get the intensity back.”

“We weren’t mentally all there,” Spoonamore said. “We ended up not hitting some shots. There’s nothing I can really say about it other than it was a team thing. We weren’t ready. We need to take it as a learning experience and move on. We owe something to Walton-Verona because they say they are overall better than us. But you still play your heart out and whoever wants it will win it.”

“We played a team that shouldn’t have beat us and pretty much beat ourselves,” Vice said. “In practice, you’ve got to go hard. We can’t overlook anyone. They came in and put a whooping on us because we weren’t ready to play. But now, we’re going to be ready to play every night. We’ve got to finish when we have to finish.”

The Demons started the All “A” tournament on Jan. 20 against Walton-Verona. Results were not available by press time.