Harden sets tough schedule for team

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Winning breeds winning. And Williamstown High School boys’ basketball coach Roger Harden knows this  well. So it would be understandable if the second- year head coach lightened the schedule for his program in an attempt to win more games.
But the former University of Kentucky standout is having none of that, insisting that playing the best of the best is the way to return the Williamstown program to prominence in the 8th Region.
That’s why Harden and his team are dodging nobody and playing a schedule that will take them all over the Bluegrass state as well as across state lines into Ohio during the 2013-14 season.
“Every game that we take the floor, most people probably view us as the underdogs,” he said. “And we’ve talked to the guys about that. But it doesn’t really matter what others think except for us, collectively, as a basketball team. We want to go out there and play together and just believe. We don’t want to just be competitive, we want to put some W’s up. And it’s just a matter of time before that starts happening. I have no doubt about that whatsoever.”
Williamstown begins its season on Dec. 4 at home against Gallatin County before getting its first taste of tournament action starting on Dec. 20 in the Swauger Holiday Classic at Bellevue High School where the Demons will face Menifee County, Villa Madonna, Bellevue and Dayton.
Immediately after the Christmas break, Williamstown will travel out of state for the Buckeye/Bluegrass Shootout to be held in Middletown, Ohio. The Shootout features some of Kentucky’s top Class A schools against the same from Ohio.
“(Playing the out-of-state tournament) is going to help in a lot in different ways,” said Harden. “It’s going to help the guys become a closer team because they will get to pack a bag and spend time together.”
An especially important and exciting date on the schedule is the start of the All A Classic on January 24. The Demons will play the winner of the Eminence vs. Owen County match up. The All A Classic is where Williamstown has enjoyed the most success over the past two decades.
“It’s a wonderful ideal and obviously we want to compete well and represent Williamstown well,” said Harden.
After playing in three tournaments during the regular season, Harden expects his team to be tournament tested come late February and early March when the Demons tip off post-season play in the 32nd District Tournament in their quest to reach the 8th Region Tournament.