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The Williamstown Lady Demons and the Grant County Lady Braves met Dec. 14 to battle for a win while also uniting for the season’s second Coaches vs. Cancer event, with proceeds being donated to the Grant County Relay For Life.
Williamstown’s gym was stuffed with supporters of both teams who were excited to see the season’s first meeting of the cross-town rivals. The game did not disappoint as both teams played to their full potential and gave the crowd a nail-biter until the final buzzer.
The teams were neck-and-neck for the most of the game with Williamstown trailing by only a few points at any given moment. Lady Demons head coach Kasey Kennedy loves the atmosphere and intensity that a game between cross-town rivals can induce. To Kennedy, a rivalry can bring out the best in a player and give her a chance to build up her team.
“I love that my girls get to play in that kind of atmosphere, where the gym is packed, and it’s so loud that they can’t even hear me on the sidelines.  For females especially this doesn’t happen a lot at Williamstown,” Kennedy said. “I think the difference for my kids, and for everyone in the community is you are competing with your neighbors and friends, so of course for them their bragging rights are on the line.”


Williamstown freshman Rachel Montgomery echoed her coach’s belief that a win against Grant County is among the season’s most coveted.
“I don’t necessarily think that there is more pressure, but we definitely get more excited than most of the other games and the wins are sweeter,” she said.

The Lady Demons will have to wait until Jan. 21 to try again for a win against Grant County. When they meet again, both teams will bring their best game to the court to fight for the win.

The final quarter of Friday night’s game was the most intense either team has seen this season. The Lady Demons and Lady Braves traded back and forth for the lead until the last few seconds when Grant County managed to pull ahead. The game’s final score was 47-53.

Despite the fact the Lady Demons and the Lady Braves are rivals on the court, they continue to support each other.

“Outside of these games I want Grant County’s women’s team to be successful and to do well,” Kennedy said. “I have a lot of respect for Coach West, and hope that as he continues to coach that he builds a very successful program.”
The Lady Demons will hit the road twice this week with a game Dec. 20 at Dayton followed by a game Dec. 21 at East Jessamine High School.