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Lady Demons aim to shock district, upset powerhouse Simon Kenton

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By Paul Gable

Rather than feel sorry for themselves after drawing top seeded Simon Kenton in the 32nd District Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Williamstown High School girls' basketball team is viewing the encounter as an opportunity to shock the district. In two meetings this season, Simon Kenton has defeated the Lady Demons 75-28 and 85-40.

"We controlled our own destiny in the district, and we blew it. We can't blame anyone but ourselves," coach Mark Wilhoit said.

In addition to the regular season, the Lady Pioneers have not been kind to Williamstown in the district tournament. A season ago, Simon Kenton defeated Williamstown 68-31 in the first round. Since 1999, Williamstown has not advanced past the first round of the tournament.

"It would make for a great headline if we could beat Simon Kenton. It is a good opportunity for us, and we have to have a positive attitude. If we do that, we could be amazed with what could happen," freshman Tori Wilhoit said.

Junior Jaclyn Stith has to look back to two seasons ago when Williamstown lost to Simon Kenton 50-41 as a sign that the Lady Demons can play with Simon Kenton.

"We have played them close before. We just need to be positive, and we'll be fine," Stith said.

Freshman Chelsea West is also confident that the Lady Demons can pull off an upset.

"We will give it our best, and whatever happens, happens. I definitely feel like we can beat them."