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The Williamstown girls’ basketball team wanted to bring the All “A” championship home, after missing it last year by two points.
The Lady Demons were up 10 points with three minutes left to go before Carroll County started to press, forcing turnovers and hitting three pointers down the stretch to take the lead and a 57-53 win on Jan. 14.
“We played well for about 28, 29 minutes,” coach Mark Wilhoit said. “We did some good things shooting the ball well. We went up 10 and at that point we panicked. I took all the timeouts I could to try to get them composed, but it just didn’t happen. Carroll’s defense was good and they still had to hit the shots. Nobody stepped up to be a leader and that disappoints me more than anything.”
“I thought we played really hard, but towards the end when we made a run, I think we thought we already had it won,” Chelsea West said. “We got overconfident. We normally end up getting down and then picking it up, but it was flip-flopped the other night. It’s really hard. I expected to go in there and get a win. This was one of our best chances to win the All “A”, but it just didn’t turn out that way. It wasn’t meant to happen.”
While they didn’t reach their goal, the Lady Demons will use this game as motivation in the future.
“We’re definitely going to play for the full 32 minutes,” Amber Vance said. “We’re going to let this game help us with future games. This game was the most important game we had marked on our schedule. Knowing how pumped we were going into the game, we’ll use it to motivate us for the future. We realize that it didn’t come out the way we wanted it to. It’s going to make us strive to do better for the rest of the season.”
“We have to learn from this and go on,” Wilhoit said. “I told the team they gave it away. I was brutally honest. I didn’t want to sugarcoat anything. That’s the first time we’ve been shook all year. We didn’t execute when we needed to. We’re going to go back to the fundamentals and definitely work on the press. We’ll keep working and get it fixed. The main thing is getting our mental focus back. The All “A” was one goal we had, but we’ve got other goals too. We want the conference championship, reaching 15 to 18 wins and making it to the region championship.”
Against Carroll County, Jaclyn Stith led the way with 14 points while grabbing six rebounds, Tori Wilhoit scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds, West and Vance each scored nine points, Taylor Eldridge scored six points and Mellissa Snow scored two points. Vance also had eight rebounds.
On Jan. 19, the Lady Demons fell to Owen County 46-43.