Lady Demons fall to Walton-Verona

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By Ryan Naus

Against Simon Kenton on Dec. 14, the Williamstown girls’ basketball team put together their most complete game of the season.

Although they came away with a loss, they battled throughout the game and came within four points from defeating the defending region champs.

The Lady Demons looked to match that game’s intensity when they played Walton-Verona on Jan. 8, but ended up with a 50-33 loss.

“We just can’t put a complete game together,” coach Mark Wilhoit said. “Our defense is so terrible right now. We’ve just got to learn to defend better. It’s almost as if we think that defense is after they catch it, we’ll go guard them instead of making it hard for them to catch it.”

“We should have played better defense and when Tori (Wilhoit) and Chelsea (West) get double teamed, we have to have other people step up,” sophomore Emma Harris said. “We still need to work on a lot of things. Once we fix our problems, I think we can be a good team.”

The loss was the Lady Demons’ fifth consecutive loss and Wilhoit believes that his team needs to show more of a desire to come away with wins.

“I knew Kelli Dixon and Courtney Sandlin were going to be a hard matchup for us,” Wilhoit said. “We had 17 rebounds and Tori had 10 of them. To me, that’s unacceptable. After the game, we talked about having pride and the drive to stop this losing streak. It’s all about wanting to go and get the basketball.”

Walton-Verona started the game with six unanswered points before sophomore Susan Northcutt scored for the Lady Demons. The Lady Cats pushed the lead to 10-2 before juniors Tori Wilhoit responded with seven points, but a score at the end of the quarter put Walton-Verona ahead 13-9.

The Lady Cats continued to add to their lead in the second quarter, hitting three three-pointers in the quarter to end the first half ahead 26-15.

In the third quarter, Williamstown closed the gap to seven points before Walton-Verona ended the quarter on an eight point run to stay ahead 38-23.

Walton-Verona knocked down their free throws in the fourth quarter to add to their lead for the 50-33 victory.

“Mentally, we weren’t prepared,” senior Taylor Eldridge said. “Our defense needs to improve, especially help-side. One of our main focuses is rebounding because we’ve been lacking on it. If we don’t rebound, the other team gets second chances to score. We need a team effort.”