Lady Demons open Gallatin Steel Invitational with 0-2 mark

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By Paul Gable

An approximate 20-minute stretch over two games did not bode well for the Williamstown High School girls' basketball team as the Lady Demons dropped their first two games of the Gallatin Steel Invitational at Gallatin County High School.

On Dec. 26, the third quarter did Williamstown in en route to a 58-42 loss to Ludlow High School. The Lady Demons raced out to an 18-14 lead midway through the first half, but Ludlow erased the deficit with a 10-2 run over the final 4:35 of the second quarter thanks in part to three-pointers by Courtney Turner and Michelle Landrum, who hit four three pointers on her way to 19 points.

Williamstown clawed its way back into the game in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to two points twice, but foul trouble and Ludlow's pressure defense became too much for the Lady Demons to overcome as Ludlow stretched its lead to 45-28.

The Lady Panthers also recorded a season-high 26 steals in the game.

"They picked up the press in the second half and we did not handle it well. The third quarter did us in," said WHS head coach Mark Wilhoit.

Jaclyn Stith paced the Lady Demons with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Tori Wilhoit added eight points and 10 boards.

In the second game of the tournament, which was played Dec. 27, Williamstown was cold from the field for approximately 12 minutes and the net result was a 69-45 loss to Owen County. It was the second loss of the season to the Lady Rebels, who defeated Williamstown 61-40 on Nov. 30.

"I told the girls at halftime to dig deep and play with some pride. We did not play well at all," Wilhoit said.

Tori Wilhoit's 11 points led Williamstown, while Melissa Snow contributed with 11.

At press time, the Lady Demons were 1-6 on the season, and open the new year at Simon Kenton on Jan. 4.

"The first part of our season is over, and we are now 0-0. That is how we have to approach our season now. It has been very frustrating because I know we are better than how we have played. We need to quit looking at the scoreboard when we see ourselves trailing and wondering what else is going to happen and start wondering how we can not only get back in the game, but win it," Wilhoit said.