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It will be an uphill battle for Williamstown, but the Lady Demons will prepare for a chance at a third consecutive regional appearance, as they defeated Gallatin County in the first round of the 8th Region 32nd District tournament Oct. 11.
With the tournament just down the road at Grant County High School, Williamstown will not have to worry about a long bus ride to the tournament, however they do have a long road ahead if they want to go back to the regional tournament.
In the past, Williamstown has sealed a No. 1 seed in the tournament, but this season they find themselves in the first round game and facing an opponent they played on Oct. 6.
For them to have a chance in this tournament the Lady Demons will have to play a tighter game and coach Wes Staff said he had the team work on movement in practice leading up to the first round game.
Senior Carlie Fossitt is hoping the team can finally get past Walton-Verona. In three tries this season, Williamstown has faltered against the Lady Bearcats. That can’t happen a fourth time if Fossitt and the Lady Demons want to get back to regionals.
“If we play the way I know we can play, then we can beat Walton,” Staff said “We are going to have to work hard to get it, but we can beat them. We just have to move to every ball and execute. It will have to be from the first serve to the last serve if we are going to go far in the postseason. There can’t be any breaks, because when other teams put up points, we put our heads down.”
Junior Morgan Potter said she would like to see the team not get down on themselves, because that is when they lose the games.
“We just have to work together,” she said.
Staff has made some changes this season to help get the team to win, but with some of the team working in newer positions, the challenges have occurred at times.
“We are going to work on moving,” he said. “We tend to not move in the front when the balls hit and I have been trying to get them to correct it all season, but we have not fixed it a 100 percent.”
Staff said he has seen them do it the right way before and he knows they can execute on it, but it is more about motivating them to move for every game.
“I can’t seem to keep them motivated,” he said. “I don’t know what else I can do to motivate them, but I told them that some of the motivation has to come from themselves.”
If Williamstown can upset Walton-Verona, they will seal a third consecutive regional appearance.
“It will be tough for us to do, but I think we can do it,” Potter said.