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Believing you have to play the best to be the best you can be, Coach Kasey Mason continues to toughen her team’s schedule as she builds the program at Williamstown High School.
After last season’s 12-win campaign, the best for the program in at least 20 years, Mason upped the level of competition her team will face during the 2013/14 season in an attempt to take the program to the next level.
“You’re only going to reach your goal as high as you set it,” she said. “If I had made our schedule weaker just so we would win more games, I don’t think that would have helped our girls.
“Plus, we have some girls that want to play in college and playing the tougher teams now will expose them to what that’s going to be like,” Mason said. “In college, all those girls were recruited there and want to be there. So it’s important for our girls to go against tougher competition now.”
The Lady Demons’ schedule tested them with five games in the first seven days, including the Bracken County Invitational Tournament the first weekend of the season.
Williamstown then faced district rivals Walton-Verona and Grant County during the second week of the season before they hit the road to play in the McLean County Holiday Classic during Christmas break.
The holiday tournament will benefit the Lady Demons in multiple ways, especially with team unity and relationships.
“You bond so much better on the road than you do here in your own gym and playing close to home,” said Mason. “Plus, you want it to be fun for the girls. You only get these years one time.”
The McLean tournament comes at a good time for Williamstown, which will enter All A Classic play shortly after the holidays. The Lady Demons will face Carroll County in the first round of the All A Classic on Jan. 15.
The 8th Region All A Classic will be an especially exciting time for the Lady Demons, who have high expectations for themselves in the small-school tournament.
“Our draw is good and we have a good chance to be successful,” said Mason. “Our goal is to do well and make it to the finals.”
Williamstown, which should be tournament-tested by the end of January, will need to be especially sharp down the stretch to finish strong with key games against Holmes, Simon Kenton and North Oldham in the final two weeks before post-season play begins.