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Season comes to a close for Lady Demons

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By Ryan Naus

The Williamstown Lady Demons had aspirations of making it to the region tournament this season and all that stood in their way was their first round matchup with Walton-Verona in the district tournament.

With a win, the Lady Demons would have ensured a trip to the region tournament, regardless of the outcome in the district championship.

Unfortunately, they came away from their showdown with Walton-Verona with a 53-35 loss.

“I thought we came out in the first half and started well,” coach Mark Wilhoit said. “I think we got a little bit of tired legs in the second half and I didn’t do a good job of subbing. I should have tried to steal a couple of minutes here and there.”

Williamstown got on the scoreboard first after Mellissa Snow scored on a putback, but Walton-Verona answered with a three pointer. The teams traded baskets before the Lady Bearcats hit back-to-back threes to take an 11-9 lead.

Susan Northcutt came into the game and scored on the Lady Demons next possession to tie the game before Tori Wilhoit took the lead with a score on a baseline cut. The Lady Demons ended the first quarter ahead 13-11.

Jaclyn Stith took over in the second quarter, scoring eight points and helping Williamstown to a 23-23 tie at halftime.

Stith started the third quarter with a score, but Walton-Verona started to take control of the game, building a 35-27 lead before buckets by Stith and Wilhoit cut their lead to 35-31 at the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Bearcats started the final quarter with a six-point run to extend their lead to 10 points, while Williamstown’s shots wouldn’t fall. Walton-Verona was able to run a lot of clock before Williamstown was forced to foul, holding on for the 53-35 final score.

The Lady Demons finished the season 10-16, but had hoped to continue their early season success for a couple more games.

“Since the All ‘A’ tournament, we could never get over the hump,” coach Wilhoit said. “We just have to learn as a team and me as a coach that there were some things we could have done differently. We’ll have to regroup and go from there in summer ball.”

Thoughts about seniors:

“I’m going to miss them,” coach Wilhoit said. “Mellissa started playing as a freshman and I wish I could have had her longer. Amber Vance was probably the best shooter I had and drew some of the toughest defensive assignments. Jaclyn is leaving after scoring about 1,500 points. All three are going to be missed. I told them they were outstanding young ladies and I’ve grown up with them. It’s going to be so different next year. But this is just a chapter in their life and they’ll go on to bigger and better things.”

Players to watch:

“I think you have to put Tori Wilhoit and Chelsea West at the top of the list,” coach Wilhoit said. “I think Susan Northcutt is going to come in and give us some minutes. I’ll have Taylor Eldridge who can come in and do some things. Emma Harris and Haley Rothwell will also help next year. We lose an all-region player, but we still have one coming back.”