Simon Kenton too much for Lady Demons

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The third time is not always the charm. Just ask the Williamstown Lady Demons.
Facing regional power Simon Kenton for the third time this season, Williamstown was hoping the old adage of ‘the third times the charm’ would hold true. But it was anything but a charm with Simon Kenton knocking Williamstown out of the girls’ District 32 Tournament by a score of 63-28 in action Feb. 24, at Walton-Verona.
Poor shooting and turnovers plagued Williamstown from the beginning, with the Lady Demons finding themselves facing a double-digit deficit before scoring their first points. And it continued to snowball with Simon Kenton extending the lead to 20-plus in the second quarter and 30-plus in the second half.

While disappointed with the season-ending loss, second-year Williamstown Coach Kasey Mason found no fault in her team’s effort. Instead, she gave credit to the much bigger, much older Simon Kenton team that features nine seniors and two juniors on the varsity squad. By comparison, Williamstown has just one junior and no seniors on its roster.

“It’s not the outcome we wanted, obviously. But Simon Kenton is a really tough team,” Mason said. “I did see some good things from our team. I was real happy with how we played in the second half when we were playing against girls more our age. We played really well during that time.”

Even with the deficit growing throughout the game, Williamstown never let up and played hard all the way to the final buzzer, a trait that has become common for the young Lady Demons.
“We’ve not had a game this season, especially in the second half of the season, that we didn’t play hard all the way to the end,” Mason said. “And that really says a lot about what we are going to be able to expect out of them in the future.”

Williamstown was playing without starter Sammie Souder, who missed the game with an ankle injury. The sophomore forward, who was one of the Lady Demons better players all season long, spent the game on the end of the bench in street cloths with a medical boot on her injured leg.

Simon Kenton scored the first 11 points of the game before Williamstown finally got on the board with 2:04 remaining on a shot by seventh-grade guard Justice Chambers. The basket was the only points for Williamstown in the first quarter as Simon Kenton built its advantage to 17-2 in the quarter.

Things didn’t get any better in the second quarter with Simon Kenton stretching its lead to 36-8 at the half.
Simon Kenton extended the lead to as many as 29 in the third quarter and a late surge took the lead to as many as 35.

While the loss was lop-sided, there was obvious improvement by the Lady Demons, who lost by 62 to Simon Kenton in both teams’ season opener, and again by 56 just two weeks ago.

Michaela Kennedy led Williamstown with 12 points, including a pair or 3-pointers. Ashley Marksbury was next with six points.
Rachel Montgomery added five points, including one 3-pointer, to the Lady Demons’ scoring total. Katie Cheek was next with three points, followed by Justice Chambers with two.
Williamstown ends its season with a record of 5-18 overall. Simon Kenton, which ranks among the top teams in Kentucky, moves on to the district title game and then the regional tournament where it is the favorite. The Lady Pioneers improved to 26-3 with the win, including a current 13-game win streak.