W’town falls to Walton-Verona

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By Matt Birkholtz

After an exciting win over Grant County, the excitement ended almost as quick as it began, when the Lady Demons fell to Walton-Verona in the All A Classic.

The Lady Demons weren’t able to keep up with Walton-Verona, losing in two sets in the second round Sept. 3 at Williamstown High School.

“I think it really sucks, but I don’t think we were really as pumped for this game like we were for the Grant County game and I think if we would have been, we would have been able to stick with Walton-Verona a lot better,” Lady Demons junior Alex Prokopchak said. “I think we got down on ourselves early and in the second set when we got in that big hole, we just stayed down and never got back to where we should have been.”

Lady Demons coach Wes Staff said the team just didn’t perform to their potential unlike what they played against Grant County.

“We didn’t pass well,” he said. “We had pretty good blocking at the net and didn’t move our feet on the floor to get passes. I don’t know if it was a mental mistake. Too many balls were not hit when they needed to be. Passing was good when we got to the ball. Serving killed us and dropped balls killed us.”

Williamstown was supposed to begin play against Gallatin County, but the Lady Wildcats didn’t show. According to Williamstown Athletic Director T.J. West, Gallatin County’s athletic director said he didn’t know about the tournament, even though West personally handed him a bracket at the conference meeting on Sept. 2.

Staff can only speculate on whether the delay in playing could have affected his girls, but he thinks he did everything he could to have them ready.

“I guess it did,” he said. “I did everything I thought I could do to get them ready. I put them on the bleachers together away from family and friends to watch the first game. Maybe I will let them sit like that again except with paper and pencils taking notes of the game. I don’t know how else to get them to focus. I had them warming up waiting for the Gallatin County game. It looked like they didn’t have the sense of urgency for every point that you need to have. This is the All A Classic.”

With the early loss and Trimble County winning the All A Classic tournament over Walton-Verona, the Lady Demons will have to hit the practice floor as they prepare for Trimble County Sept. 8.

“Every practice, I think, should be about fundamentals,” junior Morgan Potter said. “I don’t care how well you know them, the more you work on them in practice the better you will be at them.”

Staff said practice is where the work for the rest of the season is going to have to be done.

“We are going to take it one practice, one game at a time,” he said. “My goal in practice is to get something correct and finalize it. If it is just one thing, I don’t care, they need to get better so we can get the confidence we need for districts.”