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One game after setting the school record for career assists, Williamstown junior Chelsea West set another school record.
After making two three-pointers in the fourth quarter against Owen County on Dec. 4, West passed Jaclyn Stith for career three-pointers with 125. Stith’s record was 124.
“It was a big night for me and I was excited to break the three-point record,” West said. “I actually started stressing out at the end that I wasn’t going to break it. But I’m glad that my team was able to step up and be unselfish. As soon as (coach Mark Wilhoit) called the play, they were about getting the ball to me. That’s what a team is about, being unselfish and wanting others to succeed because then you succeed as a team.”
“Chelsea made me look like a genius because she made the play,” Wilhoit said. “The good thing about this team is that there is no jealousy. They want each other to succeed. Chelsea is more vocal this year and she’s like an extension of the coaches out on the court.”
West has been playing at the varsity level since she was in seventh grade and believes playing against tough competition as a younger player formed her into the player she is today.
“More than anything, I hope I’m giving other people the courage to step up and be a leader,” West said. “I feel like all of the girls that are younger than me should know that they can succeed when they are young if they work for it.”
Owen County took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Demons 15-8 and taking a 13-point lead into the half.
Williamstown kept fighting, however, and held the Lady Rebels to two points in the fourth quarter, but were unable to close the gap.
“I think that we weren’t as ready mentally as we thought we were,” senior Taylor Eldridge said. “But we worked hard to get back into the game. We need to continue working to get stronger and help the younger girls get more experience.”
“We played hard, but we’re still turning the ball over too much and we’re not shooting the ball as well as I would like to see,” Wilhoit said. “We also need to rebound better because that’s always one of our strong points. But we’re still plugging along.”
Wilhoit hopes to continue to see improvement out of his post players.
“We’ve got some work to do, but I think after Christmas, we’ll be a pretty nice team,” Wilhoit said. “I thought our post defense was five times better than it was in the (season opener) against West Jessamine. We’re going to continue to play hard and fix our mistakes.”
Lady Demons fall to Gallatin County
Williamstown took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter against Gallatin County, but were unable to outwork the Lady Wildcats in the final quarter, falling 52-49 Dec. 7.
“Our rebounding was terrible,” Wilhoit said. “Our stats showed we only had five rebounds in the second half. It was a poor effort from the team keeping Gallatin off of the boards. We will get it fixed prior to Friday’s game against Trimble County. If not, there will be changes in store for the team. Our last two games, we have had less than 20 rebounds each game. That will not be tolerated again this season.”