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Hard work, attention to detail and a little believing have gone a long way for the Williamstown boys' junior varsity basketball team this season and they have a championship to show for it.
Recently, the Demons went 2-0 en route to capturing the Trimble County Invitational.The championship crown came as no surprise to head coach Dustin Plunkett.
"Everybody played extremely well and the kids did what they were supposed to do. We won because everybody did their part," said Plunkett.
Heading into this week, Williamstown brought a 9-5 record into play, and Plunkett says he is not surprised with how the season has gone during his first season on the sidelines.
"The kids really listen and they believe in their abilities. That's all that matters. Us playing well and having some wins are big for their morale and self esteem. They go into games knowing that if they execute, they can win," Plunkett said.
Headlining the team this season has been Storm Mason, Dustin Bryant and Todd Vice, but Plunkett said the success doesn't end with those three.
"It seems like it is somebody different every night. Several of our players have had big games, and every one of them are doing a good job for us. I can tell a lot of improvement in our players every time they play, and every day, they are improving," Plunkett said.
With the second half of the season underway, Plunkett has one goal for the Demons—pick up where they left off.
"I expect much of the same and that is execution and improvement. My main goal is to make these players better and to improve the program," Plunkett said.
The improvement in the program has been seen already this year as players Storm Mason, Todd Vice, Patrick Spoonamore and Dustin Bryant all have season quality varsity minutes, including several starting games.
"If I can help the varsity team by having these players ready to step in and win some games, then I have done my job," Plunkett said.