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WHS Lady Demons seek strong finish to regular season

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By Paul Gable

Despite picking up eight wins, which was one more than last season, the Williamstown High School girls' basketball team is nowhere near being satisfied.

At 8-17 overall heading into this week, coach Mark Wilhoit and his players know they have let too many games slip away as a result of either not knocking down shots or committing too many unforced turnovers. That is what has drawn the ire of the Lady Demons.

"There's two or three games that we should've won, and I feel like we should have had 10 wins by now. It's a learning experience, and I have seen my team grow more this year than in the past," Wilhoit said.

With six regular season games left, the Lady Demons gathered for a team meeting and wrote down what they wanted to accomplish before the conclusion of the regular season.

At the midway point of those six games, Williamstown is 1-2 with a win over Henry County and losses to Bracken County and Harrison County.

On Feb. 14, the Lady Demons defeated Henry County 48-38 to snap a three-game losing streak. However, they fell 61-46 to Bracken County on Feb. 15 and 55-31 on Feb. 16 to Bracken County.

"We have been out of sync lately. We need to keep playing hard and try to regroup," freshman Tori Wilhoit said.

Junior Jaclyn Stith also said that the team is in need of a change down the stretch.

"We're not playing as well as we did during the All "A" Tournament. We need to get better offensively and regroup before the district tournament," she said.

The games were part of a stretch that featured the Lady Demons playing six games in nine days.

"Against Bracken County, we missed a lot of shots, and against Harrison County, we were just dead tired and did not have any legs," Wilhoit said.

This week, Williamstown has three games on the schedule, beginning with a road trip to Carroll County on Feb. 18.

On Feb. 21, the Lady Demons host Gallatin County at 7:30 p.m., and one night later, Williamstown ends the regular season hosting Trimble County at 7:30 p.m.

"We want to win all three, and we are capable of doing that. However, we have to shoot the ball better. The last three weeks we haven't shot well. You won't win too many games shooting 20 percent," Wilhoit said.

Williamstown is familiar with Gallatin County as this will be the fourth meeting between the two this season. The Lady Demons hold a 2-1 edge in the series, with their most recent win coming on Jan. 16 in the first round of the All "A" Classic by a score of 46-44.

"Gallatin will be coming after us," coach Wilhoit said.

There is also a sense of familiarity between Williamstown and Trimble County, as Trimble County has a 2-0 edge.