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It began with a discussion as to what the goals would be for this year's Williamstown High School boys' basketball team and despite the fact that the Demons are 0-4 against four of the other six teams involved in the 8th Region All "A" Classic, the goal has not diminished—win the All "A" and advance to the state tournament in Richmond.
"We still want to get to the finals, and that is a huge goal that we can attain. We have a good shot of getting to Richmond, but we have to play good and play team basketball. If we do that, everything else will take care of itself," said senior Patrick Gatewood.
The Demons square off against Carroll County at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Gallatin County High School. On Nov. 27. Williamstown fell 81-73 to Carroll County
Should Williamstown win, they will play Eminence in the semi-final at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and the final is set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. All games will be played at Gallatin County High School.
Other teams involved in the tournament are: Walton-Verona, Trimble County and Gallatin County. The Demons fell to Gallatin County 78-63 on Dec. 4, lost to Walton-Verona 73-47 on Dec. 15 and Trimble County 64-53 on Jan. 4.
Regardless of previous results, Storm Mason believes the Demons are a contender for the championship.
"It is wide-open, and I think we have a good chance. We need to go back and watch the tape of our first game with Carroll County, see what mistakes we made and correct them. It is a winnable game for us," Mason said.
Teammate Patrick Spoonamore echoed those thoughts.
"Anybody can come in and win it. We have to play hard and play as a team, but we can win the tournament. We have gotten it into our heads now that we cannot play as individuals, but rather we need to play as a team. If we do that, we can be successful," Spoonamore said.
Williamstown enters the tournament with some momentum following a 44-43 victory over Lloyd Memorial last week. In that game, the Demons erased a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to secure a win after Spoonamore's shot found the bottom of the net in the closing seconds.