Williamstown Lady Demons already planning for next season

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By Paul Gable

When the season began, the Williamstown High School girls' basketball team had three goals: win 10 games, win the All "A" Tournament and advance to the region tournament.

While they were unable to accomplish all three goals, coach Mark Wilhoit said the season featured several high points for the Lady Demons, whose season came to an end last week following a 73-38 loss to Simon Kenton in the first round of the 32nd District Tournament.

The highs included advancing to the finals of the All "A" Tournament, beating Grant County and posting eight wins on the season, all of which serve as reminders to Wilhoit that the future looks bright for Williamstown.

"We saw some good things this year, and we are making steps in the right direction. I really thought we'd get 10 wins this year, but we just missed out on that. We've still got a lot of work to do," Wilhoit said.

The end of the season also brought about the end of Julie Knarr and Kendal Horn's careers. According to Wilhoit, their leadership will be tough to replace.

"They are great kids. They are the type of kids you want your daughter to be like. I don't know if we can replace all that they did and meant to our team both on and off the court," Wilhoit said.

Williamstown will lean on returning players Chelsea West, Tori Wilhoit and Jaclyn Stith for big production again next season, but Wilhoit said that may not be enough.

"We need more scoring and we have to get a lot stronger," he said.

Despite the fact that the season recently ended, Wilhoit has already begun thinking about next year and has one goal in mind for his team and that is to not finish as the fourth seed in the district tournament.

"That is my expectation. We have to work, but we have the pieces of the puzzle to be better in the district. We have to come ready to play every night," Wilhoit said.