Coaches don sneakers for cancer

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By Matt Birkholtz

The Williamstown Lady Demons swept the season series over Grant County 69-49 Jan. 24 at Grant County High School, during the first of three Coaches vs. Cancer events.


The admission price for the game was increased by a dollar, with that money going to the Grant County Relay for Life.

The game brought awareness to cancer and the coaches donned tennis shoes for the game to pay homage to cancer survivors and those who have fallen to cancer.
Lady Demons coach Mark Wilhoit talked to his players in the locker room before the game about cancer patients.

“I told them in the locker room lets win for those who have fought cancer or are currently fighting cancer,” he said. “That disease is not prejudice. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor.”

With that sentiment, the Lady Braves found themselves on top with an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Wilhoit was pleased with his girls’ efforts and saw the anticipation in them.

“You could just see it in their eyes, they wanted this win,” he said.

Lady Demons senior forward Tori Wilhoit led the team with 17 points and had contributions from fellow seniors Chelsea West and Haley Rothwell.

With it possibly being the final time these seniors face Grant County, dependent on the district tournament outcome next month, it was a sweet moment sweeping the Lady Braves.

“It feels really good,” Tori Wilhoit said after the game. “I thought in the second half that we were passing the ball really well and playing well. That is something we haven’t been able to do well consistently.”

Williamstown has two games remaining on the week with Owen County, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and Walton-Verona Jan. 28 following the Demons game (approximately 7:30 p.m.).

The Lady Demons defeated Owen County 50-44 in the 8th Region All “A” Classic and fell to Walton-Verona in the championship game.

Coach Wilhoit knows that both games are going to be tough for his team.

“We beat Owen County and put a bad taste in their mouth,” he said. “I look for them to come out attacking us in the game.”

For the Lady Braves coach Darrell Guffey, the struggles in the game were evident as it has been all season.

“That has been the story of our season,” he said. “We have had quite a few losses like that. The margin doesn’t necessarily indicate the type of game it was.”
Guffey credits the Lady Demons with the win, saying that they have beaten some quality opponents.

“They are a very experienced team,” he said. “Williamstown has senior-experienced guards. When you have senior guards with experience and the amount of games that they have played, that is a huge advantage.”

Eighth-grade guard Hannah Kitchens led the Lady Braves with 15 points in the game, many coming down the late stretch.

“Hannah is explosive,” Guffey said about his guard’s performance. “She is lightning in a bottle. Of course a lot of those points were late, but any experience she can gain is a positive for us.”

The Lady Braves, the travel to Walton-Verona Jan. 27, Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. They return home Jan. 29 to face Lloyd Memorial. That game is set for 7:30 p.m.