Lady Demons win one for seniors

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By Matt Birkholtz

The outcome could not have been any better for the Lady Demons, as they honored their three seniors with a 69-32 win over Bellevue Feb. 4.

In between the junior varsity game and the varsity game, Williamstown paid tribute to the seniors on the cheerleading squad, Kirsten Gray, Taylor Stith, Alexndra Trumbo, Amanda Wilso Amber Vinson and  basketball players, Haley Rothwell, Chelsea West and Tori Wilhoit.

“It’s always good to win on senior night,” Tori Wilhoit said after the game. “Chelsea, Haley and I have been playing together for a long time and being able to share this moment as best friends who are like family to me, it was special.”

Lady Demons coach Mark Wilhoit spoke during the ceremony about all of the senior basketball players and coaching them for four years.

“I did OK with Chelsea and Haley,” he said. “There is not a father that is a coach that wouldn’t get choked up for his daughter.”

West said that it was an emotional ceremony, but that there was still a game to be played.

After outscoring the Lady Tigers 22-4 in the third quarter, the Lady Demons were able to coast to the victory.

“It was a team effort,” West said. “We really worked together well as a team and was successful.”

Coach Wilhoit said that with the big lead; he was able to pull the girls out of the game to allow them to be recognized by the fans.

The three seniors were able to get together and hug each other to celebrate their accomplishments at Williamstown.

“We just told each other we love each other,” West said. “We will never have that moment again and it was a special moment.”

With only two games remaining before the district tournament, West stressed that the Bellevue game can be an energy boost for the Lady Demons.

“We can’t act like this is the last game,” she said. “We need to bring this momentum for the last few games of the season and we have to carry this momentum to continue our season.”

Coach Wilhoit agreed.

“If we can win out the rest of the regular season, we can move to 14-13 on the season,” he said. “We must improve on some facets of the game. Against Bellevue, we handled the ball much better and shot the ball better too.”

The Lady Demons (11-13) shot 40 percent for the game and only turned the ball over twice in the second half.

As for the district tournament, it is still unclear who the Lady Demons will face, but it is certain that Williamstown will be the No. 3 seed.

The 32nd District Tournament will be Feb. 21-26 at Simon Kenton High School in Independence.