Williamstown looking to tame Bearcats of Walton-Verona

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By Matt Birkholtz

With a new coach at the helm, there can be a learning curve for a team to adjust to their coaching methods.


That is occurring with the Williamstown boys’ basketball program as they have started the season 0-2, falling to Carroll County, 46-38 Nov. 30 and to a tall Owen County team 62-42, Dec. 3 at home.

“The team is working on making adjustments, which is something you do after the first couple of games in the season,” coach Steve Sigmon said. “With me being a first-year coach, I don’t know their strengths, but I am starting to see it in game situations. Our offense is making adjustments in practice.”

The Demons have a trio of games this week as they faced Ludlow Dec. 8, and play at Walton-Verona Dec. 10 and will play Bellevue at home Dec. 11.

Sigmon is getting his team prepared for the stretch and has scouted the Bearcats for the Dec. 10 game.

“Williamstown will have to be more physical,” he said. “We can’t let them be more physical than us.”

Sigmon will address limiting turnovers and improving shooting percentage.

“We turn the ball over way too much,” he said. “The guys are going to have to protect the basketball more and also shoot the ball better, because you can’t win the game unless you shoot the ball.”

Sigmon said he feels that he has seen tremendous play from his senior point guard Derrick King.

“King has played well for me,” he said. “If I had a say in who has played the best, it would have to be him. He has been out of control at times, but he is our point guard and he is going to run the show. King is going to have to learn to play with that quickness.”

King is gearing up for the three games and is focusing on what the team can do in practice to get ready for the games.

“The guys will just have to do what coach tells us to do and work on the plays,” he said. “We need to work on our shooting and get open jump shots.”