2018-02-08 / Sports

Last Week Was Tough for Lady Devils

Bill Croney
The Northfield News

Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News

Williamstown’s Shylah King swoops between a pair of BFA-Fairfax defenders during last Saturday afternoon’s game, at the Parks Gym. The Lady Devils bowed to the powerful Lady Bullets by a 44-32 score.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News Williamstown’s Shylah King swoops between a pair of BFA-Fairfax defenders during last Saturday afternoon’s game, at the Parks Gym. The Lady Devils bowed to the powerful Lady Bullets by a 44-32 score. Last week was a tough one for Williamstown’s Lady Devils. They lost all three games they played. They dropped games to Lamoille, Oxbow, and BFA-Fairfax.
On Saturday, against BFA, things turned around for the Lady Devils – sort of. “Last Saturday we lost 54-25 at Fairfax. So this week we tried something new to get some energy to start the game and it seemed to work.
“We still struggled to score, but things were looking brighter. After 1 we trailed 15-8. I loved our defensive intensity and our offensive mentality.
In the 2nd qtr. we limited them to a single point.  We went in at the half down 16-14 (compared to 14 at their place). 
“It was back and forth until late in the 3rd. We missed a couple defensive assignments and made a couple silly turnovers that let them stretch it out on us. At the end of the 3rd were trailing 28-24. 
 “Liz (Laughlin) led us with 12. Ciera Sweet) had 9.
 “Liz 7 pulled down rebounds, and Shylah (King) had 6.
 “This was a big step forward. Fairfax currently the #1 seed and we were one or two bounces or whistles from a victory.  They shot 19 free throws we shot 4. We attacked the hoop a bunch just couldn't seem to get the reward.  Nobody is safe against us now that we have found ourselves, coach Sid Sweet said.
 On Thursday night, at home, a familiar problem plagued the Lady Devils- the inability to put the ball in the hoop. “The inability to score was the deciding factor.  We were down 19-12 at the half.
“We should have been excited to be in the game, but we seemed flat, and never got the momentum train rolling until it was too late. 
“We finished the game on a 8-0 run, but by then the damage was done and the stats tell the story.  (5-24 at the free throw line, 12-58 from the floor).  The bottom line – Oxbow 44 Williamstown 29,” coach Sweet said.
 Last Monday, at Lamoille, the Lady Devils were shorthanded. “We were down to 7 healthy players and a recovering player. 
“We could not match their intensity early and got in a big hole 24-6 early. It was 24-6, at halftime.
“In the third quarter we were still reeling, but the 4th we finally solved their defense.  We scored 15 in the 4th, more than the first 3 combined.     “You might guess it was against the bottom of their bench, but it was against their core rotation.  They actually put the press back on the last 2 minutes and we closed the game on a 6-0 run.  Liz  (Laughlin) lead us with 11,” Sid Sweet said.
The Lady Devils will Host Montpelier this Thursday (Feb, 8th) in a 6 P.M. game.

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