Amongst the pageantry and celebration that is homecoming there still was a game to be played.
The Henry County Wildcats came into the homecoming game off of a tough week of games and were facing the Williamstown Demons (2-17).
The game started with the Demons dropping into a zone to combat the Cats’ marked size advantage. Dakota Estes took advantage of the sloughing off of the perimeter defenders by scoring 11 first-quarter points. Austin Young scored the only other two points of the quarter for the Cats who took a 13-8 lead into the second quarter.
“Dakota was pretty much our entire offense in the first period,” Henry County coach Enoch Welch said. “I really liked how aggressive and persistent he was tonight early on.” Henry County then went on the offense by attacking on the inside with Young and James Wundrak, who scored 5 points each. The Wildcats led 25-16 at the half.
In the second half, the home team picked up where they left off by pounding the ball inside against the smaller visitors. Young scored 8 quick points, while Brad West and Chase Howard added 3-pointers and the Wildcats began to pull away.
“Coach Harden does a nice job with his defensive schemes and it took us a while to get into a rhythm but once we got going on offense our defensive intensity improved too,” Welche said.
In the fourth quarter Henry County continued to dominate the glass and get to the free throw line.
The Cats put away the Demons in the fourth by outscoring them 18-13 to make the final score Henry County 59 Williamstown 41.