There are few harder ways for a basketball team’s season to end than the way Williamston’s did.
After Jim Kodet tied his team’s district semifinal game with a halfcourt shot, the Hornets fell in double overtime to Lansing Catholic.
But not forgotten is how the team roared back this season to grab the CAAC White title after a slow start.
“It just took a little bit of time to gel as a team, and when we finally did and everybody bought in, the sky was the limit,” said Williamston coach Jason Bauer.
Sparking that turnaround was Kodet. After an injury limited his time on the court for the first half of the season, he got things going once the calendar turned.
“He turned it on during the second half the season,” Bauer said. “He just dominated at times. We are going to miss Jim a lot next year.”
And that shot from the final game will live on forever.
“I don’t know how it missed the rafters,” Bauer said.
Kodet was part of a six-man senior class that included Steve Austin, Carter Bastien, Matt Meranda, Evan Fox and Brandon Erickson.
Their determination is what will be missed the most.
“The seniors that will be gone will be tough to replace,” Bauer said. “They never quit and were always diving for balls.”
As the Hornets look ahead to next season, one of the players expected to lead the team is Riley Lewis. This season he was a freshman starter for Williamston and should benefit from having that year under his belt.
“He held his own and he just turned it up with every game,” Bauer said. “Coming in next year, I see him picking up right where he left.”
Tom Cotter and Ryan Watters are also expected to play big roles for Williamston in the season ahead.