WHS girls blast Mogollon by 20

The Williams High School girls basketball team picked up a key win in Canyon Region action last week by defeating highly-regarded Mogollon, 55-35.

The Lady Vikings and Mustangs are among the two teams heading down the stretch with a shot at first place and hosting the district tournament. Orme and Sedona are also in the thick of the race.

Williams was scheduled to play Sedona Red Rock Tuesday night in a game after deadline. If the Lady Vikings were able to win that game and then down Orme in the season finale, the Williams would likely host the tournament.

“Right now, it’s a tossup,” WHS coach Lorenzo Rodriguez said about the conference. “If we win out, we have an outside chance (of hosting).”

Mogollon headed into the game unbeaten in the region. After the 20-point loss to Williams, the Mustangs were defeated by Orme. Heading into yesterday’s games, Sedona had one loss in the conference, while Williams, Orme and Mogollon each had two losses.

After one quarter, it appeared the Mogollon-Williams game would go down to the wire. The score was knotted up at 11-11.

But in the second quarter, Williams erupted for a 23-5 run. The girls were hitting shots from all over the floor to keep Mogollon guessing about what they would do next.

“We were hitting outside shots and that opened up the middle for us,” Rodriguez said.

Williams came away with several steals in the second quarter, which played a big part in the offensive explosion.

“The girls were clicking,” Rodriguez said.

That rhythm was disrupted the necessary resting period for halftime. In the third quarter, the Lady Vikings lost the edge and Mogollon came back to within 10 points of the lead.

“We went back to old habits,” Rodriguez said.

Always battling slow starts, Williams did get going after working up a sweat again. The girls outscored the opponent 13-6 in the final eight minutes and had perhaps their most impressive win of the season wrapped up.

“Hillary Wamble had a real good game,” Rodriguez said about his 5-foot-8 sophomore. “Amy (Christman) went in there and got some good rebounds.”

Lyssa Mulvihill and Melissa Pettit had their usual fine games as evidenced in the final scoring column. Pettit scored 16 points with two three-pointers while Mulvihill scored 15 points, including three three-pointers.

In all, the Lady Vikes hit six three-pointers. The other one came on a shot by Ashley Rocha, who finished with eight points. Wamble also had eight points.

Senior Beth Harris was slowed in the game by the flu and back spasms.

Kandra Greer led Mogollon with 14 points.

Williams took a 5-2 record and 14-9 overall record into that Sedona Red Rock game Tuesday. Look for results in next week’s newspaper.

The girls see action again today when they head to Mayer to play a game postponed from last Saturday because of poor weather. The varsity girls game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start. There will be no junior varsity game.

Williams then plays at Orme on Feb. 6 in another key matchup. The Warriors lost to the Lady Vikings on Jan. 19 by 12 points.

The regional tournament will be played Feb. 10 at a site to be determined. The Class 2A state playoffs are scheduled for Feb. 15-17 and Feb. 23-24 in the Phoenix area.

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