The Valley Sanders Holiday Basketball Tournament helped the Williams girls basketball team in a number of ways.
Williams could get a tuneup heading into an important part of the schedule in early January, the coaching staff was able to give the younger players good playing time and the Lady Vikings upped their overall record.
“The games we played real well in were Valley (first game) and Rock Point,” Williams coach Lorenzo Rodriguez said. “The other ones were good practices when we could work on our defense and our offense.”
The Lady Vikes opened the tourney Dec. 27 with a 60-33 victory over Sun Valley, a private school from Holbrook. The game was tied after one quarter, but from there, Williams dominated.
Melissa Pettit led WHS with 19 points, Lyssa Mulvihill scored 13 and Beth Harris had 12.
The Vikings cleared the bench in the second half to give younger players some action.
The following day, Williams downed Shonto Prep, 42-29, in another “practice game” as Rodriguez described it. The Vikings led 19-4 after the first and 31-8 at halftime before clearing the bench.
Pettit led with 11 points and in all, 10 players scored for Williams.
Later in the day, Williams beat Valley, 57-49. The Vikes were supposed to play Leupp, but they didn’t want to play Williams. Valley substituted and played without two seniors.
“They played with a lot of teamwork and hustle,” Rodriguez said.
Mulvihill scored 21 points, which included a couple of three-pointers and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
As a team, Williams hit 7-of-10 free throws while Valley was just 1-for-7. Others in double figures were Harris with 11 and Pettit with 10.
Williams began Friday with a 59-42 win over Rock Point. Pettit scored 19 points, mostly on layups after steals. Mulvihill had 18 and Harris scored 15.
Rodriguez said the team played well in all phases, from the trap to rebounding.
In a game vs. the full Valley team, Williams lost 64-31. Rodriguez said the girls were very tired for the final game.
“The team was just flat and tired,” he said. “I was even tired.”
Pettit was top scorer with 10.
Williams (1-0, 10-7) play at Mogollon Friday with a start time of 5:30 p.m. The junior varsity girls play at 2:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Williams heads to Sedona Red Rock with JV at 2:30 p.m. and varsity at 5:30 p.m.