Mogollon gets past Williams girls, 42-30

When making only one of five shots from the field, it can be difficult to come out on top in a basketball game.

The Williams High School girls found that out Friday at Heber in a 42-30 loss to Mogollon. The Lady Vikings managed to make just 20 percent of their shots in the contest.

“If you shoot 20 percent, it’s hard to beat anybody,” Williams coach Lorenzo Rodriguez said. “We should’ve beaten them.”

Despite the offensive problems, Williams trailed by only one point heading into the fourth quarter. The Lady Vikes’ defense was keeping them in the game. But the offensive woes were too much to overcome. “We can’t beat anybody like that,” Rodriguez said. “The defense played really well but on offense, the ball wouldn’t go in.”

The WHS girls triple scoring threat of Beth Harris, Lyssa Mulvihill and Melissa Pettit were slowed down in this one. Mogollon held Harris to eight points, Mulvihill to seven and Pettit to two. Rodriguez said in the ideal game, those three players all reach double figures in scoring.

Along with those girls, Ashley Rocha contributed eight points to tie Harris for game high in that category. In the assists department, Pettit led with three.

Mogollon doubled the score on Williams in the first quarter with a 12-6 lead. In the second, the Lady Vikings got some things going and trailed only 19-16 at halftime. After getting the deficit down to just one heading into the fourth quarter, Williams strayed away from its gameplan.

“Toward the end, we had to try to catch up and tried shooting the long shot,” Rodriguez said.

The team did perform well on defense. The girls grabbed 34 rebounds with Harris and Mulvihill each grabbing a team-high nine. Mulvihill and Dee Dee Fogg each had one blocked shot. And Mulvihill and Pettit each came away with four steals. The team had 13 total in that department.

The loss dropped Williams down to a 1-1 record in the Canyon Region, 10-8 overall. The team went up against highly-regarded Sedona Red Rock on Tuesday. That game was played after presstime and results will appear next week.

The Lady Vikings will host Mayer on Saturday with the girls varsity scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. The team will then take on Salome at home, another 5:30 p.m. start.

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