Vanessa Sandoval drives toward the basket in a victory over Seligman recently. The younger kids on the varsity all saw action in the win.
“We hadn’t really practiced together in over a week and I think that was a problem,” WHS coach Lorenzo Rodriguez said. “Our timing was off, our shooting was not as good as it normally is ... if we would’ve played them in the afternoon, we would’ve beaten them.”
The opener was close throughout with Mingus holding an 8-7 lead after the first quarter and the Lady Vikings went up 16-14 by halftime.
In the second half, the Marauders began to build a cushion. Williams was able to score only four points in the third quarter which hurt the team down the stretch.
Senior Lyssa Mulvihill led Viking scorers with 12 points, six of those coming on a pair of three-pointers.
Falling into the loser’s bracket, Williams went up against rival Sedona Red Rock. This game ended up being a 53-34 blowout as the Lady Vikes went on a 13-4 run in the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way.
“Things were falling, we ran on them and started playing together like we’re capable of doing,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the five guards were playing well, coming away with plenty of steals and fast-break points.
By the end of the third quarter, Williams held 49-25 advantage.
Mulvihill again led the Vikings with 17 points. Ashley Rocha hit for 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Mulvihill had two more three-point goals vs. Sedona.
Tami Edes was also a factor in this one, finishing with nine points. Edes, Rocha, Mulvihill, Sylvia Aguilar and Dee Dee Fogg were all standouts on defense.
The team did struggle at the free-throw line, hitting just 30.8 percent of its attempts.
In Saturday’s consolation final for the third-place trophy, Williams went up against another 3A school in River Valley and took a 56-27 victory.
The Lady Vikings did not waste any time in this one. Williams outscored the Dust Devils 11-2 in the first eight minutes. By the intermission, Williams had a 30-12 lead.
Another 15-5 run followed in the third quarter and the outcome was not in doubt.
Mulvihill led Williams in the finale as well with 15 points on six field goals, three of which were from beyond the three-point arc.
Rocha scored 10 points on four field goals and a free throw. One of her shots was a three-pointer.
Teri Stevens had a big game with 11 points on three field goals and 5-for-6 free-throw shooting. Stevens was a terror on the floor with her quickness.
Williams did much better at the free-throw line with 66.7-percent accuracy. Stevens and Edes accounted for a combined 8-of-10 free throws.
“In this game, everything came together even more,” Rodriguez said of the final win. “The girls were getting steals, pushing it on down and getting the layups.”
Stevens was commended by the coach for her play on the boards, a particular area of good play also by Aguilar, Edes and Mulvihill.
“We put a lot of pressure on them on top,” Rodriguez said. “They were bigger than us, but they couldn’t get the ball to them. We had the pressure up front and they couldn’t keep up with us.”
Mulvihill was named to the all-tournament team for her play. In the tournament, she averaged 14.7 points and hit a team-high seven three-pointers.
Williams finishes this first portion of the season with a 9-3 record. The Lady Vikings will now get into conference play with a Jan. 10 matchup at Mayer and a Jan. 11 home game vs. Orme.
Williams had a chance to see Mayer in action in last weekend’s tournament, although the teams did not pair up on the court.
Orme participated in the Williams tournament and was crushed by the Lady Vikings, 70-32.