Williams girls open conference play with 48-34 win
When talking separately to each of the two co-coaches for the Williams High School girls basketball team about the Lady Vikes win over Salome Saturday night, there was one common theme — teamwork.
Coaches Lorenzo Rodriguez and Kristi Fredrickson both said the team seemed to come together in the 48-34 win over Salome.
“They played really well together, more like a team,” Fredrickson said. “They communicated out there on the floor, which is what we’ve been trying to get them to do.”
Williams blew open a fairly close game in the third quarter. The Lady Vikes had leads of 13-12 after the first and 23-18 at halftime before a 13-4 run in the third.
“We pressed them, full-court at first and then we dropped back into a half-court press,” Fredrickson said, adding that the girls were taking advantage of turnovers by turning them into points.
In the game, Williams had 18 steals, led by Melissa Pettit’s five. Lyssa Mulvihill and Hillary Wamble each had four steals, Beth Harris three and Ashley Rocha two.
Pettit’s performance, in particular, was a pleasure to see, Fredrickson said. Over the last couple of contests, the senior has upped her game.
“Mo got her shot back and played really well,” Fredrickson said. “She got a bunch of steals and scored on layups.”
The teamwork philosophy also showed up in the assists category. Williams had 10, led by Pettit’s four. And on the boards, Mulvihill grabbed eight rebounds and Pettit had six (see complete statistics in boxscore).
In the scoring department, Harris pumped in 14 points and Pettit added 13. Amy Christman sprained an ankle in the game. She hopes to be back later this season.
Earlier in the week, Williams dropped a 65-48 game to Joseph City. The Wildcats went on an 18-6 run in the first quarter to take control early.
“We had too many turnovers and we were not getting the ball to the open person,” Rodriguez said.
The Wildcats’ height also had an impact on the Williams offense.
“They have something in their water that makes them tall,” Fredrickson said.
Mulvihill had a big performance when it came to scoring with 21 points. Pettit scored 13 and Harris chipped in 10.
Williams struggled at the foul line. Taking away Mulvihill’s 9-for-13 effort, the rest of the team made just 5-of-17.
The Lady Vikings (1-0, 5-6) are scheduled to play today at home against Seligman, a team Williams beat earlier this year with an incredible comeback.
Williams will then play in the Valley Sanders Tournament over the holiday break. The Vikes play Sun Valley, Shonto Prep, Leupp, Rock Point and Valley in the Dec. 27-29 tournament.