Williams girls down Orme, then lose first in region
The Williams High School girls basketball team won a key conference game on the road Friday by downing Orme 46-32, but then suffered a setback at home Saturday with a 66-32 loss to St. Johns.
The Lady Vikings were all business in the opening quarter at Orme. Williams vaulted out to a 20-3 lead in the first eight minutes and never looked back.
"Our press, our defense played like we did in the (Camp Verde) tournament," Williams coach Lorenzo Rodriguez said. "Ashley (Rocha) and Dee Dee (Fogg) worked in combination on the trap. When one would apply pressure, the other would take it."
Michelle Barnes and Sylvia Aguilar came off the bench to provide more good play, Rodriguez added.
Jessica Hunsinger scored 24 points to lead Orme, but she was the lone threat of the evening. By halftime, Williams had a 27-8 lead.
The Warriors outscored Williams in the second half, 24-19, but the game was out of reach for the home team.
Besides the positives off the press, Williams was also able to work the ball inside while in the half-court setup. Helen Schimanowski scored 15 points.
Ashley Rocha also hit double digits with 10 points, which included a pair of three-point goals. Dee Dee Fogg added seven.
The following evening, Williams experienced problems with several aspects of its game in the 34-point loss to St. Johns.
The team appeared to be out of sync most of the night, primarily on offense. The Lady Vikes hit for just eight field goals and also struggled at the free-throw line with a 39-percent success rate.
Lyssa Mulvihill, the team's top scorer, missed both games last week.
"They weren't in it tonight," Rodriguez said. "With Lyssa not being here ... they were out of sync."
Rodriguez believed another factor may been the aggressive effort that the girls put in the previous night.
"They played their hearts out last night and it caught up to them," Rodriguez said.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the first quarter. Still, St. Johns was able to built a 13-4 lead by the end of the quarter.
Williams scored its only two baskets of the quarter on shots by Hillary Wamble. Her second basket came at the 2:39 mark after a steal under her own hoop.
St. Johns went on a 13-0 run over a four-minute span late in the first and early in the second. Trailing 21-8, Williams made some noise later in the quarter and it looked like the Lady Vikes would make a run before the half.
Schimanowski scored with 3:49 left in the quarter and then completed a three-point play with a free throw. With 2:12 left in the half, Tami Edes scored on a fast-break layup and a half-minute later, Barnes scored.
But St. Johns matched Williams basket-for-basket during those moments of offensive success. At halftime, the Redskins led 31-12.
Williams had more success on offense in second half. Schimanowski and Crystal Edes scored from the floor in the third with the rest of the points coming from the free-throw line.
In the fourth quarter, Williams went on another long scoring drought but came on in the final four minutes by drawing fouls and making it to the free-throw line.
Rocha scored the only field goal in the fourth quarter, a three-pointer with 1:36 left in the contest.
Rocha ended the game at the free-throw line. After being fouled on a three-point attempt at the buzzer, she was awarded three free throws, making two of them.
Rocha, Schimanowski and Wamble finished as the team's top scorers with seven points apiece.
The Lady Vikings' loss to St. Johns was the first in the conference this season. Williams (2-1, 8-4) played Tuesday in a game after deadline.
The girls will see action in the region again Friday at Mogollon. The varsity girls tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Vikes will step out of the conference for a trip to Seligman. The team then hosts Orme this coming Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.