AAA PATRIOT GIRLS
Lee's Williams Helps Hand Her Old School, South County, Its First Loss
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Lee senior guard Jackie Williams played for two years at South County. Yet it wasn't until she was a visiting player that she made a game-winning shot on her old home floor.
With her team down by one last night, Williams drove the lane and, while being fouled, got her layin to creep over the front of the rim. She then completed a three-point play to give the Lancers a 44-42 comeback win over the previously unbeaten Stallions in the teams' Virginia AAA Patriot District opener.
Lee (4-1, 1-0), the defending Northern Region champion, trailed by 11 to start the fourth quarter. From the 5-minute 32-second mark of the final period until 1:45 remained, Lancers senior guard Priscilla Moseh scored 11 consecutive points, including two free throws that tied the score at 41.
Williams and Moseh combined for 37 of their team's 44 points.
Lee has been without senior forward Kristine Mial, the reigning region tournament player of the year, who has missed all five games with a shin injury. She might be cleared to play this week.
There were questions about the Lancers being able to defend their region title even with Mial, so scrambling for a road win against an unbeaten team to start the district schedule was particularly pleasing for first-year coach Harold Jackson.
"It just makes it that much more special to know that we can do it without Kristine, or without any particular player," Williams said.
"If we can do it now without Kristine," Moseh said, "no one knows what's going to come when Kristine" comes back.
South County (5-1, 0-1), one win shy of last season's total, is a curiosity because of the reputation of first-year coach Chrissy Kelly, who led Forest Park to five consecutive state tournaments and two titles, and a young roster that includes one senior.
Sophomore Simone Antwi, a 6-foot-1 forward, is the top young South County player. She had 13 points and 17 rebounds last night, but collectively, the Stallions' inexperience showed. They committed 28 turnovers, 16 more than Lee, including a costly double-dribble when up one with eight seconds left.
From the 1:12 mark of the third quarter until game's end, the Stallions scored five points.
"Right now, we have a very low basketball IQ," Kelly said. "My kids are learning that playing is very different from thinking the game. My kids don't think the game. They just play."
Lee 44 South County 42 Win, Lose or Draw: Lee senior Kristine Mial, inactive because of a shin injury, spent much of the game sketching a picture of one of the officials. Familiar Faces: Three of South County Coach Chrissy Kelly's assistant coaches are former players of hers at Forest Park.