It took Dominique Williams the better portion of the first quarter to shake her nerves, but when she did, she looked unstoppable.
The 6-foot Centennial High sophomore is already being courted by Division I programs, and she showed why Saturday night in a tight contest against Mountain View.
Williams scored a game-leading 19 points as the Patriots held off the Mavericks 54-52 in a matchup between the No. 2 and No. 3 girls basketball teams in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference.
It was high adrenaline because I was supposed to go (to Mountain View), Williams said. Its kind of like a little rivalry. I just had to slow down and relax, and I got it together.
After missing her inside looks early, Williams moved out to 3-point range, nailing the shot on her first look to get the Patriots on the scoreboard following a nine-point run by Mountain View to start the game.
Dominique really is unstoppable. She is a key factor for us, Centennial coach Cassie Bro said. She can score outside. She can score inside. Weve just been really working on her with going up strong and going straight to the basket, and she did it tonight.
Mountain View (12-5, 10-5) finished the first quarter with an 11-9 advantage, but the lead changed hands 11 times including nine times in the second half as the Mavericks and Patriots (15-2, 13-2) combined for 15 3-pointers.
We all knew this was going to be a really high-intensity game, Centennial freshman point guard Ayana Amaechi said. We knew we were going to have to give it our all, because when it comes to Mountain View, its always down to the wire.
Centennial made six 3-pointers in the third quarter two apiece from Tori Williams and Katie Atkinson, and one each from Robyn Koetter and Dominique Williams to put the Patriots ahead 41-40 heading into the final frame.
The teams exchanged the lead four more times in the fourth quarter, and Mountain View had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but just missed on a pair of inside shots.
One loss doesnt define a team, and picking each other up after losses is whats going to define us and make us better, said Mountain View sophomore Destiny Slocum, who had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Getting so close to districts and state, I think growing is going to be the biggest thing.
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