On the heels of winning the 5A state championship, Centennial High’s Tori Williams was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Idaho Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Monday.
The 5-foot-8 senior guard and 5A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game while shooting 35 percent from 3-point range.
Williams scored a game-high 15 points as the Patriots beat Eagle 40-37 in the state championship game, their first win over the Mustangs in four tries.
“Tori Williams is the most competitive player I have ever coached,” Centennial coach Candace Thornton said. “It does not matter if it’s a drill, practice or game, she refuses to lose.
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“More than once this season, she came over to me at the bench, looked me in the eye and said, ‘We are not losing this game.’ Every time I believe her, and every time she has been right, including in the state championship.”
Williams has signed to play for Utah beginning this fall.