Lady Vols still get section nod

KINGMAN - When it comes to a program's first-ever postseason appearance, it doesn't matter how it gets there. It only matters that it got there.

The Lee Williams girls basketball team gets to advance to the Division III, Section VI tournament thanks to Mohave's 48-31 win over Shadow Ridge Thursday that eliminated Shadow Ridge and boosted the Lady Vols into the tournament.

Lee Williams (8-9, 2-4) fell to Kingman (16-1, 5-1) to end the regular season Friday, 45-36. Despite the loss, the Lady Vols did look sharper than they had been of late.

"We definitely had some positives," said LWHS girls basketball coach Cain Atkinson. "We still have some things that hurt us like turning the ball over when nobody is guarding us. For the most part, though, we were a lot more patient than we had been."

Freshman Chania Scott scored a game-high 14 points for the Lady Vols. Sadie Snay contributed 10 points, Marli Lauck added eight, and Mya Radler and Madi Arave each had two.

Lee Williams has to play No. 1 seed Buckeye (14-4, 6-0) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Buckeye Youngker. Should the Lady Vols pull off the upset, they'll have to play the Kingman-Estrella Foothills winner on Saturday at Youngker.

"We've got to be patient," Atkinson said. "We had 56 turnovers last time we played them, so we have to cut those down."

The Lady Vols are currently ranked No. 41 in D-III, and the top 24 get state tournament spots. Lee Williams will have to win its next two games and earn the section's automatic berth.

"We'll have to do a good job passing to the open girls and then making it a good pass and not freaking out," the coach said. "We have to slow down the pace."