Volunteers enter race with win, 58-49

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Lee Williams’s Marco Narvarte (34) and Kael Juelfs try to stop River Valley’s Brandon Sahlstrom from scoring Friday at LWHS. Though Juelfs ended the night with a broken nose, the Vols won, 58-49.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> Lee Williams’s Marco Narvarte (34) and Kael Juelfs try to stop River Valley’s Brandon Sahlstrom from scoring Friday at LWHS. Though Juelfs ended the night with a broken nose, the Vols won, 58-49.

KINGMAN - Sometimes you have to shout it at the top of your lungs.

That's what No. 19 Lee Williams (8-6, 1-1) did when the Volunteers knocked off No. 15 River Valley (7-4, 1-1) in a Division IV, Section III boys basketball game and got themselves into the section race Friday at LWHS.

Lee Williams had been slumping of late after being ranked as high as No. 1 earlier in the season. They made the necessary adjustments since losing 6-foot-7-inch senior Giancarlo Narvarte to a back injury in the 58-49 win over the Dust Devils.

"We're starting to play better," said LWHS boys basketball coach Ray Smith. "We executed our defensive game plan for the whole game and that was to shut down their guards."

River Valley is normally led by David Larrabee, who averages 26.9 points per game. Lee Williams held him to nine.

"We had to play good defense and they are a helluva basketball team," said 6-5 senior Chaise Shropshire. "That kid is a good ballplayer and we shut him down."

Shropshire led the Vols with 27 points. He's becoming more of an inside threat in Narvarte's absence and will need to continue being so if Lee Williams wants to advance into the postseason.

"I had to go in with the mindset that every rebound was mine," Shropshire said. "And on the inside, I just had to get after it. Braxton (Burgess) and all of our guards got me good looks and everyone good looks."

Burgess finished with nine points for the Vols.

After holding a one point lead at halftime, 20-19, Lee Williams exploded for 38 second-half points. That was more points than in four of its regular season games.

"We executed offensively in the second half," Smith said. "We kept telling our guards to quit standing and start penetrating. It's what we worked on all week. To get it inside and get it to our big boys."

Marco Narvarte scored 12 points for the Vols. Nate Cottrell added four, Lawrence Campbell contributed three, and Kenyon Rowley made a free throw. Sophomore Kael Juelfs, who made a first-quarter bucket, broke his nose in the game but is fine.

Lee Williams plays at Kingman Academy (5-8) in a non-section game at 7 p.m. Monday.