Prep Basketball: Lady Vols take 2nd at River Valley Shootout
KINGMAN – The Lee Williams High School girls basketball team fell one victory short at the River Valley Shootout. The Lady Vols tallied five wins in two days and advanced to the championship, but lost 47-32 to Pahrump, Nevada.
“Well, you never like to lose, but our girls played exceptional basketball over the weekend,” said Lee Williams head coach Jerry Arave. “Our defense is going to carry us. We need to understand the little things really matter – like making free throws and finishing layups. Once we do that, we will be very tough. We are a young team and we are still learning, but I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks to see what we can do.”
The Lady Vols’ defense kept the title game close after the first quarter as they trailed 8-7. However, Pahrump turned the tide in the second quarter to take a 25-13 halftime advantage.
Lee Williams’ Liberty Cronk did her best to keep her team in striking range as the senior tallied eight of her team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Pahrump won the championship.
While the Lady Vols fell short in the title game, they did tally a 26-24 victory over Estrella Foothills, a squad they lost to in last season’s 4A State Tournament.
“This was a real battle,” Arave said. “Both teams wanted to win and neither would back down. Our girls just told each other there was no way they were losing and then they went out and got it done. I am very proud of them.”
Lee Williams found itself in a close battle with just over three minutes to play as it trailed by two. The charity stripe was kind to the Lady Vols, though. Hayle Davis converted three consecutive free throws to give Lee Williams a one-point lead.
The back-and-forth battle continued until freshman Becca Arave grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to give the Lady Vols a 26-24 lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Jimenez led the way with nine points, followed by Becca Arave with eight and Davis and Cronk with three each.
Lee Williams opened Saturday with a 29-12 win over Kingman Academy. Jimenez scored a team-high six points, while Becca Arave added four.
The Lady Vols (1-0) host Kingman Academy at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.