East County Sports

Patriot Williams ties local scoring mark



EastCountySports.com staff report


SAN DIEGO – Christian High senior Kristin Williams scored 52 points on Wednesday night in the Patriots’ 87-37 win over Maranatha Christian to match the all-time East County single-game scoring mark.

Williams, a sharp-shooting guard headed for the University of San Diego, had a water bottle celebration waiting for her from teammates in the locker room after scoring 51 points from the field and one from the foul line.

Williams knocked down eight three-point field goals.

“My teammates did most of the work,” Williams said. “I just made my shots and felt good tonight. They got me open and got me the ball.”

Her 52 points ties equals the Grossmont Conference single-game scoring mark held by Grossmont Foothiller legend Christina Adams (vs. West Hills, Jan. 20, 1990).

Williams is only the third East County player to ever score at least 50 points in a game, joining Adams (who also had a pair of 50-point games) and El Cajon Valley star Reco Edwards (50 vs. West Hills on Feb. 17, 1994).

“It felt great to get that accomplishment,” Williams said. “Hopefully, there is more to come but it’s a team effort.”

Williams wasn’t the only Patriot in double figures. Koko Akridge added 10 points for the Pats.

But Williams seemed headed for a big game from the outset.

Williams hit a trio of threes in the opening quarter, putting up 19 points in the first eight minutes. She added another pair of treys in the second quarter to have 32 points at halftime.

Although she didn’t make a triple in the third, Williams added nine points in the third quarter, including a more traditional three-point play, with a basket and a free throw conversion.

In the final quarter, Williams had three threes and another field goal to reach her record-setting total.

Williams also had eight assists and nine steals. Akridge added four thefts.

“My biggest contribution was being able to defend,” Akridge said. “I was also able to find open lanes to the basket. With such an amazing group of girls, it’s easy to just go out there and have fun.”

Serene Weckback scored all six of her points in the third quarter and finished the game with a team-high six rebounds.

“I’m so proud of Kristin,” Weckback said. “I feel I did a great job rebounding and putting back shots, as well as, fronting (Eagle center Emmy Stout).”

Christian High senior Jaya Little finished with six points, five rebounds, and three assists.

It was the Eagles’ first loss of the season. Stout led Maranatha with 10 points.

Christian High, which seemed to have all been forgotten by local pollsters with their inactive start to the season, improved to 2-1.

“I feel like we are learning how to work well together,” Little said. “I think our chemistry is better than we thought it was. Seeing my teammates going after it just motivates me to do the same. It’s great to be able to play with such great people and be coached under such an amazing woman of God as Coach (Vickie Carrington).”

The performance by Williams, although an individual accomplishment, is sure to wake up the masses who might be sleeping on the Patriots early, especially coming off their 18-point loss to El Camino.

For Carrington, it has been another memorable week in her career and personal life, as she saw her daughter, DiJonai, selected by the Connecticut Sun, of the WNBA, in the first round of the league’s annual draft last Wednesday.

“I’ve been pushing this team to rise above and dig deep,” said the coach. “I love this squad. We played hard and with passion. We still have some work but I loved what I saw, especially from my younger players – Alyssa Speers, Amyaha Walker, Noelle Sanchez, and Rebecca Zaldana. These young ladies will be showstoppers in the future. I am a proud coach, but I give All the Glory to God.”


HELIX 67, MIRA MESA 43 – The Highlanders knocked off the visiting Marauders behind 16 points and five rebounds from Serena Soloman, a senior.

Junior Angel Riggins added 10 points for the Highlanders.

Senior Le’Niyah Jones added eight points for Helix, as did teammate, Delina Yetbarak and Reagan Havtasingh.

Havtasingh, a freshman, had a team-high six rebounds.

Helix will travel to face West Hills in the league opener on Friday.



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