Williams leads Rock Bridge girls basketball past Hickman

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | 10:29 p.m. CST; updated 12:07 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 29, 2009

COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge’s Amaya Williams felt a little tired and sick after Wednesday night’s game against Hickman. But mostly, she felt good. The junior guard led the Bruins with 22 points to helpher team defeat rival Hickman 59-55 at Hickman.

“She’s a big time player,” Rock Bridge coach Jill Nagel said, “and big time players step up in big-time moments. I just wish we wouldn’t have had to make her score that many points.”.  

After a halftime tie at 24, Williams came back strong. Williams scored 16 of her points in the second half.

"I play every game hard, but you play a little harder against your rival," Williams said.  

Hickman led 40-39 at the end of the third quarter, and kept in the game with long-distance shooting from Chasity Prince and Nicole Schulz. However, Rock Bridge used accurate free-throw shooting to move ahead at the end of the game. 

Rock Bridge, the 2008 state champions, are now 16-2 overall, and are ranked sixth in the state by

Nagel was honored with the Win for Columbia Female Coach of the Year Award at the Women’s Intersport Network for Columbia's 12th annual awards luncheon on Tuesday at Columbia College.  The Bruins girls basketball team also took home the Winner’s Choice Award. Hopefully, just one of many more honors to come this season for the Bruins.

Another honor the team also holds?

“I think she (Nagel) is proud of us,” Williams said.

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