Wave handle Williston

Published: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 1:00 a.m.

WILLISTON - P.K. Yonge coach Willie Powers said his team's 55-47 win over Williston was not not pretty, but an ugly win is always better than a pretty loss.

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Williston's Brittany Cannady drives to the basket during the first half of Thursday's game against P.K. Yonge. The Blue Wave's Michelle Williams applies the defensive pressure. No. 1 (Class 2A) P.K. Yonge won the game 55-47.

DARON DEAN/Special to The Gainesville Sun

Sherrita Johnson led the Blue Wave, Class 2A's top-ranked girls basketball team, with 13 points and hit three straight from the foul line in the closing seconds to secure the win. Marcie Hampton followed with six points for P.K. Yonge (15-3), but also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots.

Dominique Coleman poured in a game-high 19 points, ripped down 13 rebounds and also handed out five assists in the loss for Williston (10-5), who trailed 23-19 at halftime.

"I thought at the end we played like a number one team, but for three quarters we didn't," said Powers, who is in his first year with the Blue Wave. "These girls hate to lose and they will do anything to win."

After P.K. Yonge pushed its lead to 41-32, its largest of the game, with 7:18 remaining, the Red Devils looked like they didn't want to lose either. Brittany Cannady scored five of her 13 points to fuel a 7-0 run that pulled Williston to within 41-39 at the 6:10 mark.

The Blue Wave then held a 49-43 edge with 3:02 to go, but Coleman answered with four straight points to keep her team close at 49-47 with 1:31 remaining.

After an empty trip at the foul line for P.K. Yonge, Coleman tried to tie the game with under a minute left, but was off the mark on two jump shots. But Santrice James was able to come up with a steal and was fouled with 47.7 showing on the clock. She missed both from the line and the Red Devils couldn't get closer.

P.K. Yonge nailed 6-of-7 from the free-throw line in the final 18.6 seconds. The Wave was 9-of-21 for the game from the line. They did a good job on the offensive boards down the stretch in earning the victory.

"I am satisfied with the effort and we came up to their level tonight," Williston coach Robert Patterson said. "We were up for the game, but we just missed opportunities down the stretch."

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