Columbia senior is a big contributor


Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 1:36 a.m.
Kendric Williams is a 5-8 point guard who keys the Tigers' offense.
Columbia basketball coach Trey Hosford got an added bonus when senior point guard Kendric Williams became a starter three years ago. With Kendric's younger brother, Kenny, also starting for the Tigers, Kendric Williams learned about being a leader before his basketball career began.
"He's had some experience being a leader in the past," Hosford said of the elder Williams. "(Kendric's) not a vocal kid. He shows his leadership on the floor.
"He plays much bigger than his size indicates."
Kendric Williams, who is small even for a point guard at 5-foot-8, led the Tigers (8-5, 4-1) with 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a 64-54 win over Union County this week. Kenny Williams added 17 starting at the other guard position.
"You can tell it's special for Kendric (playing with his brother)," Hosford said. "When you watch them play together, it's funny because they know what the other is thinking on the floor."
Kendric Williams tied a season high with 21 points in a loss to Jacksonville Forrest. However, the Tigers outscored Forrest in the second half and beat Middleburg on Saturday night, making Hosford believe that his team is moving in the right direction. And Kendric Williams is a key component to Columbia moving in that direction.
"Our offense runs through Kendric," Hosford said. "He's the key ingredient."
Kendric Williams averaged 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds in Columbia's three games this week.
The Tigers travel to Jacksonville on Tuesday to play district rival Lee. Kendric Williams led the Tigers with 18 points in a win over Lee at home earlier this season.
Because of his size, Kendric Williams doesn't have any scholarship offers, but he plans to play in college somewhere.
"I think his size has people hesitant," Hosford said. "But somebody's going to get a steal because he sees the floor so well."

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Girls Basketball
  • KITTERY NEALE, OAK HALL- Neale scored 80 points and recorded 28 rebounds in three games this week for an average of 26.6 points and nine rebounds per game.
    Girls Soccer
  • EMILY SHORE, OAK HALL - The freshman sweeper scored two goals and recorded one assist in three games this week.

    Honorable mention

  • Girls Basketball Laquenda Ward, Chiefland - The junior guard scored 31 points and recorded 19 rebounds, 12 steals and eight assists in three games this week.
    Ashley McDonald, Eastside - The senior guard averaged 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in three wins this week, including an upset over 6A Sarasota Riverview.
    Kim White, Santa Fe - The junior point guard scored 31 points and recorded 14 steals and 10 rebounds in two games this week.
  • Boys Basketball Willie Powers, P.K. Yonge - The sophomore guard averaged 14.5 points, five rebounds and four assists in two games this week.
  • Girls Soccer Lauren Firmat, Oak Hall - The junior midfielder played great defense in three games this week.
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