Scoring points often and fast would make any coach happy. But for Williams it was about keeping his young team calm, confident, and consistent.
“It was about composure and playing under control and it’s always nice to hit the first couple shots,” Williams said. “With a young team, if you hit the first couple of shots, the confidence starts to build and once we hit the first few shots we just took off from there.”
After putting up 21 in the first quarter, the Warriors’ attack slowed and they only scored 22 more points the entire game adding — six in the second quarter and eight in the third and fourth quarters. But a stingy Covenant Christian defense made sure the Eagles wouldn’t take advantage of the Warriors’ scoring struggles.
“Our philosophy has been defensive minded first,” Williams said. “We want to be a team that scores with that defensive mindset by letting our defense lead to our offense.”
South Putnam pulled to within nine late in the third quarter, but couldn’t come any closer. A tough Warrior full court press resulted in four turnovers, one of which Huff capitalized on after being fouled and making the layup on a fast break that brought the Warrior fans to their feet.
“Coming into it was really hard,” Huff said. “Starting back in summer ball, I felt like a mom at times with all of these freshmen. Playing with seniors last year, I know it’s a really hard role, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love these girls and it’s taught me a lot.”