Williams' jumper powers Eagles to 56-52 win over Vikings
Warren County’s sharpshooters struggled through most of the game Friday to find an open look in Northern Vance’s zone defense.
But the Eagles caught a break with the game on the line.
Dyami Wortham corralled a rebound in a scramble and kicked it out to Charlie Williams for a 3-pointer on the right wing to give Warren County a 53-52 lead with 29 seconds to play in the game.
The Eagles held on for a 56-52 win to even the season series with the Vikings (3-3).
Williams said his team drew inspiration from Northern’s exciting overtime win in Round 1 last week.
“We wanted this bad,” said Williams, a senior.
“We have a good rivalry going, good competition,” added Warren County head coach Wanda Thompson. “It’s good for us going into conference play. You want to play good teams.”
Warren County (7-1) converted half of its six 3s in the final period. Williams had two of those and led the Eagles with 15 points, shooting 3-of-7 from the outside.
“I knew we needed a quick basket and a 3 to put us up by one,” Williams said of his go-ahead jumper that was met with a roar from the home crowd. “I saw my guys down here working hard for the
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rebound. A lot of people were crashing down here on the boards. When I saw Dyami get the ball, I immediately stepped to the 3-point line and my first thought was, ‘Just shoot the ball.’”
The two sides were tied at the end of one quarter and locked on 25 at halftime before Warren County took a 36-35 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Northern led by as many as five points in the final stanza and was up 52-48 when the Eagles’ A.J. Alston knocked down two free throws with 40.6 seconds remaining.
Warren County stole the ensuing inbounds pass to set up Williams’ shot.
Down 54-52 with 10 seconds to play, Northern’s Tavin Moore missed a runner in the lane before Warren County iced the game at the foul line with less than a second on the clock.
Moore led Northern with 23 points and hit a flurry of mid-range jumpers to pace the visitors at the start of the fourth.
Alston also scored in double figures for the Eagles with 13 points.
Justin Fitts had nine points for Warren County, adding eight rebounds and five assists.
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