First Posted: 1/22/2009
Name: Danielle Williams
School: Mount Airy
Notable: Williams entered the Granite Bears Jan. 16 clash with East Surry a freshman, but by the end of the game she was a varsity star after scoring 15 points to help the Bears (10-4, 4-3) upset the Cardinals.
What looked to be an emergence to most, was a return to normalcy for Williams.
After that game I felt like I was myself again, Williams explained. I play AAU ball (for the Surry Storm) and I have two teammates (Taylor and Jordan Hiatt) that I play with. When Im over there its like I play like myself.
When I came into high school I felt like I had to pass the ball because I was a freshman. And now that I brought my confidence up, I feel much better.
The secret to her breakout game, Williams conceded, was practice, practice and even more practice. The shooting guard spends her Sundays in the gym working on her shooting and dribbling. Its no coincidence those aspects of her came shined through last week.
Mount Airy coach Howard Mayo expects Williams to keep playing at a high level.
Shes a freshman getting meaningful minutes and, as you saw in the East Surry game, youre going to continue to see good things from her.
I definitely think she can get better over the next four years and continue to improve on her defense and ball handling. As those things continue to progress, I think you will continue to see her develop as a better player.
Coming into the game, Williams averaged just five points and two rebounds a game. However, the shooting guard saved her best game of the season for one of the Bears toughest tests.
Danielle had confidence in her ball game and her shooting, Mount Airy coach Howard Mayo said, and those are important things to have.
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