Latisha Williams kept hollering, screaming, and imploring — over and over again.
Every time her Killeen Lady Roos basketball team would sprint back down the court Tuesday night against Marble Falls, Williams would bellow, “Where’s 20? Who’s got 20. Watch 20.”
Time and time again, the Lady Roos coach demanded that her defense “find 20”— who is senior winger Sarah Stripling, the most dangerous scorer on the Lady Mustangs.
The Killeen defense listened, and in more ways than one as the Lady Roos won 45-28 over the previously undefeated Lady Mustangs (3-1). Senior Ceida Williams had a double-double with 12-points and a whopping 20 rebounds — 12 offensive — while Killeen’s D attacked Stripling and held her to nine points on 3 of 13 shooting.
“Our defense really played well on (Stripling) and we were able to force some turnovers,” said Williams. “But I don’t think we win if Ceida doesn’t rebound like that.”
The Lady Roos totaled 33 rebounds on the night — they needed every one.
They started off about as bad as Williams has seen the Lady Roos (4-4) all year and found themselves trailing 6-5 after the first quarter. Both teams totaled five turnovers each during the quarter.
Bad passes and worse shots doomed both teams early, but at the onset of the second quarter, freshman Shianne Johnson drilled a long 3 that put the Lady Roos up 8-5. They never trailed again.
“Shianne was a spark for us tonight,” said Williams. “She made baskets and played well overall. And Tia Harston’s defense on Stripling was exactly what we needed because when that player gets the ball in her hands, nothing good can happen for us.”
Harston had four points but more importantly tallied five steals while covering Stripling.
But the night was about Ceida Williams, even if she refused to acknowledge the fact.
“It’s my job to get rebounds and to tip the loose balls to my teammates,” she said. “Tonight I was in the zone and I was aggressive.”
The lead ballooned during the second quarter. The Lady Roos only allowed a single field goal in that frame while scoring 13 points and extending their lead to 18-8 at the half.
With the score 14-6 in favor of Killeen, senior Chalon Anderson stole an inbounds pass and finished with an easy layup to push the score to 16-6. The play was a huge lift for the Lady Roos as they went on a 29-12 run to finish the game.
Killeen plays host to Waco La Vega on Monday.