WILLIAMSTON – Maddie Watters has a passion for basketball and would like to play it beyond her career at Williamston High School.
More strong performances like what she showed Tuesday could help the sophomore guard in her mission to achieve that goal.
Watters scored in transition and from the perimeter in what was a strong start to her sophomore season. She had a game-high 23 points for Williamston in its 62-18 victory over Holt, which played without Western Michigan signee Kamrin Reed.
“It meant a lot to come out with a lot of power and everything,” said Watters, who made 10 of 16 shots from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers.
“I think it was really important to come out with speed and momentum and push from the start. That was really the main goal for everybody was to just come out pushing at the beginning. The game plan is to run and that’s what we did.”
Watters and senior guard Renee Sturm fueled the attack for defending CAAC White champion Williamston. And Hornets coach Pete Cool said that duo will play a significant role this winter for the Hornets, who have just eight players on their roster.
“Maddie is huge for us,” Cool said. “She’s only a sophomore but she’s been playing a lot of AAU and she’s had many, many years of actual basketball experience.
“She and Renee are a huge part of our offense.”
Both were key to the Hornets staking out a big early lead and combined for 16 points in a strong opening quarter where they outscored the Rams 25-0. Sturm finished with 12 points and junior guard Elana Lycos scored 10 for Williamston in the dominant win.
“Holt was without one of the best players in the state, but I was happy with how we set the tone,” Cool said. “We pushed the ball well. We need some work on defense and things like that, but it’s good to get the first game under the belt and go from there.”
Lauren Seagren, who missed most of last season with an injury, had five points and Syri Ammon scored four for defending CAAC Blue champion Holt.
The Rams missed Reed, who is coming off an ACL injury that sidelined her all of last season. Holt didn’t score its first point until the 5:25 mark in the second quarter and make its first field goal until 3:06 remained in the opening half.
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