Williams injects life into Jamaica game
Goal attack Hasana Williams, who replaced Carlalee Tingling in Jamaica's third of five matches against England in their under-21 showdown at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday night, turned out to be a bright spark on a dismal night for the local lassies.
With the team struggling to maintain possession in mid-court, Williams came off the bench to provide the lift needed. In the end though, the locals could not catch their opponents down the stretch and went under 42-39 in another close matchup.
From the moment Williams entered the game, she played with a higher level of intensity than her teammates, turning out to be more than a handful for their opponents.
Her movements off the ball created openings that other players were not able to and her constant movement provide continuous options for her teammates.
She also linked up well with goal shooter Simone Gordon, and the two were the Jamaicans' best players on the night. Gordon ended the game with 23 points from 29 attempts and Williams had 15 from 20 attempts.
"I had to bring the attack," she admitted. "The defenders were not driving down, so I had to go to the ball to help them because if I didn't, we were going to lose the ball," she observed.
"I believe I contributed a lot with my intensity, my agility and my shooting, and I thought we played a good game. We worked hard, but my teammates and I made a lot of turnovers and I thought we beat ourselves," she continued.
The Sunshine Girls trailed 12-8 after the first quarter and 22-19 at half-time. England stretched their lead to five points (34-29) at the end of the third period and despite a valiant effort to cut the deficit in the last stanza, the English proved too good on the night and were not to be denied.