BILLINGS — The Billings Skyview Girls Basketball Team put the sport into one of the simplest terms on Friday night.
Wait for Breanna Williams to settle down, seal the defender with a low block, and pass the ball inside.
“I mean, when you have a player like Breana, you should try to get her to play basketball,” said Skyview coach Brent Montagu, who said the No. 2 Falcons at Skyview Gym are in Great Falls CMR 69. After beating -28, it deadpanned.
Williams, the MVP of last year’s Class AA state tournament, has earned major college basketball looks from across the country. Friday was an example of why.
The 6-foot-2 junior scored 28 points despite sitting on the bench the entire fourth quarter, helping the Falcons bounce back from a loss to top-ranked Helena Capital just before the Christmas break. Williams personally scored his 8-0 run at the start of the third quarter.
“She’s our focal point,” said senior guard Charlize Davis. Even if you can shoot, usually no one can stop you, so you have to keep your head down at all times.”
The 28 points was a career-high for Williams, and his points-per-game average has risen to 19.8. Who knows how many she would have finished if Skyview needed her or any other starter in her final quarter.
But what worried Williams was that her team had regained some of the intensity she thought she might have missed last game against the Bruins nearly three weeks ago. bottom.
“I think I was itching to get back on the court when I got back from my Christmas break,” she said. “I think I learned from that loss, and I wanted to get back on the court.
Williams is one of two holding starters from last year’s state championship team. Already one of them, Alexis Brauer, has been sidelined since the season opener with a leg injury, and the best part is Ray Smart (11 points), Charlize his Davis (9 points) and Taryn Salvesson (8 points). is also important.
The Falcons, who have improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Eastern AA, may have a much different roster than they did a year ago, but Davis doesn’t see opponents minding. I doubt it.
“We have huge goals on our backs,” she said. “Not everyone is praying for our downfall, but at the same time, they want to see us lose. I’m going to give my best in this game. Effort in this team is never lacking, so that’s the only thing I can expect from these girls.
Again, keep things simple.
“It was a good night for sure,” Montague said, taking notes more seriously than before. rebounded the ball, shared it, got it where it needed to be, and put it in the basket for the most part.”