Friday, March 07, 2014 2:18 AM
Published on: Thursday, January 16, 2014
By Holden Wilen
SANDY SPRING – After a strong start to the season shooting the ball, Kennedy High School shooting guard Keif Williams came into Thursday’s game against Sherwood High School struggling with his shot.
Fortunately for the Cavaliers (7-3), Williams found his shot against the Warriors (6-4) to lead his team to a 55-48 win on the road with a game-high 18 points.
“The most important thing tonight was to get the win. I wasn’t really worried about whether I was off or on,” Williams said. “Yeah, it was kind of frustrating at first the last two games, but I am just glad I got it back this game and we got the ‘W.’”
Kennedy grabbed the early lead with a 12-4 run in the first quarter to take a 12-8 lead. Williams scored seven points in the second quarter to help his team take a 25-20 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter Sherwood fought back to cut the lead to 37-34 going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter Sherwood tied the game at 45-45 with just over three minutes left in the game, but then Kennedy took over.
The Cavaliers regained the lead after a pair of free throws by Kenton Fears. Then with just more than a minute left in the game, Williams drained a three pointer with a defender running straight at him.
“The one major positive tonight that we had was Keif Williams hit some shots. He was back feeling it,” said Kennedy coach Diallo Nelson. “Before, he had trouble shooting the ball the last two games. It was nice to see him hit some shots and get his confidence back. He hit some big ones to win the game for us.”
Williams’ shot keyed a 10-3 by Kennedy to close out the game. For Kennedy, the game was the team’s third of the week. Nelson said he is happy his players finally get a chance to rest, concentrate on exam week and preparing for the second half of the season.
Sherwood’s leading scorer this season, senior forward Ellis Dozier, finished the game with only four points. Head coach Tim Gilchrist said Dozier is dealing with a knee injury he suffered in a loss to Blake, but the trainer said he was good to go against Kennedy. Now, Sherwood is left continuing its search for its first division win in the stacked 4A East where every single team has a winning record.
“The 4A East, Diallo and I call it the Big East. Every game is close and comes down to the end. It was just a pretty sloppy game from our standpoint,” Gilchrist said. “(Playing in the 4A East) helps you get battled tested. It is fun when you win by 30 but that does not prepare you for when you have to make the right pass, or grab that rebound, or make that free throw. A close game like today does.”