With Atlantic trailing 51-50, the senior forward and McDonald’s All-American missed a contested go-ahead layup in the final eight seconds of a 53-50 loss to Coral Springs Charter (24-7) in the Class 4A state semifinal at the Lakeland Center.
“I got bumped but I’m not going to hold my head down over that play,” Williams said. “This is a contact sport, I’m suppose to look for that. I should have finished, that’s what I should have done.”
Williams – who finished with 29 points (24 coming in the second half) and 13 rebounds – then fouled out going after a rebound following a missed Coral Springs free throw.
“I went to her at halftime and just told her ‘you have to take over,’” Atlantic coach George Butts said. “‘I don’t care, I’m going to do and die with you, I don’t care if you have to take every shot. You’ve got to take over right now.’”
“And she did. That’s all I could have asked of her.”
Atlantic (22-7) held a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter and a four-point lead with a little more than a minute remaining in the game. Up 49-48, Coral Springs’ Emily Williams, who finished with 24 points, sealed the game with a clutch bank shot with 38 seconds left.
The Sharks missed two three-point attempts in the final 5.9 seconds of the game.
Coral Springs will face Jacksonville Ribault in the Class 4A title game Thursday at 4:35 p.m.