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Williams named Player of the Year

<p>FILE PHOTO</p><p>Greenwood’s Lundon Williams goes around a pick set by Megan Hartness against Parkview during the 6A state championship game March 15, 2014, in Hot Springs.</p>

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Greenwood’s Lundon Williams goes around a pick set by Megan Hartness against Parkview during the 6A state championship game March 15, 2014, in Hot Springs.

Lundon Williams packed a lot of memories into a spectacular four-year career that will be remembered as the best four-year stretch of basketball in Greenwood Lady Bulldogs’ history.

During Williams’ career as a starter, the Lady Bulldogs racked up a 95-29 record, two state titles and two semifinal appearances. Williams capped her career with a state championship this year that included a torrid four-game run through the 6A State Tournament on the way to a 23-6 mark. For her performance this season, Williams is the Times Record Arkansas Girls Player of the Year.

“I’m definitely going to remember winning state,” Williams said. “A lot of people told us that we couldn’t do it because we had already beaten Parkview twice and that it’s hard to beat a team three times. We weren’t picked to win, and to come out with that win is really special to all of us.”

This season, Williams averaged 17.6 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, 3.2 steals per game, hit 69.9 of her free throws and 40.1 from 3-point range. Williams finished with school records in points (1,779), assists (567), steals (315), 3-pointers made (213) and 3-pointers attempts (598).

Throughout her career, Williams displayed uncanny abilities as a ball handler, shooter, scorer and defender as proven by her numbers.

“She’s a total team player and had the opportunity to play with some great teammates at the same time,” Greenwood head coach Clay Reeves said. “That makes it great. She did whatever it took for our team — if it needed to be scoring, or lead us in assists, or whatever she needed to so. She was very unselfish. She wasn’t one minded in thinking she just needed to score or just needed to play defense, she did whatever it took to make the team better.”

Williams said being a four-year player was special to her.

“We had so many close games that we won and so many close games that we lost that we learned from,” Williams said. “I will remember the time over four years with my teammates, and friendships that will last a lifetime. I’m so thankful for that. I not only grew as a player but as a person, from being a freshman girl with girls that were three years older than me that helped me grow through my career.”

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