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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - TIM COOPER

CAC’s Christyn Wil­liams (top) re­bounds a missed shot by eStem’s Trin­ity Hud­son dur­ing CAC’s 55-38 vic­tory Tues­day in North Lit­tle Rock. Wil­liams fin­ished with 27 points — in­clud­ing her team’s first 11 points of the fourth quar­ter — and 11 re­bounds.

4A/3A-9 GIRLS CEN­TRAL ARK. CHRIS­TIAN 55, ESTEM 38

Christyn Wil­liams’ cool start did not hin­der Cen­tral Arkansas Chris­tian’s over­all per­for­mance Tues­day night.

The Lady Mus­tangs con­nected on 14 of 22 shots in the mid­dle two quar­ters on their way to a 55-38 vic­tory over eStem at Mus­tang Moun­tain.

Wil­liams, the Lady Mus­tangs’ star guard and UConn signee, was held to six points and four re­bounds in the first half. She fin­ished with 27 points — in­clud­ing her team’s first 11 points of the fourth quar­ter — and 11 re­bounds.

“She does that,” CAC Coach Steve Qu­at­tle­baum said. “We’ve been down in the fourth quar­ter and she just takes over the game, gets 8 or 10 points re­ally quick. She got a cou­ple of of­fen­sive re­bounds, which were big. But she does that ev­ery game.”

CAC (24-1, 13-0) and eStem (15-4, 8-2) com­pleted a dou­ble-over­time game Dec. 15 — which CAC won 76-71 — but a show­down in Tues­day’s 4A/3A-9 Con­fer­ence re­match never ma­te­ri­al­ized. The teams traded leads six times in the first 11 min­utes, but af­ter Brook­lynn May’s layup with 5:45 left in the third quar­ter brought the Lady Mets to within 25-24, CAC scored 15 of the next 17 points. The Lady Mus­tangs’ lead never fell un­der 13 points the rest of the way.

The Lady Mets burned any op­por­tu­nity of an up­set by hit­ting only 14 of 53 shots, in­clud­ing a 5 of 18 ef­fort on three-point­ers.

“It seems like there was a cover on that rim tonight,” eStem Coach Joshua Hayes said. “They shot it well. They were at home. But all of our shots were short. The en­vi­ron­ment, the in­ten­sity, I think we were tight early and we couldn’t make shots.”

Be­fore Wil­liams’ fourth-quar­ter out­put left any doubt to who would win, for­ward Jenna Davis helped put CAC on top. The 5-11 senior scored 15 of her 17 points in the first three quar­ters. She also grabbed eight re­bounds.

“It was a huge game for me be­cause it gave me an op­por­tu­nity to come back from just not scor­ing a lot of points last time,” Davis said. “I wanted to show ev­ery­one that the last game wasn’t me.”

“We knew about [Davis], but we wanted to fo­cus on Wil­liams,” Hayes said. “We didn’t want any­body else to beat us, but dog­gone it, we let it hap­pen.”

CAC fin­ished 19 of 43 from the floor. The Lady Mets out­re­bounded CAC 38-36.

Ju­nior Makayla Miller led eStem with nine points while sopho­more Alexan­dria John­son added eight. Sopho­more Trin­ity Hud­son did not score but did col­lect 13 re­bounds.

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN

Brook­lyn May of eStem strug­gles to keep her drib­ble while Cen­tral Arkansas Chris­tian’s Kel­son Miller defends in the Lady Mus­tangs’ 55-38 vic­tory over eStem.

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