East­side star signs to col­lege

East­side stand­out Raven Wil­liams signs with Rein­hardt Univer­sity

The Covington News - - Front Page - Josh Briggs jbriggs@cov­news.com

From the day she walked into East­side's gym to play bas­ket­ball as a fresh­man, Raven Wil­liams was a fix­ture at the point guard po­si­tion. Four years later, she's a grad­u­ate headed to play col­lege bas­ket­ball.

Wil­liams signed a letter of in­tent to play bas­ket­ball at Rein­hardt Col­lege Mon­day and will be mak- ing the tran­si­tion in the fall.

Wil­liams av­er­aged 10 points per game over her ca­reer as a Lady Ea­gle and is among the school's ca­reer lead­ers in steals, as­sists and 3-point­ers made. The sweet-shoot­ing lefty was known for her tena­cious de­fense and abil­ity to pen­e­trate but could also beat de­fend­ers from be­yond the arc.

Wil­liams was also one of East­side's most re­li­able play­ers. In four years she missed only a hand­ful of games and of­ten played through nag­ging in­juries.

As the point guard, Wil­liams led the Lady Ea­gles to the school's first play­off win this year. The Lady Ea­gles reached the sec­ond round of the Class AAA play­offs for the first time in school his­tory in 2011.

Wil­liams was part of a start­ing back­court with Jjade Cook that played more than 100 high school games to­gether. She was an All-Re­gion hon­oree her se­nior year and made The News All-County team three straight years.

Rein­hardt Univer­sity is in Waleska, north of Can­ton. The Rein­hardt Ea­gles play in the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­let­ics and are part of the Ap­palachian Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. The Ea­gles are com­ing off a 14-17 sea­son and went 59 in con­fer­ence play. They were 9-6 at home in 201011.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Raven Wil­liams signed Mon­day with Rein­hardt Univer­sity to play bas­ket­ball this fall. Sitting to Raven’s right is her fa­ther Billy Wil­liams and to her left is her mother Jen­nifer Wil­liams. Sec­ond row left is her fresh­man and sopho­more head coach Ja­son Grooms, head coach ju­nior and se­nior year Matthew Jack­son, Rein­hardt coach Amanda Clonts, as­sis­tant Lady Ea­gles coaches Jeff Cook and Brian Nun and her AAU Run­ning Saints coach Kinkaid Lee.

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