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Williams helps lead North to all-star victory at Verot

March 20, 2013
By PETE SISK (Special to THE BREEZE) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

For one last time, Camary Williams wore the blue and orange of the Cape Coral Seahawks on the basketball court.

Williams, the senior guard and sparkplug of a Seahawks team that reached the Class 5A Elite Eight for the first time in school history, was in the starting lineup Tuesday night in the SFABC Girls All-Star Game at Bishop Verot High School.

Cape Coral teammate Danaria Brice also was on the North squad, and Seahawks coaches and players were in the stands to watch.

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Cape Coral senior Camary Williams (1) looks for a teammate to pass to as she drives around a South all-star player during the SFABC (Southwest Florida Association of Basketball Coaches) All-Star game Tuesday at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers. More photos are available online at:

Williams scored 13 points as the North team defeated the South 81-70. Some came on Williams' trademark rainbow jumpers, others on driving layups and floaters.

Brice added two points. Late in the game, the two were able to be on the court together one last time.

And the attitude of Seahawks basketball on Williams was obvious.

Coaches Kirk and Olivia Myers instilled a defense-first philosophy in their players, and Williams kept it up Tuesday night. She was the only player in the all-star game to apply full-court pressure.

As she had all season, she scrambled for loose balls, forced turnovers and took rebounds away from taller players.

Williams led the Seahawks in steals during her senior year and was second in rebounding as a point guard.

On Tuesday, Williams had the chance to be on the same squad as players she'd competed against for four years, including Mariner's Monica Bono.

"It was interesting," Williams said. "But it was good because of all the talent meshed on one team."

Cape had a school-best 25-2 record, losing only to two teams (Dunbar and Fort Lauderdale Dillard) that reached the state's Final Four in their respective classifications. Combined, the Seahawks were 47-8 in Williams' and Brice's last two seasons -- a far cry from the losing seasons the two endured their first two years playing together at Cape Coral.

"We would have liked to have gone farther, but I guess it wasn't our time," Williams said of the Seahawks' season-ending loss to Dillard in the Elite Eight.

While Tuesday night may well be the end of her basketball career, Williams said she's looking for an opportunity to run track at the college level.

Among the Seahawks players and coaches watching Williams and Brice was sophomore McKenna Beach, Williams' backcourt partner this past season .

"We hate to see them leave but we know they're going to go off in a better direction," Beach said.

Mallory Burton of Charlotte High School was named Miss Basketball for Soutwest Florida and Dunbar's Dwayne Donnell was honored as coach of the year.



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