The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

June 26, 2013

Bluejackets' Williams helps lead North to win

Ashley BigEagle and Samantha Williams helped make it a memorable weekend recently for Bluejacket High School girls basketball coach Michael G. Schnatz.

BigEagle, Commerce, and Williams, Bluejacket, helped the North, guided by Schnatz, defeat the South 72-68 on June 15 in the 2013 Oklahoma Indian All-State Games at Bartlesville Wesleyan University.

BigEagle and Williams were selected from an original list of 180 nominations, Schnatz said on Tuesday.

“Samantha (Williams) scored five points,” Schnatz said. “Ashley (BigEagle) played good defense. We actually had another Lucky ‘7’ Conference player. Colcord’s Kindle J. Spry, chosen for the North, but she wound up playing for the South,” Schnatz said with a laugh.

Schnatz, who’ll be in his sixth season at Bluejacket in 2013-14, coached in the Indian All-State Games for the first time.

“We worked out for two hours on Friday and an hour on the day of the game,” Schnatz said.

Adair’s Raven Campos, who scored 15 points, was named the most valuable player for the North. Vici’s Amelia Tyree tallied 20 to pace the South.

The South boys won 96-86 behind 27 points from MVP Markell Henderson of Boswell. The North’s Jeylyn Sharpe, from once-beaten Class 2A Ketchum, also notched 27.

The 6-foot-5 Sharpe, who averaged 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in earning all-state honors for the Warriors, has signed with Rogers State University of Claremore.

Bluejacket’s Williams has signed with Evangel University of Springfield. BigEagle is planning to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M of Miami but won’t play basketball, Schnatz said.

Evangel head coach Leon Neal and assistant Dawn Neal — his wife — were smitten by the performance of the 5-10 Williams in the postseason Lucky ‘7’ Conference All-Star Game, Schnatz said.

“The player she worked out against at Evangel also really liked her,” Schnatz said.

“Samantha needs to improve her strength — she’s started that — and become more consistent with her outside shot,” Schnatz said.

Williams was named the offensive player of the year in the conference and logged averages of 19 points, 15 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 3 blocks. She finished with more than 1,000 career points, nearly 1,000 boards, more than 500 assists and more than 500 steals.

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