Romin Williams had the look of a race-car driver, weaving in and out of traffic in a furiously paced Class 2A second-round playoff game against Sophie Wright on Tuesday.
Williams, Country Day’s point guard, definitely had the green light, scoring 31 points and kept the Cajuns in control with his ball-handling in an 87-65 victory over the Warriors, a fellow District 9-2A team, at Warren Easton’s gymnasium.
Backcourt mate Mike bCorchiani scored 26 points, 18 in the second half when Wright tried to come back.
“Romin was tremendous with his scoring and handling their pressure,” Country Day coach Mike McGuire said. “Romin and Mike are our leaders, and both did a fabulous job, but other guys stepped up for us, too. It was an intense game, and our kids kept their composure.”
Williams helped the Cajuns (24-8) break upon a close game by outscoring Wright 20-7 in the second quarter, and Country Day led by as many as 24 points the rest of the way.
The Cajuns will play Rayville on Friday at Country Day.
The Warriors, who ended the season 18-11, employed a man-to-man press from the opening tipoff. Country Day countered with its 1-2-2 press, making for fast-paced action.
Willliams scored 16 points in leading Country Day to a 38-21 halftime lead. The Cajuns were ahead just 19-6 at 6:28 of the second quarter, when McGuire called timeout and told his team to hold the ball longer, that the Warriors wanted them to speed the game up.
Country Day responded with a 7-0 burst in taking its first 10-point lead, 26-16. Then, after Wright’s Charlie Russell sank a baseline turnaround jumper that cut the lead to 28-18, Williams answered with a 25-foot 3-point shot at the 2:39 mark. That started a 10-0 run highlighted by Kaleb Jenkins’ 3-pointer from the right side.
Country Day led 63-39 at the end of the third quarter.
“Williams and Corchiani are really good players and great kids, and they just kept making play after play,” said Wright coach Jason Bertrand. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the hole, and we missed a lot of free throws, too, which didn’t help.”
The Warriors shot 15-of-28 from the free-throw line. They came to 17 points of the lead in the fourth quarter before the Cajuns pulled away.