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Dancing with Knight’s star

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Williams, who has 12 double-doubles this year, notched a triple-double (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals) in her first career varsity game, a 58-39 victory Nov. 30 over Paraclete. The 5-foot-10 forward – also a two-time Golden League shot put champion in track and field – has four double-doubles in her past five games, including a career-high 31 points and 14 rebounds Jan. 6 against Antelope Valley. “Jahne is a super athlete,” Henderson said. “She’s got this happy-go-lucky personality, and she likes to joke a lot, but she is serious when she needs to be.” Williams is a Division I college prospect who is working on her game. She sometimes jumps passing lanes too aggressively, committing unnecessary fouls – she has 69 fouls this season – and foul trouble has limited her playing time in some games. And she is hesitant to dribble to her left. “There’s always room for improvement,” Williams acknowledged. “I don’t think I’m the best I’ll ever be. I know I need to improve defensively.” There are some athletes who like to listen to music before games. Others prefer to survey the opposition or talk strategy with coaches. Then there’s Jahne Williams, a junior on the Knight High girls’ basketball team. “She dances,” Knight assistant coach Danny Henderson said. “Most girls try and focus before games. They don’t talk. (Head coach Shawn Johnson and I) joke that Jahne won’t get hurt on the court, but dancing on the sidelines before the game.” Henderson says he believes this carefree spirit has contributed to Williams’ success on the court. In 21 games this year, the first-year varsity player has team highs of 16.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game. Lancaster coach John Gallen, whose Eagles beat Knight 56-41 on Jan. 4, says Lancaster senior Andrea Bobic and Palmdale junior Brittney Lloyd are Williams’ equals. “But there’s no question,” Gallen said. “To beat Knight, you have to first stop Jahne Williams.” Although not expected to seriously contend for the league title, Knight (11-10 overall, 4-2 Golden), in its first year as a varsity program, is in third place, behind Palmdale (10-10, 5-0) and Lancaster (10-4, 3-1). Knight also is receiving significant contributions from sophomore Gelenda Loving (11.9 points per game) and junior Nicole Troncoso (8.9 rebounds per game). The Hawks, who have no seniors, play host to Lancaster Tuesday and Palmdale on Feb. 3. Upset victories could catapult Knight atop the standings, but don’t expect the magnitude of those games to deter Williams from her pregame routine. “Jahne is such a stress-reducer,” Johnson said. “She is so lighthearted, sometimes goofy, but she knows exactly when to turn it on. She really hates to lose.” Kevin Connelly, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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