Williams headed to Mercer on basketball scholarship

A year ago, Briana Williams helped lead the Henry County girls basketball team to the Class AA Final Four.

Now, as she gets ready for her senior season with the Ladyhawks, one thing she won't have to worry about is where she will spend her college career.

Williams took care of that piece of business Friday morning when she signed a letter of intent to play at Division I Mercy Univesity in Macon.

Once she signed on the dotted line, history was made as she officially became the first girls player from Henry County to sign a Division I basketball scholarship.

"It was a tough decision; it was a very tedious journey," Williams said. "There were a lot of decisions to make. I talked to my parents a whole lot about it, but I knew this is what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be."

Williams led her team to the playoffs as a sophomore, but it was last year, during her breakout junior season, when she really rose to the top of the basketball ladder, averaging 19.9 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 3.7 steals per contest.

She converted 58 percent of her shots.

Once the Ladyhawks got into the playoffs, Williams averaged 25.6 points per game, including 47 points against Dodge County in a 75-72 first-round victory.

"We have known since she was a freshman how special she is," said Henry County head coach Carl Caputa. "She had developed as a player, and she makes us proud every time she steps on the court. Last year was her breakout season, so we are really pound of her."

Williams officially begins her senior season next Friday when Henry County tips off at home against Dutchtown.

The Ladyhawks' college-bound senior has some clear cut goals for her final high school season.

"I scored 47 points in a game last year, this year I want to score 50 points," she joked.

Then Williams got serious.

"I want to get the ball to my teammates more, and do whatever I have to do to win," she said.