Jerica Williams’ debut as Windward coach ends in victory

Jerrica Williams led the Windwardens to a win over Harvard-Westlake in her coaching debut.

Jerrica Williams led the Windwardens to a win over Harvard-Westlake in her coaching debut. (Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Times)

Jerrica Williams sure doesn’t want to be asked to replace Legends. She was the coach at Detroit Country Day last season, took over for the popular coach and is now at Windward, replacing Vanessa Nygaard, who left to coach in the WNBA.

In her first game at Harvard-Westlake on Wednesday night, Williams will have to face former head coach Melissa Herlihy, the second-most in state history with more than 800 girls basketball games. Down by eight points in the third quarter, Windward rallied behind Sky Baker to pull out a 57-48 victory in the Harvard-Westlake Invitational.

Belker finished with 21 points. Laurel Hines hit the big shot of the night, a three-pointer with 2:08 left to tie the game at 48-48.

“Their defense was strong,” Williams said of Harvard-Westlake’s tenure as an assistant coach. “They were playing harder than us, and then we started to get the ball back.”

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Diana Thompson led Harvard-Westlake with 13 points. Windward features a 6-foot-3 sophomore in Taylor Gerrard, who committed from Texas.

Birmingham 65, Camarillo 55. Didi Berry had 16 points and Lily Martinez had 13 points for the Patriots.

Granada Hills 40, Saugus 35: Marianne Bosco finished 2-0 with 16 points and seven steals for Highland.

Men’s basketball

Rolling Hills Prep 53, St. Anthony 42: JV Brown had 30 points and 10 rebounds for 3-0 Rolling Hills Prep.

Newbury Park 66, Viewpoint 43: Cooper Lucas had 22 points and Charlie Muir had 16 points for the 3-0 Panthers. Kyle Sardo had 21 points for Viewpoint.

Sierra Canyon 85, King/Figure 53: Jimmy Olakodun had a big debut as a Trailblazer – 24 points. Ashton Hardaway added 18. Donald Thompson led the King/Drew with 13. Brony James did not play due to illness.

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Oak Park 56, Loyola 42: Dylan Hayes had 16 points and seven rebounds for the 2-0 Eagles.

Rancho Cucamonga 84, Sage Hill 74: Shadale Knight scored 28 points and Aaron Glass scored 20 points for Rancho Cucamonga.

San Pedro 85, Los Angeles 47. Jason Salonga had 21 points, Zach Saavedra 18 and Anthony Hrboka and Naz Bean each had 14 points for San Pedro.

University 83, Carson 52. Josh Sanders led the University with 21 points.

Sagus 72, Agora 68: Max Tengan continued his strong first season with 30 points for Saugus.

Heritage Christian 89, Moorpark 54. Seven Bahti had 23 points and Tai Simmons had 19 points for Heritage Christian.

Oaks Christian 66, Santa Paula 23: Stevie Prudolme finished with 19 points for the Lions.

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Simi Valley 74, Crescent Valley 64: Ryder Mjoen and Justin Rener each had 22 points and Caleb Peters added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Pioneers.

St. John Bosco 109, Long Beach Jordan 85: Cade Bonham and Jack Turner led the Braves in scoring with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

Northridge Academy 53, Reseda 34: Sophomore Marquis Giles had 25 points.

Orange Lutheran 63, Damien 51: The Lancers handed Damien his first loss. Cannon Potter, David Mane, Zion Paleo and Andrew Nagy had 12 points.

Salesian 70, LA Roosevelt 44: Jude Harris and Afan Tarnka scored 20 points each for Salesian.

Anaheim Canyon 57, La Mirada 49: The Comanches improved to 3-0. Jaden Goodell scored 14 points and Brandon Benjamin scored 10 points.

Eastvale Roosevelt 52, Riverside Poly 41: Nate Simon led Roosevelt with 15 points.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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