Senior guard/forward Amber Williamson has long been known as a sharp shooting threat for the Myrtle Lady Hawks, but her sharp shooting skills are not limited to just the basketball court.
Earlier in the season Williamson dropped a career-high 32 points on Hickory Flat, but it was her six-point she dropped shortly after the Lady Hawks’ 84-67 victory over the Lady Rebels that had her excited about the start of a new season — deer season that is.
On the opening day of deer season Williamson killed her second deer in her hunting career and followed up the successful outing to the 2008 deer season by dropping a six-point.
“My brother Brian has always been the one to take me hunting and was with me when I killed my first deer when I was fourteen… I’m like the brother he never had,” Williamson said with a laugh.
While she credits her brother for getting her interested in hunting, her love for the game of basketball feels more like an inherited trait for Williamson.
“As far as basketball, I guess it was just born into me. It always just been like I was going to be athletic and play like the rest of my family.”
Williamson once again showcased her sharp shooting skills on the hardwood in the Lady Hawks’ 69-48 win over perennial 4A power Oxford. She saw a constant defender in her face throughout the first half, but got free to get things going in the second half to knock down a season-high five three-pointers against a defensively sound Lady Charger team.
The five-foot eight-inch senior is averaging 16 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.2 assist, and 3.3 steals per game and has hit 35 three-pointers as the Lady Hawks first half of the season with a 63-46 win over county-rival West Union.
Williamson and the 15-3 Lady Hawks will start the 2009 half of the season when they take the floor Friday at noon against the 5A Lady Conquistadores of Olive Branch in the “O-Town Showdown” hosted by Oxford High School.
Myrtle will look to avenge one of their three losses on the season when they are joined by the Hawks to take on county-rival New Albany next Friday at NAHS.
They will not return home until January 23rd after the Union County Tournament and three-straight road games when they host West Union for a crucial region match-up.