Jasmine Williams' game is all about patience.
The Seattle Prep senior wants to see what an opposing defense throws at her, then adjust accordingly. She likes to think of herself as a second-half scorer.
On Wednesday night, Williams proved to be just that, scoring eight points in the first three minutes of the second half to lead the sixth-ranked Panthers to a 64-46 Metro League Mountain Division girls basketball win over No. 5 Lakeside.
"The first half, I like to feel out the defense that teams throw out at me," said the 5-foot-9 guard, whose only first-quarter shot was a putback of a teammate's miss. "And in the second half, they're going to be tired, so I take it to them as hard as I can and try to get some points out of it."
Williams finished with a game-high 17 points, 11 after halftime. Her third-quarter scoring outburst turned a seven-point edge into an 11-point lead, and the Panthers (7-2 overall, 5-1 league) were in control the rest of the way.
On the defensive end, Seattle Prep made the Lions (7-3, 3-3) take tough shots. Lakeside made only 17 of 53 field-goal attempts. The Lions hit only 2 of 9 in the second quarter to trail by nine at halftime.
"This was our best defensive game so far this season," said Seattle Prep coach Michelle Hall. "It was just a great team win."
Chelsey Nill added 13 points for Seattle Prep and Allie Urban chipped in nine.
Alex Moore-Porter led Lakeside with 13 points, a season low for the senior forward. No other Lakeside players scored in double figures as the Lions dropped their second in a row after winning seven consecutive games.
"We really got off to slow start, and that's testimony to their defense," said Lakeside coach Sandy Schneider. "They totally outplayed us. They gave us a lot of things to work on, which is OK when it's early in the season like this."
Other girls game
Mercer Island 63, at Bellevue 60
Sophomore guard Janelle Chow led a second-half comeback with 15 of her 21 points as the Islanders (5-5, 2-4) beat the Wolverines (5-4, 2-3) in KingCo 3A. Mercer Island trailed 35-24 at halftime and 46-42 after three quarters. Amanda Nield scored 15 and Georgia Gier had 14 rebounds for the Islanders.
At Archbishop Murphy 61,
J.D. Melton's three-point play in the final 15 seconds provided the go-ahead points for the Wildcats, who trailed by eight with 2:00 remaining in the Cascade Conference game.
Tony Ackerman made one of two free throws to cut Coupeville's lead to 57-56 with 16 seconds left. Melton rebounded Ackerman's missed free throw, scored and added a free throw for a 59-57 Murphy lead. Jared Smith made two insurance free throws.
Melton, a 6-3 sophomore forward, got 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds. Smith had 16 points and five assists for Archbishop Murphy (3-7, 1-2). Brian Miller and Kramer O'Keefe each scored 16 for Coupeville (4-7, 0-5).