The summer is over for Mikaylah Williams, who’s already back at Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana.
She arrived at the Under Armour Next Elite 24 girls basketball game on Friday, the day of the event, but the lack of preparation didn’t faze her.
The LSU commit drained a walk-off 3-pointer to lead Team Breakthru to a 92-77 victory over Team Ascent in UA’s inaugural girls game, which aired live on ESPNU from Northerly Island on Chicago’s lakefront.
Team Breakthru is going home the UANext #Elite24 champ! @mkwill12_ called game 😤Final Score: 93-77 #UANext pic.twitter.com/97cOkyak5t— Girls UAA (@UANextGHoops) August 12, 2022
Team Breakthru is going home the UANext #Elite24 champ! @mkwill12_ called game 😤Final Score: 93-77 #UANext pic.twitter.com/97cOkyak5t
Williams, the top recruit in the class of 2023, led Team Breakthru with 13 points. Milaysia Fulwiley and Hannah Hidalgo each chipped in 11 points for Breakthru.
The game featured two 20-minute halves with an Elam Ending initiated at the final media timeout, adding seven points to the leading team’s total to set the target score.
Breakthru began to pull away midway through the first half before taking a 49-43 lead into halftime. Breakthru took its largest lead of the game, 85-63, just before the Elam Ending, but Ascent made things interesting with a 12-4 swing during the untimed finish.
Top 2024 recruit Joyce Edwards had a game-high 18 points to pace Ascent, while Zakiyah Johnson added 10 points.
In the finals of the 3-point contest, Breakthru’s Taliah Scott edged Ascent’s Jaloni Cambridge 19-14 to win the event.
Trent Singer is the High School Editor at Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @trentsinger.