“I didn’t just wake up and play like that,” Williams said.
Owens attributes her level of play to hard work, maturity and her comprehension of the game.
“It is very unusual to have a sophomore to lead the basketball team; however, Tykeasia has played a ton of basketball and truly understands the game,” he said. “She has a maturity that is unmatched by anyone in my years of coaching.”
Her understanding was put to the test this season, as Owens had the sophomore playing at the point the majority of the time.
Williams displayed her ability to control the game and put the Bravettes in scoring position on numerous occasions.
“Tykeasia knows all of our offensive sets, so I count on her to get us in the right play at the right time,” Owens said. “There were times this season when she called the offenses and defenses, which allowed me as a coach to sit back and observe. She is a very heady player, who knows and understands the game of basketball.”
With two more seasons left at BHS, Williams believes there is still more to learn about the game and her abilities can improve.
“I just have to work harder,” the sophomore said. “I have to work during the season and in the off-season.
“I need to fix everything, because I’m not perfect,” she added. “Until I am, I have to work on everything.”
Owens admits that with the work ethic of the young standout, she has the opportunity to become one of the best players to come through the program at BHS.
“Tykeasia Williams deserves every award given to her, because she has worked so hard to become the best basketball player she can be,” Owens said. “As her coach, the best is yet to come for her.
“Tykeasia is following in a long line of great players in the Baldwin Bravette tradition,” he added. “I can foresee by the time it is all said and done, that she’ll be one of the best players to come through Baldwin High basketball.”