DOBBS FERRY — When most hoops fans in the area hear the name Naya, they think of slang for former Ossining star Saniya Chong. They should be thinking about Masters senior Naya Williams.
The two actually have quite a bit in common.
Williams’ father, Bryan, is Chong’s godfather and, much like what the former Ossining star Chong did before graduating last year, Williams has produced gaudy stats.
Williams was honored by Masters on Wednesday after breaking the school’s all-time scoring record — for boys or girls. Williams shattered the previous record of 1,467 points by 2000 grad Jay Washington three games ago but was honored in her first home game after breaking the record.
“I never thought I could break the record at a school,” she said after a 47-26 rout of Connecticut’s Canterbury School. “It’s an indescribable feeling.”
Williams is one of five Panthers in the 1,000-point club, and the fourth to score at least 1,400 points. The guard had 26 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and six steals on Wednesday, bringing her career total to 1,532 points.
Williams, who scored or assisted on all but two points in Wednesday’s win, has orally committed to Georgian Court University and plans to sign her National Letter of Intent in April.
“I’ll come back and watch the future (players) and hopefully they’ll accomplish something great like that, too,” she said.
(Editor’s note: We were misinformed of Naya Williams’ point totals, hence why today’s schedule post said she was expected to break the scoring record and the article says her total is far beyond the previous record. We were told the record would be broken on Wednesday; when I arrived at Masters, I was informed the record was broken two games ago and that they planned on honoring Williams after her first point of the game.)
Best of the rest: Kayla Pugliese hit for 15 points to lead host Rye Neck to a come-from-behind 34-32 win over Keio. … Madison McGrath scored 30 points, including five 3-pointers, for Albertus Magnus in a 76-48 win over Pearl River. … Isabella DePasquale had 16 points and Nicolina Chenard added 15 as Ardsley beat visiting Dobbs Ferry 66-38. … Ashley Holden scored 13 points for Pelham in a 45-43 comeback win over Eastchester.
Wednesday, January 22
Rye Neck 34, Keio 32
Ardsley 66, Dobbs Ferry 38
Pelham 45, Eastchester 43
Sleepy Hollow 66, Edgemont 48
John Jay 38, Carmel 36
Tappan Zee 63, Somers 47
Albertus Magnus 76, Pearl River 48
New Rochelle 64, Mamaroneck 53
Irvington 74, Woodlands 73
Lakeland 47, Yorktown 39
Masters 47, Canterbury (Conn.) 26
Mahopac 64, Brewster 46
Hen Hud 50, Panas 33