Brookswood alum named top rookie in Canada West
A Brookswood Secondary alum has made an instant impact in the Canada West women's basketball ranks as Sydney Williams has earned the conference's rookie of the year award.
The first-year guard for the Thompson Rivers WolfPack picked up the award after starting 21 of her team's 22 games this past season. She was also named to the Canada West all-rookie team.
She is the first member of the program to win the award since the school entered Canada West nine years ago.
"I'm ecstatic about winning the award," Williams said.
"I couldn't have done it without my teammates and all of the trust the coaching staff put in me during the season. It was a huge contributing factor."
Williams averaged seven points and 5.6 rebounds in just over 28 minutes of action per game.
"I went into the season thinking if I worked hard in the gym, it would help me with execution," she said.
"I was thrilled the coaching staff has so much confidence in me."
"Syd is a tremendous athlete and has been a great addition to our women's basketball program," said WolfPack coach Scott Reeves.
"(She) trains very hard and her work ethic is contagious to the rest of our team."
Thompson Rivers went 13-9 on the season before losing in the Canada West quarter-finals.
Williams graduated from Brookswood Secondary in 2013 after helping the Bobcats to a silver medal at the senior girls Triple-A provincial championships. Williams was named a first team all-star at the tournament.
Joining Williams on the all-rookie team was Trinity Western Spartans' Kayla Gordon.
Gordon was fourth on the Spartans with 6.9 points per game and third in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game. She played in all 22 games and averaged just under 24 minutes.