Corriah Williams signs to play basketball at Huntingdon College

Published 9:11 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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Corriah Williams was on the hunt for a college to play basketball in the fall and found it in 

Huntingdon College. The LaGrange High senior made her presence felt on the court during her time in the Granger blue and white. She was never the tallest or biggest player on the court, which just meant she had to work harder for an opportunity like this one.

“When you’re never the biggest person on the court, you have to work extra hard,” Williams said. “When you get in the game, it is going to be tough going up against girls that are a lot taller than you. That’s why you have to make sure you alway grind in practice, and show them what you are made of.”

A shifty guard, Williams has worked to improve her game over the last several years and is just getting started as she prepares for the next level.

“I’ve really worked on my defense because when I first started my freshman year I was slacking,” Williams said, flashing a smile. 

While it was a mostly happy occasion on Wednesday, there were a few tears shed. Former LaGrange girls basketball coach Stephen Tuck was on hand, and he got choked up realizing that Williams would likely be his last girls player to play at the next level as he steps down as the head girls coach to transition to a new role with the basketball programs at LaGrange. Tuck has had a monumental impact on Williams during her 4.5 years playing under him.

“He has been like a second father to me,” Williams said. “He has helped me accomplish the things that I’ve wanted to accomplish. He’s helped me be a better woman in life.”

Williams has a whole net of support to get her to where she is going, and Tuck was a major piece of the puzzle. 

Now, Williams is preparing for life at Huntingdon College, which was an easy collegiate decision for her to make. 

“When I went on campus, it just felt like home,” Williams said. “They watched my film on my page, and they have been in touch with me the whole way.”

Williams, a multi-sport athlete who played flag football and softball among other athletic ventures, always had her sights on college basketball. With her dreams now becoming a reality, it is a bittersweet moment for a senior that has made countless memories through athletics and beyond during her time at LaGrange High.

“It’s tough to move on, but I’m excited about the opportunity,” Williams said. “I still want to be a great teammate and just help the team win any way I can.”