Surf’s Up Prairie: Falcons in San Diego, Part 2

Senior Mallory Williams finishes strong on karaoke night

Note: The Prairie girls basketball team flew to California in search of new competition this week, playing in the Surf N Slam San Diego Hoop Classic. We have asked the three seniors on the team to give us a little glimpse into the trip with this three-part series. Today, we hear from Mallory Williams.

 

The Prairie Falcons went old, old school first then grooved into the 21st century during karaoke night Thursday in southern California.

Mallory Williams, shown here in a game last week, was one of several Falcons who took the stage to sing during karaoke night at the Surf N Slam San Diego Hoop Classic. The Falcons are having a blast in between games at this tournament. Photo by Mike Schultz
Mallory Williams, shown here in a game last week, was one of several Falcons who took the stage to sing during karaoke night at the Surf N Slam San Diego Hoop Classic. The Falcons are having a blast in between games at this tournament. Photo by Mike Schultz

Mallory Williams, Allison Corral, Dayna Vera, and Kendyl Carson went on stage to sing My Girl by The Temptations, a song that was released 53 years ago.

A little bit later, the Falcons went with the 2010 song What’s My Name by Rihanna, featuring Drake.

According to Williams, Carson took home honors as top Falcon singer.

“She got into it,” she said.

Vera, on the other hand …

Mallory Williams is one of three seniors on Prairie’s teams this season. The three seniors are sharing their experiences from the team’s time in San Diego this week. Photo by Mike Schultz
Mallory Williams is one of three seniors on Prairie’s teams this season. The three seniors are sharing their experiences from the team’s time in San Diego this week. Photo by Mike Schultz

“You could hear it when she put the microphone up to her mouth. It was so off tune, but it was so funny. We were all laughing at her. She thought it was so funny, too.”

Add another moment to the memory bank for the Prairie Falcons.

As far as their game Friday, they would like to forget the score, but they do not want to forget the experience.

Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, Calif., which finished No. 1 in the country by the Max Preps rankings last season, topped the Falcons 65-51.

“I thought it was really good for us,” WIlliams said.

Prairie’s league games are not “super challenging” so it is imperative, she said, that the Falcons benefit from these tournament games, win or lose.

“I thought we handled it pretty well,” Williams said. “We’re going to take the things we didn’t learn as well, and we’re going to learn.”

Cassidy Gardner scored 21 points to lead the Falcons. Meri Dunford added eight points. Prairie got behind by a bunch early, then made a little bit of a run in the second half, pulling within eight points.

“It was good for us to play a team like them,” Prairie coach Hala Corral said. “They have the No. 1 player in the nation. They press the entire game. They run the entire game. Losses stink but this was a good test for us. We know what we need to work on.”

Back to the games besides the games, Williams, at least, knows she does not need to work on her foosball skills. She went 3-0 against teammate Claire Heitschmidt. The Falcons also are taking advantage of the pool, a ping pong table, and the like.

“It’s just been a lot of fun hanging out with my team,” Williams said. “It’s bittersweet. I’m sad that it’s my last (out-of-state) trip of my career in high school.”

At least she got to sing one more time.

“We did karaoke my freshman year. We haven’t done it since,” WIlliams said. “I thought it was funny I started high school doing one, and now I’m ending high school doing one.”

Singing. Laughing. Basketball.

A package deal with the Prairie Falcons.

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