Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

White Jumped at Chance to Help Ribault

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

White Jumped at Chance to Help Ribault

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Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer

If you thought Ribault's girls basketball team was going to be in trouble Saturday night without injured McDonald's All-American Dorian Williams, you haven't seen much of Erica White.

At just 5-foot-5, the Trojans guard can create her own shot against taller defenders with ball-handling skills that draw as much cheering as when she scores. Her defense is sticky as chewing gum. To this pair of eyes, White is a step quicker and has a more impressive crossover dribble than even her heralded teammate.

And when she finally played under the spotlight normally reserved for Williams in the 68-57 regional championship win over Tallahassee Godby, White was all over the floor. She opened the game with a steal and a layup for a 2-0 Trojans lead. When Godby rallied to tie the game at 42 at the end of the third quarter, White took a steal the length of the floor for a three-point play and a 45-42 lead.

The Trojans never trailed again.

"I don't feel underappreciated on this team," said White, who had 19 points, six assists, three steals, and even drew a charge. "Dorian is a senior and this is her senior year -- I would rather just play without all the attention she gets."

Too late.

Colleges all over the South have begun recruiting White, though she's only a junior. She has received attention from LSU, Georgia and Miami, among others, and said Saturday's game was the best all-around performance of her career. Williams is likely to return to the Ribault lineup to finish the postseason run, but notice was served Saturday that the Trojans' guard play will be in safe hands after Williams graduates.

"I wasn't the only player that stepped up tonight," White said. "My job was to slow the game down when we needed it, and just try to keep everyone playing together. …

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