Pittsburgh Feature Athlete

Williamson Ready For Final Run

By Jim Dabbelt

The Dabbelt Report

Photo courtesy of the Observer-Reporter

As the best girls’ basketball in the greater Pittsburgh area, Alexa Williamson knows a thing or two about success. She has worked her way to becoming the most recruitible player in the area, and now has higher aspirations ahead of her.

 

Williamson, a 6-foot-1 senior at Chartiers Houston High School will be heading to Temple University to continue her career, and the standout has already started to focus on what her future could hold as she wraps up a storied career. The first thing she focuses on is her team, and helping them play deep into the post season.

“We hope to have a chance to play for another section and WPIAL championship this season,” Williamson told The Dabbelt Report. “We want to make a deeper run into the PIAA playoffs.”

As an individual, she hopes to accomplish something that not many can achieve, as she makes a run for the 2,000 career point mark. It is all part of a successful career that will lead her to Temple next season, a process that Williamson admits wasn’t an easy one.

“The journey to Temple was a long and intense one,” she said. “I was blessed to have multiple offers from schools where I could have envisioned myself playing. Ultimately, I along with my family and coaches chose Temple.”

“I chose that school based on three things,” she added. “I felt that the coaching staff and players were a match for me and my style of play, and I also felt that I would be pushed and challenged to become the best player possible.”

Williamson also said she loved the campus and atmosphere at Temple and looks forward to the vision and future of the program.

After the father of one of her friends talked her into playing basketball in sixth grade, her success continues to grow.

“I tried my best to accept the input from all of the coaches I have had and build on those skills,” she said. “I trusted that they would help me improve.”

In the off-season, Williamson does a strength and conditioning training three days a week at Chartiers Houston, where they use a mix of on and off the court training.

Another successful time she had on the court has been during the summer, as she has been a key member of the Western PA Bruins organization.

“I had to play against bigger and stronger girls so it was never easy for me, but I learned from it and it made me a better player,” she said. “Since I missed a while year of AAU, I forgot what it was like going from high school to AAU, it took me a minute to get used to playing at that level.”

Now, Williamson looks to playing at even a higher level, the highest she has ever played. If her work ethic and past success is any indication, she will be another Pittsburgh area player successful at the next level.