’95 War Eagle girls work their way into the Hall of Fame

Published 9:09 am Thursday, November 5, 2020

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The 1994-95 girls basketball team will be inducted in the Davie High Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2021 at halftime of a Davie basketball game in late January or early February. The individuals who will be inducted are Jonette Williard, Duane Phillips, John McDaniel and Billy Riddle. Here’s a game-by-game look at Davie’s unforgettable run in 1994-95.

Won 85-51 vs. West Rowan. … Stat leaders: Maria Newsome 18 points, 11 rebounds; Keisha Wagner 16 points, 9 rebounds; Beth Wall 12 points; and Jonette Williard 12 points. … Davie coach Laddin Lakey: “Eighty-five points – that’s a lot for a first game.”

Won 63-30 at North Iredell. … North shot 5 of 36 in the second half as Davie scored the final 17 points. … Scoring leaders: Tami Ramsey 19, Wall 18 and Wagner 11.

Won 51-50 vs. Statesville. … Davie led 48-40 with two minutes left. Statesville rallied furiously before missing a free throw to tie and a jumper to win in the final seconds. … Stat leaders: Newsome 21 points, 11 rebounds; Williard 14 points, 7 rebounds; and Wagner 12 points, 8 rebounds.

Won 52-48 vs. Salisbury. Newsome had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Won 58-49 at Salisbury. Elizabeth Greene and Wall paced Davie with 10 points each.

Won 53-43 at Statesville. Davie’s top scorers were Ramsey 16 and Williard 11.

Won 68-62 vs. North Iredell. … Davie trailed 43-39 before ripping off a 13-4 run. … Stat leaders: Ramsey 21 points; and Greene 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Lost 64-59 South Rowan in the Sam Moir Christmas Classic semifinals at Catawba. … South’s Jill Cress and Summer Nelms combined for 42 points as the Raiders, who came in with a 3-6 record, stunned the War Eagles, who were 7-0. Lakey: “South just played a real good game. Nelms had the best game of her career.” … Davie’s top scorers: Newsome 20 and Wagner 13.

Won 51-45 East Rowan in the Moir’s third-place game at Catawba. … The Mustangs shot 26 percent from the floor. … Davie’s top scorers: Ramsey 15 and Williard 12.

Won 52-47 at West Rowan. … The Falcons pulled within one with 1:40 to go. Williard came up with a steal and basket at :44 to secure the win. … Stat leaders: Newsome 24 points on 12-of-16 shooting and 12 rebounds; Williard 11 points.

Won 47-30 at West Forsyth. Davie’s scoring leaders in its Central Piedmont Conference opener were Ramsey 14, Wall 13 and Newsome 10.

Won 48-32 at North Davidson. … Davie jumped to a 20-4 lead in the first quarter and coasted from there. … Wagner led the War Eagles with 10 points.

Won 71-45 vs. South Rowan. … Stat leaders: Newsome 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting, 14 rebounds; Williard 16 points; and Ramsey 15 points. … Lakey: “We’ve worked real hard since we lost that game (to South) in the Christmas tournament, and it paid off.”

Won 63-44 vs. South Stokes. The scoring leaders were Ramsey (16), Greene (15) and Newsome (14).

Won 50-32 vs. Reynolds. … Davie raced to a 21-4 lead. … Demons coach Jeff Faullin: “They have four legitimate players. Greene is an excellent player. She’s a scrapper. Wall is a great point guard. Newsome is strong in the post. Ramsey does everything.” … Stat leaders: Ramsey 13 points; Greene 9 rebounds; Williard 4 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Won 56-39 at Mt. Tabor. … Davie carved out a 35-15 halftime lead. … Scoring leaders: Newsome 14 and Ramsey 13.

Won 67-51 vs. West Forsyth. .Stat leaders: Greene 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists; Williard 14 points; Ramsey 12 points; and Newsome 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Won 60-36 at South Stokes.

Won 67-46 at South Rowan. … The Raiders’ leading scorer, sophomore Cress (16.6 ppg) missed 19 of 22 field goals. … Davie’s scoring leaders: Newsome 20, Ramsey 16, Wall 11 and Williard 10.

Won 58-55 vs. North Davidson.

Won 52-37 at Reynolds.

Won 81-37 vs. Mt. Tabor. … The War Eagles blasted their way to a 50-14 lead on the way to completing a perfect season in the CPC (12-0). … Stat leaders: Newsome 26 points and 17 rebounds; and Ramsey 18 points.

Won over Mt. Tabor in the first round of the CPC Tournament at Davie.

Won 66-64 over West Forsyth in the CPC Tournament championship game at Tabor. … After holding a seemingly comfortable 59-50 lead with three minutes left, the War Eagles watched West storm to a 61-60 lead at 1:52. … Greene drove for a layup that tied it at 64-64 at :25. Then Wall drilled two free throws at :04 to give Davie its 16th straight win. Wall: “It was the most nervous I’d ever been.” … Stat leaders: Newsome 24 points; Greene 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Williard 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists; and Wall 7 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Won 60-56 vs. Hoke County in the first round of the 4-A playoffs. … Davie was behind 56-53 before Wall saved the day. The senior point guard scored the game’s final seven points to finish with a team-high 20. Lakey: “She pulled us through.”

Won 59-41 vs. Purnell Swett in the Sectional 2 championship game. … The War Eagles faced a 21-20 halftime deficit as they missed 20 of 30 shots and all seven free-throw attempts in the first half. … With Swett’s 6-3 center, Myshka Wilkerson, on the bench with four fouls, Davie surged to a 34-27 lead in the third quarter. …Wilkerson, who came in averaging 17, only managed two in the first three quarters. … After missing their first eight foul shots, the War Eagles sank 14 of 17 down the stretch. … Stat leaders: Newsome 21 points and 21 rebounds; Wall 12 points and 5 assists; Wagner 10 points; and Ramsey 9 rebounds. … The 18th straight win lifted Davie to 25-1.

Lost 44-39 to North Forsyth 4-A regional at Lenoir-Rhyne College. Davie committed 23 turnovers and faced an uphill climb Lakey: “We had a fantastic year, and that’s something that can’t be taken away. When we get to be 70 years old, we can say we were 25-2.” Davie only had one double-figure scorer – Wall with 10. … The War Eagles finished 25-2. … In the West final, Freedom crushed N. Forsyth 63-36.

Notes: Newsome, the 6-3 center, earned CPC Player of the Year for the second year in a row after averaging 15.5 points and 16 rebounds. … Lakey took home coach of the year. … Wall and junior Ramsey were also selected to the all-conference team. Ramsey made it for the second time as she averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds. Wall averaged 7.5 points and 5 assists. … The only Davie girls team to win more games came in 1978-79, when coach Bill Peeler’s War Eagles, anchored by Deanna Thomas and Jill Amos, soared to 3-A runner-up and finished 26-4. The 1981-82 team went 25-2, so the 1994-95 team is tied for second in single-season wins.