JV girls basketball stuns Titans

Published 2:04 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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After failing to have a JV team the past two seasons and starting the 2021 season with two losses, the Davie High JV girls basketball program has won back-to-back games.

Coach Marnic Lewis’ JV was overwhelmed by West Forsyth in its Jan. 16 season opener, losing 42-21. The rematch at home on Feb. 2 was different. Davie buried the Titans 43-25. That’s a 39-point swing from the first meeting.

West came in with an unblemished record.

“I knew they were undefeated, but I didn’t tell the girls,” Lewis said after Davie improved to 2-2. “We outrebounded them by 25.”

The War Eagles took turns offensively. Sydney Phelps’ six points pushed them to a 10-8 lead in the first quarter. Hannah McMillian had six second-quarter points as Davie took a 20-16 lead to halftime. Peyton Spaugh had seven during an 11-4 run in the third. And Gracie Wilson had six of Davie’s 12 points in the fourth, when the margin kept growing.

Phelps finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Spaugh had 11 points, giving her 24 in the two wins. Wilson had eight points and a whopping 15 rebounds. McMillian had six points. Sydney Dirks had four points and seven rebounds. And Gracie Spicer chipped in two points.

It was season-high scoring efforts for Wilson, Phelps and McMillian.

Varsity coach Lindsey Adams raved about Spaugh.

“Peyton is giving us defensive pressure, getting steals and making layups,” she said. “She is so fast. It’s hard to describe how fast and how intense her defense is. Because we don’t have big numbers – we have seven players, but we’re down to six with an injury – Marnic is not able to come out of the 2-3 (zone). Even though they’re in a 2-3, Peyton gets so many steals. That impresses me because that’s what I need on varsity. That’s what I look for.”

Davie’s rebounding dominance was 45-20. Wilson had her fingerprints all over that margin.

“That shows how much we’re working on defense and rebounding,” Adams said. “This is Wilson’s first year playing basketball ever. She keeps her composure, makes some layups and gets rebounds. That’s impressive for somebody in their first year. She’s come a long way in a short season.”