Johnson has career game but girls lost to Atkins

Published 9:20 am Thursday, December 23, 2021

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It has become increasingly evident the Davie varsity girls basketball team still has a big mountain to climb before it can consistently compete.
Playing three games in five days, the War Eagles lost 66-36 at home to East Forsyth on Dec. 14, lost 53-40 at home to Reagan on Dec. 17 and lost 58-39 at Atkins on Dec. 18.
Unbeaten East built a 28-7 halftime lead and rolled to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the Central Piedmont Conference.
Davie’s scoring: Somer Johnson 10, London Dirks 9, Kenadi Gentry 4, Keelyn Oakes 4, Peyton Spaugh 3, Malayka Rankin 2, Sydney Dirks 2, Kaylyn Nuckols 2.
Against Reagan, the War Eagles were not dead at halftime (28-17), but they couldn’t mount a charge in the third. While Davie sank to 0-3 in league play, Reagan raised its records to 9-2, 2-1.
Davie’s points: Gentry 11, Spaugh 8, S. Dirks 7, Oakes 6, Rankin 5, Johnson 3.
In a nonconference game at Atkins, Davie limped to 1-7 overall. The War Eagles, though, were hanging with the hosts in the first half, thanks to a career day by Johnson.
The deficit was just 30-25 with 1:07 remaining in the first half, and Johnson had 15 of those.
Unfortunately for Davie, Atkins (5-5) pushed the margin to 36-25 by halftime and extended its lead in the third.
Johnson finished with a career-high 21, marking the most by a War Eagle in 16 games. Her previous high was an 18-point effort as a freshman.
Davie’s other scorers were Gentry (nine), L. Dirks (six) and Spaugh (two). Davie was down a player at Atkins. S. Dirks was injured against Reagan and was in a walking boot at Atkins.