Gentry pumps in 25 for South girls

Published 9:04 am Thursday, January 20, 2022

Makenzie Gentry turned in the most awesome performance by a female Tiger in three years, and the South Davie girls basketball team swallowed NCLA whole, 41-10, on Jan. 13.
North Carolina Leadership Academy and visiting South were tied 4-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the game became a laugher in the second. South scored 23 unanswered points in that seven-minute stretch, and Gentry had 13 of them as South soared to a 27-4 halftime lead.
Gentry finished with 25 points, which is the most since Elizabeth Johnson’s 29 in a 54-52 overtime loss at Forbush in January of 2019. Her previous high was 21 from her sixth-grade year in a 47-46 loss at Forbush in November of 2019.
“She was locked in,” father/coach Brandon Gentry said. “Emmy (Johnson, the other half of South’s dynamic duo) had four fouls with five minutes to go in the second quarter, so Kenzie had to step up and take charge. She took the game in her hands and was making good passes. I know she had at least 10 steals and several assists. She was doing her thing.”
Johnson had six points. Londyn McDowell and America Stockton had four each. Joyah Abrams had two as South (6-3) bounced back from an 11-point loss to Summit.
“My other girls stepped up and played great defense,” Gentry said. “I’m really proud of their defense.”