McMillan gives boost as JV girls bounce back

Published 1:38 pm Thursday, January 26, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The Davie JV girls basketball team stumbled in the fourth quarter and lost at Reynolds, but it bounced back and beat East Forsyth.

And what a win it was. After losing the first meeting by six, the War Eagles flipped the script in a big way, winning 40-19 at home on Jan. 20.

“We had a game plan,” coach Lamar Russell said. “We knew who scored the bulk of the points last time, and we made sure we got a hand in No. 21’s face.”

That player poured in 19 of East’s 31 points on Dec. 13, but she was held to two on Friday.

Britany Hernandez got Davie rolling to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, and Davie got a huge boost from Hannah McMillian, who was playing just her second game after missing the first 11 with an injury. McMillian came through with 12 team-high points and five rebounds. Hernandez was next with 11 points.

When Davie lost the first meeting, Carleigh Croom had a team-high nine points. The War Eagles didn’t have an injured Croom last week, so McMillian was just what they needed.

“We needed somebody to step in for Croom,” Russell said.

Kaylee Lynch was a key factor. Besides scoring eight, she was her usual self on the glass with 17 rebounds, after pulling down 13 at Reynolds.

Tasia Tarpley had five points and five rebounds. America Stockton had two points and nine boards. Madison Lewis had two points and Zariyah Conner contributed five rebounds as Davie (6-7, 4-3 Central Piedmont Conference) steamrolled to a 31-14 lead in the third quarter.

“If we’d won the Reynolds game, we’d be in first place right now,” Russell said. “Now we’ve got to hope that East and West (Forsyth) take care of Reynolds.”

Reynolds 25, Davie 19

Three days earlier in Winston-Salem, Davie and Reynolds were tied at 13-13 going into the fourth quarter. The Demons, though, controlled the final frame and ended Davie’s winning streak at three.

It was a revenge win for Reynolds, which lost 31-25 at Davie on Dec. 9.

Hernandez paced Davie with six points, followed by Lynch with five, Stockton three, McMillian two, Aubrey Speckin two and Tarpley one. Stockton controlled seven rebounds.