Regan girls upset Davie

Published 2:54 am Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Nobody saw this coming.

The Davie varsity girls basketball team was coming off a thrilling week, taking down two teams that were in first place at the time of the meeting. On top of that, the War Eagles had won 10 of 12 overall and six of seven in the Central Piedmont Conference.

Enjoying the best 12-game stretch in eight years, the War Eagles were great against Reynolds and East Forsyth. But the Jan. 27 game at Reagan was decidedly not great. Davie was upset 50-39. Instead of forcing a three-way tie for second and pulling one game behind first-place East, the War Eagles stumbled to fourth.

In the beginning, the War Eagles showed no signs of a Reynolds/East hangover. Malayka Rankin hit her first four shots. A Kenadi Gentry steal set up a Peyton Spaugh layup. Gentry banged a 3-pointer while getting fouled. Spaugh followed with a triple as Davie charged to a 15-6 lead.

The Raiders rallied, but Lauren Colamarino hit a 3 at the first-half buzzer to give Davie a 25-24 lead at intermission. At this point, Davie was shooting a solid 41 percent, with four of the 10 field goals coming from beyond the arc.

The second half, though, did not go as planned. After Gentry’s 3 tied the score at 31, Davie couldn’t find the bottom of the net.

Reagan (9-9 overall) went on a 9-0 run as Davie went six minutes without a point. The third quarter ended with the Raiders ahead 38-31, a 22-point swing from the Dec. 16 meeting, when Davie led 43-28 after the third and cruised 53-42.

The War Eagles missed 13 straight shots as the deficit swelled to 45-33. Their drought without a field goal lasted nine minutes. They shot 13 percent in the second half (4-30).

Davie (12-8 overall) was led by Gentry, who had 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Rankin had eight points and six rebounds. Somer Johnson had seven points, five rebounds and four steals. Spaugh had seven points and eight rebounds. Colamarino had five points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

The top five in the CPC heading into this week: East 7-2, Reynolds/Parkland 7-3, Davie 6-4 and Reagan 5-5.