Girls win Christmas Classic with ease

Published 2:34 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The Davie girls basketball team had all kinds of fun in the Davidson/Randolph Christmas Classic at Ledford.

After bullying Thomasville and West Davidson in the first two rounds, the championship game against East Davidson on Dec. 29 was like a walk in the park, 63-38.

While the Golden Eagles fell to 7-7, Davie improved to 7-4 after finishing second in this tournament a year ago.

It was a 12-11 game in Davie’s favor early in the second quarter. That’s when East began to fold like an old tent. Vivian Vaughters had a three-point play. Bailey Aderhold hit a 3-pointer. Malayka Rankin got a steal, went on the break and dished to Avarie Martin for a layup. Aderhold nailed another trey. When Madison Daugherty found Vaughters underneath for two, the run was 22-7 and the halftime spread was 34-18.

East was done and the margin just continued to grow in the second half.

After scoring 14 and 21 points in the first two rounds, Aderhold stepped up again with 16. She hit 4 of 10 3-point shots and finished the three-day event with 51 points and 15 triples to earn tournament most valuable player.

Martin (14 points, three steals) and Rankin (11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals) were named to the all-tournament team. It was Rankin’s second double-double of the season.

Peyton Spaugh had 9 points and 3 assists in an efficient outing that saw her hit 3 of 5 field goals and 3 of 4 free throws. Vaughters had 5 points and 4 rebounds, and Emmie Burris collected 5 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Daugherty had 3 points.

Davie did not shoot great (33 percent, 21 of 62), but it didn’t matter because it got 16 more shots than East and held the Golden Eagles to 26 percent (12 of 46).