Summers a bright spot in JV girls loss

Published 12:23 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

By Brian Pitts

Davie Enterprise Record

The Davie JV girls basketball team’s 2-6 record is understandable – the varsity has a ton of freshmen, leaving JV coach Lamar Russell with considerable inexperience – but there have been some wins within games that haven’t gone Davie’s way, something that’s not reflected on the scoreboard.

Take a 41-22 loss at Mt. Tabor. Freshman Zahmirah Summers, who had never played basketball before the 2023-24 season, paced the War Eagles with her season-high nine points.

Russell marveled at the dramatic improvement from day one to Jan. 5 in Winston-Salem. Summers had six points in the first six games; she’s had 15 in the past two.

“She has been watching basketball videos and working on her skill development in the post, and us coaches and her teammates recognized she was working hard in the post and started feeding her the ball,” Russell said. “By the end of this season and all of next season, she will be hard to handle in the post.”

The War Eagles watched Tabor score the first 15 points of the game, and their losing streak grew to three. Britany Hernandez and Maddie Ratledge had seven and six points, respectively.

But there was the fun part of watching Summers enjoy her best offensive day yet.

“I spoke very highly of her as I have been since the season started,” Russell said. “I told the girls in the locker room after the game that’s what hard work looks like, and if all of us had the same drive as her to better ourselves, we would be undefeated in conference.”