Varsity girls fade in conference race

Published 1:14 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

There was bliss after back-to-back wins over West Forsyth and East Forsyth. The Davie girls basketball team’s home game against Reagan on Jan. 30 was less magical.

The War Eagles’ good vibes disappeared on a night when everyone went cold. They hit 18 percent of their field goals and lost 49-34.

In the first half, Davie came up empty on 19 of 22 shots. The bulk of its offense came from Madison Daugherty’s two 3-pointers and Emmie Burris’ 5-for-5 foul shooting.

The Raiders (9-9 overall) were cold themselves, shooting 34 percent for a 24-16 halftime lead.

After falling behind 27-16 in the third, Davie (11-8 overall) rallied. Burris connected on a 3, Vivian Vaughters sank two free throws and Bailey Aderhold buried a triple. The War Eagles were within 27-24.

But it just wasn’t their night. Reagan closed the third with an 11-2 surge and Davie was faced with another uphill climb.

On an inbounds play, Malayka Rankin received a pass from Aderhold and scored. When Burris knocked down a mid-range jumper, it was 40-32. But that was Davie’s last gasp. It would not hit another field goal; it would score two points the rest of the game.

It was crucial, but there was still plenty of motivation to get back on track three days later against Mt. Tabor. After Jan. 30, Davie and Reagan were tied for third in the CPC at 5-4, with West Forsyth a half-game back at 4-4. The top two were Tabor (8-1) and Reynolds (7-2).

Burris (10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 assists) had a nice game in defeat. Rankin had 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 charges on defense. Daugherty had 6 points, Aderhold 5, Vaughters 4 and Londyn McDowell 1.

Tabor 70, Davie 39

The War Eagles’ week got rougher against visiting Mt. Tabor on Feb. 2. The 31-point pummeling marked their worst CPC defeat since a 68-29 decision at Reagan in February 2022.

The Davie offense came from Rankin (11), Burris (10), Peyton Spaugh (6), McDowell (5), Aderhold (3), Daugherty (2) and Vaughters (2).

Davie faded into a tie for fourth in the CPC, with Tabor at 9-1, Reynolds 8-2, West Forsyth 6-4 and Davie/Reagan 5-5.

The Spartans, who beat Davie by 23 in early January, improved to 15-5. Davie’s overall record is 11-9.