JV girls take down West

Published 1:31 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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Who would have thought the Davie JV girls basketball team could overcome West Forsyth with No. 1 scorer Britany Hernandez nursing an injury for most of the game in Clemmons on Feb. 6?

The War Eagles did just that, winning 31-23 as they bounced back from a loss to Mt. Tabor.

Davie held a 9-3 lead at the end of the first, but it seemed like the War Eagles might find trouble with Hernandez on the sideline dealing with a knee injury. No problem. Maddie Ratledge, Zahmirah Summers, Zariyah Conner, Kate Nicholson and Jaylene Rivera held down the fort until Hernandez returned to the court and Davie evened its CPC record at 4-4.

Davie (6-8 overall) actually never wavered, leading 17-10 at halftime and 23-16 after the third.

“We jumped up 7-0 really quick and then Britany was out from two minutes into the first quarter until the fourth quarter,” coach Lamar Russell said. “In the fourth quarter, she stepped up big and looked like normal Britany.”

Ratledge (team-high 10) banged two 3-pointers and finished with her most points in four games. Hernandez toughed it out and scored nine, which marked her fewest in six games. Summers went 4 for 4 from the foul line in the fourth and finished with six. Conner and Nicholson had three each. Rivera delivered her customary hard-nosed defense.

“Maddie did well controlling the ball,” Russell said. “Kate hit a 3, which is starting to become normal for her. Zahmirah did her thing in the post. Jaylene’s defense kept their point guard under wraps. Zariyah hit a 3, so everybody stepped up.”