By Shane Bennett
The opening minutes of the 2021 season set the course for victory or defeat for the Davis basketball teams against Bridge Creek on Dec. 3. The Lady Wolves blitzed the Lady Bobcats in the first quarter and went on to win, 53-34. On the other hand, the Davis boys struggled in the first and went on to lose, 65-34.
Davis 53, Bridge Creek 34
To say the Lady Wolves’ full court press was too much for Bridge Creek to handle would be the understatement of the season . . . . even if that’s just one game.
Davis won the opening tip and a few seconds later Logan Pruitt passed to Chloe Summers on a beautiful cut to the basket and the route was on. The first 12 points of the game were scored by Davis with the visitors working hard on every possession just to cross the half-court line.
The only points Bridge Creek mustered in the opening frame came on a quick, deep three pointer heaved in desperation by the Lady Cats. By the end of the quarter, Davis led 12-3.
That shot proved to be the offensive formula for Bridge Creek. The visitors used the quick trigger three pointer often in the second quarter, connecting on three deep shots to stay in the game.
For Davis, shots came mostly in the paint. The Lady Wolves worked the ball into the lane with drives and cuts for short baskets. At one point, Pruitt scored six straight for the home team. She paced the Wolves with 14 before intermission and 23 in the game.
The six straight for Pruitt ran the Davis lead to 11 points, 23-12 midway through the second quarter. By halftime, the Wolves still had a double-digit lead, 31-19.
After a good start by the Red-and-White in the third quarter, the Davis offense went cold. An offensive rebound by freshman forward Kensley Barnes led to a Pruitt basket to start the second half. Summer followed 10 seconds later with a three-pointer off a side inbounds play and the Lady Wolves had their largest lead of the game, 36-19.
Davis only scored five points in the rest of the frame, though, with a pair of Bridge Creek threes keeping Davis from putting the game away early.
In the fourth quarter, Summers started with the first five point to put the home team up by 21. Again like the third, the Davis offense went cold after that. The Lady Wolves didn’t score for three minutes after that, keeping the starters in the game a little longer.
Defensively, though, Davis continued to bring the pressure. Bridge Creek also struggled to score over the final six minutes of the game, with just 9 of the 21 points it needed to comeback. For the Lady Wolves, it was an impressive win to start the season, 1-0.
Davis mixed three starters with lots of experience in Pruitt, Summers and LaNoy, along with lots of young athleticism. Barnes got the start inside, but several other freshman played meaningful minutes for the Lady Wolves.
“That’s a talented group and it was great to see them get a little experience tonight when the game was still competitive,” said Lady Wolves’ head coach, Jeff Brown. “It’s nice to a have a lot of girls that can help us and now we’ve just got to get them to where they know what they’re doing when they’re out there.”
Last year, the season opened with a loss at Bridge Creek. For Davis, it was nice to return the favor to start this season.
“We’ve definitely got a lot we need to improve on, but this was a good start,” Brown said after the game.
Bridge Creek 65, Davis 44
For the Davis boys, the action was a lot closer than the score in the first quarter. Raydyn Amos actually scored the first points of the game to put the Wolves up 2-0, but it would be their last lead of the game.
The Wolves went the next four minutes without scoring a point, while the visitors scored nine strait and outscored the Wolves 19-2 over the rest of the first quarter.
After that, the difference between the two teams was a 46-40 advantage for Bridge Creek. In the second quarter, Davis got a spark off the bench from Dalton Hefley, who buried a pair of three-pointers in the first 40 seconds of the frame.
Braxdyn Griffin added another a couple minutes later to cut the lead to 10, 23-13. The Bobcats bounced back with seven straight points before Davis went on a 10-3 run to close the second quarter.
The formula changed for Davis in the second quarter, getting a combined 15 points from its bench and cranking up full court pressure to force Bridge Creek errors.
By halftime, the Bobcat lead was down to single digits again, 33-24.
The third quarter was back-and-forth, but for each basket Davis made, Bridge Creek made two. Breaking the press led to easy buckets at time and offensive rebounds allowed too many extra opportunities for the visitors.
The fourth quarter started with Davis trailing 54-24. The Wolves worked hard and were often rewarded with foul shots, but the home team made just six of 12 from the line while Bridge Creek made four of five. Even if the Wolves had made them all, the deficit was just too large to overcome in the final frame and Davis was dealt a defeat to open the season.
Wolves head coach Bill Martin is now the fourth different head coach in the past four seasons for the Davis boys. His team gave great effort and now will look to build on it and improve as they grow within Martin’s system throughout the season.
The Davis boys and girls were set for a Tuesday night trip to Purcell before the Velma-Alma tournament begins in Velma on Thursday. See the brackets on this page for tournament schedules.
Girls Game Summary
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
DHS 12 19 10 12 – 53
BHS 3 16 6 9 – 34
D – Logan Pruitt 23, Chloe Summers 14, Jacie LaNoy 8, Kensley Barnes 4, Kamryn Martin 2, Addiso and Danker 2.
Boys Game Summary
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
DHS 4 20 10 10 – 44
BHS 19 14 21 11 – 65
D – Raydyn Amos 12, Cody Caraway 7, Braxdyn Griffin 7, Dalton Hefley 6, Dakota Carter 5, Jake Parker 3, Tyson Moss 2 and Spencer Clinton 2.