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Davis girls grab tournament title

Tournament title. The Davis girls basketball team won the Comet Classic at Velma-Alma High School on Dec. 11 with a 30-22 victory over Walters in the finals. The team is now 4-1 on the season.

By Shane Bennett
The Davis girls rode their relentless defense to a Comet Classic Championship at Velma-Alma high school on Dec. 11. With wins over Kingston j.v. and Empire, the Lady Wolves earned a trip to the finals and then whipped Walters 30-22 to take the tournament crown.
Davis 30, Walters 22
The championship win was a slow burn for the Lady Wolves, who took the lead early and held Walters at an arm’s length most of the game. Walters made one of two free throws for a 1-0 lead 61 seconds into the game. The Lady Blue Devils’ would hold that lead for three minutes until Logan Pruitt got Davis on the board with a rare three pointer. Walters would never lead again.
Pruitt got a steal and a putback 30 seconds later and Chloe Summers hit a three 30 seconds after that to make 8-3 for the Lady Wolves.
The second quarter saw two scoreless minutes until Jacie LaNoy drove the baseline and swung a pass to the opposite corner to Summers for another open three pointer.
Walters then scored four straight to cut the Davis lead to three before another scoring spurt by the Red-and-White. Pruitt scored in an inbound lob and then used the back iron to sink another three. LaNoy added a pull-up jumper and in about a minute of action, a 7-0 run put the Lady Wolves up 10, 18-8.
The third quarter started just like the second. This time it was Pruitt with a great skip pass to Summers for another bomb to make it 21-10.
A low-scoring game saw a particularly low-scoring third quarter with only 9 points for the two teams combined. Davis used great pressure and ball-hawking to frustrate the Walters offense, while the Blue Devils used their long arms to take away passing lanes and produce turnover to stymie the Lady Wolf offense.
“Their length gave us a little trouble in spots,” Davis head coach Jeff Brown admitted after the game. “It was tough to move the ball against those tall girls.”
Defense was the theme of the game, but in a low-scoring affair, the Lady Blue Devils were down to just eight minutes to make up a 24-13 deficit to start the fourth quarter. Davis nearly drove in a dagger to start the fourth. Another Summers three-pointer that would’ve put her team up by 14 rattled in and out.
Instead, it was Walters putting up quick, and sometimes contested three pointers in desperation . . . . but connecting. Three of those long balls cut the lead to just five, 27-22 with just 1:39 to play. A Walters comeback went from a long-shot to doable in just three big shots.
Great defense by the Lady Wolves produced turnovers on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter and a final defensive possession yielded an airball for Walters with just 53 seconds left in the game. After that, Pruitt hit three of her last four free throws to secure the eight-point win.
Davis made just 1-of-6 free throws in the first three quarters, but Pruitt was 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
“We always preach if you play great defense and don’t turn the ball over you’ll have a chance to win most of your games,” Brown said. “Like we talked about after the game, none of our girls played their best in this tournament, but with their toughness and grit they were still able to win a tournament.”
Davis 28, Empire 26
The drama that was lacking in Saturday’s final was out in full force at Friday’s semi-final for the Davis girls. Poor shooting and lack-luster performance led to Davis trailing after three quarters against Empire.
“In the first half we didn’t play well at all,” Brown explained. “We still had the lead at halftime, but we let Empire build confidence that they could play with us. Then, in the third quarter, we couldn’t make any shots.”
In the third, Davis managed just three buckets while the same Empire team that scored five points in the entire first half, rattled off 14 in the third to take the lead. The Lady Bulldogs had a 19-17 lead going into the final frame.
Then, it was offense by Summers for the Lady Wolves.
“Empire’s defense was set up to keep up Logan from scoring and that allowed us to get Chloe open and she hit some big threes for us,” Brown explained.
The last of them came in the final 30 seconds and proved to be the game-winning shot.
“It was definitely a struggle,” Brown said later. “We only ended up with two girls scoring, but it was definitely a whole team effort to get a really tough win.”
Davis 55, Kingston j.v. 21
The tournament opened with a lop-sided over Kingston’s junior varsity group as Davis took care of business on Dec. 9. Davis raced out to a 16-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Pruitt scored her jersey number with 21 points in less than three quarters of play, but eight different players put the ball in the basket during the route.
Purcell 43, Davis 33
The only blemish on the early season came on Dec. 7 at Purcell. Davis was outscored in all four quarters by a Purcell team that it faced twice in the post-season last year.
The Lady Dragons avenged their elimination from the playoffs in march with a win in the first match-up of the 21-22 season.
At the end of the week, Davis had set a solid pace with an early record of 4-1. The Lady Wolves were set for a trip to Lexington on Tuesday for its final game before Christmas break.
Game Summaries
Team       1   2   3   4  –  F
Davis       8  10   6   6  –  30
Walters   4   6    3   9  –  22
D – Logan Pruitt 18, Chloe Summers 10 and Jacie LaNoy 2.
Team        1   2   3   4  –  F
Davis         3   7   7  1 1  –  28
Empire      3   2  14   7  –  26
D – Chloe Summers 17 and Logan Pruitt 11.
Team           1    2    3    4  –  F
Davis           16  15  14  10  –  55
Kingston j.v.  4    4  1   12  –  21
D – Logan Pruitt 21, Chloe Summers 10, Tinley Pletcher 7, Jacie LaNoy 6, Ambria Caraway 5, Kensley Barnes 2, Cayden Buckaloo 2 and Shelby Courtney 2.
Team      1    2    3    4  –  F
Davis      9    8   10   6  –  33
Purcell   11  10  12  10  –  43
D – Logan Pruitt 18, Chloe Summers 6, Jacie LaNoy 5, Kamryn Martin 2 and Kensley Barnes 2.

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