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Wolves Runners-Up at Warner

By Jeff Mapes
The Davis basketball teams split against Sulphur in Murray County Bedlam then competed last weekend at the Warner Eagle Invitational.
The Wolves dropped a heartbreaker to the Bulldogs on Jan. 16, but ended the week taking second at the tournament. Davis fell to host Warner in the finals after defeating Quinton and Westville.
The Lady Wolves, who dropped two spots to 14th in this week’s Class 2A poll, recorded their first win over Sulphur since 2016. They opened tourney play with a victory over Vian but lost two straight to Roland and Warner and finished fourth.
Boys’ Games
Sulphur 35 Wolves 32
Junior Dalton Hefley hit a 3 with 5:57 in the third that put the Wolves in front 24-14. From there, Davis was outscored 21-8.
The Wolves’ final points of the game came with 2:04 left when Wyatt Fielding made a layup for a 32-28 advantage. Sulphur took its first lead with 1:15 remaining and ended with a 7-0 run.
“The hardest thing to do is play with a lead and try to hold on to it,” Wolves head coach Dakota Blackwell said. “We’re still trying to figure out how to do that. That one stung a little bit.”
Davis was 1-7 from the free throw line. Spencer Clinton led with 12 points. Wyatt Fielding scored eight while Braxdyn Griffin had seven.
Wolves 53 Quinton 51 (OT)
This first round tournament game, played Jan. 18, featured four ties and four lead changes. Griffin and Dakota Carter hit key 3s down the stretch.
Clinton sent the game into overtime with a 3 at the buzzer. Davis outscored the Savages 8-6 in the extra session.
Griffin nailed a 3 then was fouled with two seconds left. The junior hit two free throws for the win.
“We were up for the challenge,” Blackwell said. “I was super proud of the guys. We found a way and it was good to come out on top.”
Three starters were in double figures, including Fielding with 15, Hefley 14 and Clinton 10. Griffin finished with eight.
Wolves 59 Westville 45
Davis hit eight 3s the next day against Westville and used a 16-7 edge in the third to open a double-digit lead. Hefley’s trey to start the fourth handed the Wolves their largest lead at 48-32.
Westville went on an 8-0 lead and trailed 48-40. An 11-5 answer by Davis secured the win and placed the Wolves in the finals.
“I thought we showed up and came out pretty sharp,” Blackwell said. “We played pretty well that night.”
Fielding again led a balanced attack with 17. Hefley scored 14 while Carter and Clinton each had 10.
Warner 36 Wolves 34
Warner took charge of the championship game on Jan. 20 with a 14-3 run that stretched into the second quarter. The Eagles, ranked 11th in 2A, led by 10 three times following intermission.
Davis, now 10-7, held Warner scoreless in the final 5:55 and came within two at 36-34 with 2:05 remaining. Griffin missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
“I thought beside our second quarter, we had a shot to win it at the buzzer,” Blackwell said.
Hefley led with 13 while Carter, Clinton and Griffin all added seven.
Girls’ Games
Lady Wolves 44 Sulphur 27
Davis held Sulphur to 10 points in the second half and turned a tight game into a double-digit final. The Lady Wolves led by 10 midways through the third and by 16 at the end.
“It was a big game for us,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “They’re a big rival and the girls did a really good job of our defensive game plan.”
Jakobi LaNoy led with 15. Mattie Morton had 12 and Preslee Hunt scored nine.
Lady Wolves 47 Vian 23
Davis opened the tournament making six 3s in the first half. Hunt hit five while Kamryn Martin made another.
The Lady Wolves took command in the second with a 10-1 run. Davis led twice by 20 in the third and 27 in the fourth.
“I thought we played a little bit sluggish, but we played hard,” Brown said.
Hunt led all scorers with 20. LaNoy had 11 while Martin and Morton both scored six.
Roland 38 Lady Wolves 29
The Lady Wolves enjoyed a brief lead at 11-9 on Hunt’s 3. Roland, ranked 7th in 3A, then went on a 17-2 run and led 26-15 at halftime.
Davis chipped away at the deficit and came within five at 33-28 with 1:50 left. Free throws at the end widened the margin.
“I was really proud for the girls for their fight and effort.” Brown said.
LaNoy scored 10 and Morton had seven. Hunt and Martin each added six.
Warner 37 Lady Wolves 26
The two teams battled for third and were tied 13-13 at halftime. Warner, 7th in 2A, started the second half with a 5-0 run and held Davis scoreless in the first 3:22 of the third.
The Lady Wolves, now 14-3, came within four at the start of the fourth and five with 58 seconds left.
“That was a disappointing game,” Brown said. “We played hard like we always do. That’s something we talk to our kids about. Sometimes playing hard is not always enough.”
Hunt and LaNoy each scored seven. Barnes had six while Morton recorded four.
Davis returned home Jan. 23 and celebrated Homecoming against Lexington. The two conference foes will meet again Feb. 1 at Lexington. Davis will travel to Coalgate the next night for a non-conference contest.
Girls’ Game Summaries
Sulphur 7 10 6 4 – 27
Davis 9 11 9 15 – 44
Jakobi LaNoy 15, Mattie Morton 12, Preslee Hunt 9, Shelby Courtney 5, Kensley Barnes 2 and Kamryn Martin 1.
Davis 14 10 16 7 – 47
Vian 8 5 8 2 – 23
Hunt 20, LaNoy 11, Martin 6, Morton 6, Barnes 3 and Addison Danker 1.
Davis 13 2 3 11 – 29
Roland 16 10 3 9 – 38
LaNoy 10, Morton 7, Martin 6 and Hunt 6.
Davis 5 8 4 9 – 26
Warner 10 3 10 14 – 37
Hunt 7, LaNoy 7, Barnes 6, Morton 4 and Martin 2.
Boys’ Game Summaries
Sulphur 4 10 9 12 – 35
Davis 12 9 7 4 – 32
Spencer Clinton 12, Wyatt Fielding 8, Braxdyn Griffin 7 and Dalton Hefley 5.
Quinton 16 6 7 16 6 – 51
Davis 6 14 11 14 8
Fielding 15, Hefley 14, Clinton 10, Griffin 8, Dakota Carter 4 and Tyson Moss 2.
Wv 10 15 7 13 – 45
Davis 11 18 16 14 – 59
Fielding 17, Hefley 14, Clinton 10, Carter 10 and Griffin 8.
Davis 13 5 6 10 – 34
Warner 11 14 7 4 – 36
Hefley 13, Carter 7, Clinton 7 and Griffin 7.

THE WOLVES placed second in the Warner Tournament held Jan. 18-20. Davis fell to host Warner in the finals after defeating Quinton and Westville. (Photo by Elissa Hefley)

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