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Wolves Take Two Following Layoff

By Jeff Mapes
Playing for the first time in nine days, Davis basketball returned to action Feb. 1-2 at Lexington then Coalgate. Both the Lady Wolves and Wolves registered sweeps in the non-conference contests.
The last time on the court was Jan. 23 at home against Lexington. Davis doubled up on the Bulldogs on Homecoming.
With the latest victories, the 16th ranked Lady Wolves improved to 17-3. The Wolves, rated 19th in Class 2A, are now 13-7.
Lady Wolves 35 Lexington 29
Davis was held scoreless in the first 3:35 of the game and trailed 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Wolves used a 13-2 scoring advantage in the second period to lead 15-6 at halftime.
“It just seemed like we were rusty,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “Playing them back-to-back a week and a half apart got us a little bit rusty. Too many turnovers. Didn’t shoot the ball well.”
Jakobi LaNoy hit a layup early in the third that handed Davis its first double-digit lead. However, Lexington responded with three straight 3s.
The Lady Bulldogs tied the score at 18-18 with their fourth 3 in the quarter. Lily Hefley quickly answered and regained the lead for Davis with a 3.
There were four consecutive lead changes to start the fourth. Mattie Morton put the Lady Wolves up for good at 27-26. Davis ended the game on an 8-3 run.
“Like always, we played good defense,” Brown said. “We forced them into some turnovers. We just didn’t score enough because of poor shooting and too many turnovers.”
LaNoy scored six of her 10 points in the second quarter. Kensley Barnes posted all six of her points in the first half. Shelby Courtney and Kamryn Martin both added five.
Lady Wolves 47 Coalgate 31
Preslee Hunt hit two 3s and scored eight points in the first quarter that paced a 14-7 margin. LaNoy had seven by halftime and Davis led 21-16.
The Lady Wolves allowed five points in the third and 15 in the second half. Davis went 13-26 on free throws including 6-16 in the fourth.
“We played better than we did the night before, but it still wasn’t what we’re capable of doing,” Brown said. “I would have liked to have seen us play better but we figured it out and got it done.”
Hunt nailed three 3s in the second half and finished with 20. LaNoy was in double figures with 11.
All of Barnes’ seven points came after intermission. Morton tallied her four points in the fourth.
Wolves 57 Lexington 47
The start of this game featured two ties and six lead changes. Dalton Hefley, held scoreless in the first quarter, had 13 in the second that sparked a 22-20 Davis lead at halftime.
“It was kind of weird being off a week and a half and playing a team you just played in the previous game,” head coach Dakota Blackwell said. “We knew we’d get off to a slow start. Being off that long.”
Tied at 22, the Wolves went on a 15-2 run in the third for a 37-24 cushion. Despite Lexington cutting the lead twice to seven in the fourth, Davis enjoyed five 13-point leads.
Davis hit six 3s in the matchup. The Wolves were 13-16 from the line including 9-12 in the final stanza.
“We kind of settled down in the second half,” Blackwell said. “Dalton carried the offense for us, and everybody played pretty good defense.”
Hefley went 5-11 from three-point range and led all scorers with 27. Braxdyn Griffin scored six while Tyson Moss had five and Spencer Clinton four.
Wolves 35 Coalgate 22
Davis jumped out 7-2, led 7-4 after the first and 14-7 at halftime. The Wolves extended a 21-16 third-quarter lead to double digits in the fourth.
“They pulled the ball out,” Blackwell said. “Made us extend our defense. They were kind of content to just waste the clock, keep it close and make us gamble a bit.”
Hefley hit the Wolves’ only 3 in the first quarter. Davis was 6-10 from the line including 4-5 in the fourth.
Wyatt Fielding scored nine in the first half and finished with 16. Clinton had seven of his nine in the fourth. Hefley ended with seven.
Davis honored five seniors Feb. 6 at the last regular season home game against Little Axe. The Wolves will travel to Tishomingo Feb. 9 and Dibble Feb. 12.
Playoff district pairings were recently announced. Davis will host Stratford Feb. 16 in the 2A Area I District 4 Tournament.
Girls’ Game Summaries
Davis 2 13 8 12 – 35
Lex 4 2 15 8 – 29
Jakobi LaNoy 10, Kensley Barnes 6, Shelby Courtney 5, Kamryn Martin 5, Mattie Morton 3, Lily Hefley 3 and Preslee Hunt 3.
Davis 14 7 11 15 – 47
Coal 7 9 5 10 – 31
Hunt 20, LaNoy 11, Barnes 7, Morton 4, Martin 3, Addison Danker 1 and Hefley 1.
Boys’ Game Summaries
Davis 7 15 15 20 – 57
Lex 7 13 6 21 – 47
Dalton Hefley 27, Wyatt Fielding 10, Braxdyn Griffin 6, Tyson Moss 5, Spencer Clinton 4, Dakota Carter 2, Isaac Lewis 2 and Landon Gibson 1.
Davis 7 7 7 14 – 35
Coal 4 3 9 6 – 22
Fielding 16, Clinton 9, Hefley 7, Carter 2 and Griffin 1.

 

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