Sunday, September 14, 2014

JV Girls Dominate Opener

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • West Rowan's jayvee player runs in a tough defender in K'lea Parks. - Photo by Robin Snow

The Davie jayvee girls basketball team's first game couldn't have gone better if coach Jenn O'Brien had scripted it herself.

O'Brien's quick and tenacious crew jumped to an early lead and never looked back in a 47-30 home victory over West Rowan.

“We're a pressing team and we are truly blessed with ball handlers, which gave us a huge advantage,” O'Brien said. “We have girls who are selfless. They pass the ball. They help each other.”

Getting at least six points from five players, Davie led 14-6 after one quarter, pushed the lead to 26-15 at halftime and extended it to 38-24 in the third.

O'Brien raved about her point guards - Madison Bohannon and Patterson Jones.

Bohannon, who averaged 11.4 points on North Davie's 17-0 juggernaut last year, paced the War Eagles with 14 points.

“Madison is the type of point guard that sees the court really well,” she said.

Jones, who was second with 11 points, reached double figures for the third consecutive game dating to last year's jayvee season.

“She is the type of point guard that is going to challenge the defense,” she said. “Nine times out of 10 she's going to go in and draw the foul. It's nice to have two completely different types of point guards out there at the same time. It's tough to match up when you don't know how they're going to drive.”

Beck wasn't known for her scoring at North Davie; she was a defensive demon. She still brings hard-nosed D, but she also delivered 10 points in her high-school debut.

“I was very proud of her,” O'Brien said. “Jessie anticipated (on defense) and she was able to get some fast breaks. She had a really nice rebound putback. I was very impressed with her.”

Davie displayed excellent balance, with K'lea Parks and Bailey Walsh contributing six points each. Since Davie has little size, Parks and Walsh are being asked to work inside.

“We are not a post team,” she said. “We're going to have to be successful on the perimeter. K'lea and Bailey played mainly on the perimeter in middle school. Having never played inside positions before, they did an outstanding job. When we were pressing, we put K'lea on the ball.”

Davie 47, W. Rowan 30 - Madison Bohannon 14, Patterson Jones 11, Jessie Beck 10, K'lea Parks 6, Bailey Walsh 6.