By Chloe Sommer,
The Davis High women’s varsity basketball team (12-0 in league) fought hard all night for a 54-46 victory against the visiting Pleasant Grove Eagles on Feb. 10, prolonging their undefeated season.
The Eagles are the Devils’ toughest competitors in the Delta League, and were previously undefeated aside from Davis’s 63-58 win against them on Jan. 20. The Eagles came ready for redemption, and put up a hard fight.
The game began rough as a foul was declared against Davis within the first 30 seconds on the clock. But even with a rocky start, junior Rachael Allison put the Devils on the scoreboard first, snaking around Pleasant Grove players for a clean shot.
The Eagles fought back hard, retaliating immediately to Davis baskets. The players were all fresh throughout the first period, sprinting cross-court in a mad dash for the ball. Though both teams made many shots apiece, the first period ended with relatively low scores as the Devils led 12-6.
“Tonight was really a huge test for us […] just having everybody step up and do what needed to be done against a team that was just one game behind us, knowing that they’re coming in here looking for payback from last time,” coach Heather Highshoe said.
The women did step up, maintaining their lead for the rest of the game. They were always at least five points ahead of Pleasant Grove.
The Lady Blue Devils’ senior star Emma Stenz was a rebound hawk, grabbing the ball frequently enough to give Davis a 28-18 lead by halftime.
But Pleasant Grove hit the ground running in the third quarter, fighting the Devils’ strong lead. The Eagles managed to cut the lead in half before Davis found its rhythm again.
“Pleasant Grove is undeniably a great team. [They’re] very strong. But me and my teammates stepped up to the challenge,” Stenz said.
The Eagles fought hard until the end, but the Lady Blue Devils matched them basket for basket to secure their win. Senior Caitlin Mazzoleni, senior Katherine Grahn and sophomore Cara Satre were also all strong on the court.
Despite the Eagles’ best efforts, the clock ran out with the Devils on offense, ending the night at 54-46. With this win, Davis remains undefeated in the league.
“If we keep playing the way we do, it’s gonna be hard to stop us,” Stenz said.
The Devils have two more games left in the league. Their next match is at home Feb. 13 against Grant.