Forrester helps women’s basketball outpace Pacers

Junior Anika Kingsley grabs an offensive rebound during Friday’s game against Grant. Kingsley scored 11 points in the 80-41 win. (Photo: T. Crowell)

By Owen Yancher, Staff–

The Grant Pacers should have stayed in Del Paso Heights Friday night and read a Lemony Snicket novel. Even though they didn’t, the Pacers still endured “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

In the first game of a back-to-back Blue Devil homestand, the women’s basketball team thrashed Grant 80-41 on Friday, Jan. 22 at The Cage.

Sophomore Kelsey Forrester tallied 22 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils, and also dished out a team-high seven assists to go with six steals. Senior Rachael Allison contributed 12 points and grabbed six boards, and junior Anika Kingsley muscled out 11 points.

Davis came out firing Friday night, creating a 12-point cushion only three minutes into the first quarter and never letting the Pacers regain any ground. Allison amassed 10 of her points in the first six minutes before shifting her focus to defense for the remainder of the game.

After a quarter-ending three-ball from junior Sarah Grahn, Davis expanded its lead to 24 points, up 45-21 at the half.

Consistent offensive play from the Lady Blue Devils along with a handful of Grant turnovers helped widen the Davis lead in the second half. The Pacers seemed overly excited for “Travel Tuesday,” an upcoming DHS spirit day, turning the ball more than 10 times in the third quarter alone. Davis led by 35 at the conclusion of the third, 67-35.

With Friday’s win, Davis sits at fifth place in the current Delta League standings, but head coach Heather Highshoe expressed extreme optimism for the remainder of the season.

“The girls really turned the page from Tuesday’s loss against Pleasant Grove,” Highshoe said. “ The effort, execution and energy was great. Hopefully we can carry this over to tomorrow.”

The team will have its hands full Saturday night, when it takes on the defending state champs from McClatchy High. Highshoe adjusted practice earlier in the week to prepare.

“We’ve focused on a lot of […] one-on-one competition drills,” Highshoe said. “ Defensive execution will be extremely important, as will making sure everyone is on the same page.”



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