PHOTO: Lady Blue Devils defend against the Thundering Herd when throwing in the ball from out of bounds.
By Caroline Chilcott,
The Davis High women’s varsity basketball team celebrated their victory on Jan. 24 at their home game against the Pleasant Grove Eagles, where they won 58-15.
Sophomore Mara Bledsoe earned Davis’ first point not even 30 seconds into the game.
“I was happy to start off the game with an offensive rebound and [make] our first two points,” Bledsoe said.
After Pleasant Grove’s Annie Garrison fouled DHS junior Skylar Schouten, Schouten attempted and made two free throws, adding to Davis’s score.
“I was proud to make most of my free throws because that’s something we’ve been working on a lot during practice,” Schouten said.
With four minutes left in the first quarter, all starters were subbed out. Junior Courtney Rutherford scored her first points of the night while, with only a minute left in the first quarter, Pleasant Grove added tallies to the scoreboard for the first time, ending the quarter with a score 19-3.
Starting off the second quarter, junior Emme Eisenman and Rutherford both splashed three pointers and senior Surina Beal completed more free throws for Davis, extending a substantial lead against Pleasant Grove.
“I’m very proud of everyone tonight, everyone got to play and everyone executed,” Schouten said.
Celebrating her 17th birthday with her career high in points scored, junior Maddie Buzbee accounted for three three-pointers.
“I was really proud of Maddie and her threes. She was on fire tonight and it’s good to see her shooting more because she has a great shot,” sophomore Kate Nelson said.
Pleasant Grove scored only one point in the second quarter, ending the half with a score of 34-4 in favor of the Devils.
“The atmosphere was awesome tonight. The band, crowd and cheerleaders really impacted how we played and gave us a lot of energy that we’ve been lacking,” Skinner said.
Starting off the third quarter, Buzbee, Bledsoe and Eisenman all scored for Davis while Pleasant Grove added another few points to their score, making it 48-9.
In the fourth quarter, Rutherford, Skinner and sophomore Caitlin McMillan added points to the DHS score, ending the game 58-15.
“Playing basketball this year has been so fun. I’m so lucky to have such great coaches but especially Heather [Highshoe] has been such an amazing coach, and I’ve improved so much this year because of her. I also love all my teammates this year, and I’m excited to see how the rest of the season goes,” Nelson said.