West Point girls lose despite 31 points from Davis

Staff Writer

The West Point Lady Wave lost to West Lowndes 63-56 on Friday night, despite 31 points from Arresta Davis and 19 from Aamiya Rush.

“She’s one of my better players, but sometimes her confidence is just not there,” West Point head coach Dash Daniel said of Davis. “She’s starting to find her confidence now. She’s one of our better three-point shooters, she just doesn’t take the shots and I’ve been on her for the last few weeks, telling her ‘Hey, I need you to step up and play with more confidence. Don’t worry about missing.’”

Davis shot 10-for-15 from the field on Friday night, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. She also converted 8-of-9 free throws.

“Her aggressiveness is what got her to the line,” Daniel said. “She was just taking it strong to the hole and her free-throw shooting is what kept us in the game.”

Daniel said the only thing he could attribute Davis’ early struggles to was lack of confidence.

“I’ve always seen it in her. Her brother (Juan Davis Jr.) has won and he plays at Troy University. Her sister played at East Mississippi,” Daniel said. “The pedigree is there. Her whole family is athletic in basketball and she’s played against them every day.”

Daniel said he had already tabbed his three seniors (Davis, Rush, and Ty Johnson) as the ‘Big Three’ and said he will have to have big nights from all three going forward.

“We’re calling them the ‘Big Three’ now because they’ve been carrying the load for us,” Daniel said. “With them being seniors, I have to have their leadership, because after those three, we are really young.”

While Daniel says he will need big performances from his seniors, night in, and night out, he also said it is important to get more contributions from the younger role players.

“I think they’re just hesitant,” Daniel said of his underclassmen. “Last night we had a come together after the game and I asked them ‘what is it going to take for you to feel comfortable?’ My whole motto for the young girls is ‘why not now?’”

Johnson, one of the Lady Wave’s seniors, only scored six points, which came all in the second half. Johnson was hampered with foul trouble early on, which caused her to have to sit on the bench for the majority of the second quarter.

The only other West Point player to score was Zaria Bankston, who made the back end of two free throws in the second quarter.

West Lowndes was led by sophomore Marvaysha Seal’s 21 points, while Ariel Boswell added 14.

The Lady Wave will be in action on Tuesday night, as West Point hosts Saltillo in its first district game of the season.