Sherando’s Lane finds consistency

Davina Lane

STEPHENS CITY — It’s all coming together for Davina Lane.

The Sherando sophomore struggled offensively earlier in the season, but last week in a win over James Wood things finally began to click for her. Lane scored a career-high 21 points, regaining the offensive touch she had shown last year as a freshman.

“I always look for open looks on shots, and that night they were just going in,” Lane said of her performance last week against James Wood. “I was just consistent. After the game [Sherando coach Mike Marsh] was like, ‘That’s the player I’ve been looking for. That’s the player I know that can play.'”

Marsh said Lane’s defense has been strong all season, but he had been waiting for her to have that breakout game offensively, and begin putting it all together.

“She was in a very good groove,” Marsh said. “She shot with confidence. She attacked the rim. She got to the foul line. She gave us another solid scorer. It gave her, her confidence back offensively.”

Lane followed up her 21-point performance with a solid game against Broadway. She had seven points and also had four steals, three assists and four rebounds.

For her solid week, Lane earned The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for Jan. 25-31.

Lane averaged more than nine points a game last season, but said she wanted to improve on her shooting and it’s starting to show. She is now averaging 6.8 points per game, and is shooting 41.9 percent (39-for-93) from the floor.

“She has a different array of shots. She can attack the rim,” Marsh said. “She shoots a nice 10-12-foot shot, and she’s really getting more comfortable shooting from 3-point range. If you guard her tight she’s going to go around you, I guarantee it, because she’s quick. If you back off a little bit, she’s comfortable enough now with her abilities that she’s not afraid to stick it in your eye from 19-20 feet or so, which is good. Because of that and her level of confidence with that, she’s becoming more and more dangerous.”

The one thing she’s brought all season for the Warriors is her defense. She leads the team with 3.3 steals per game. Marsh said she is usually guarding one of the opposing team’s better players and does a good job of shutting them down.

Marsh said her defense is an area she’s really improved on in the last year.

“I think she understands now that in order for our team to be successful and do the things we want to do, defense is the way to go,” Marsh said. “She’s out there causing havoc and forcing turnovers. She realizes that everybody gets rewarded from it, not just her but the whole team gets rewarded for that. … Now I think she’s settled in to her defensive self and her offensive game can come back again. I think that’s what’s going to happen here at the end of the season.”

One of Lane’s biggest assets is her speed. She had a strong season last year as a freshman on the track team, and that shows up on the basketball court as well. Marsh said that when Lane starts on a breakaway, he knows that opposing teams aren’t going to catch her.

Lane said she plays basketball year-round with the Winchester Rising Stars, and that has helped her game. Marsh said that all of Lane’s experience with basketball and track is one of the reasons she handles pressure so well.

“She knows what it’s like to have pressure on her,” Marsh said. “As a sophomore, she plays a lot more than most girls her age. She’s one of the girls out there that I don’t worry about in a panic situation when it comes to a big pressure game. Even as a sophomore she’s played enough basketball in her younger years, and with us now, that she plays at a much older age.”

That may be one of the reasons she’s such a perfect fit with her senior teammates. Lane is the only starter that isn’t a senior, but she fits with the seniors like a glove.

“I think we have a really cool relationship, because we’re the starters and we have to work together,” Lane said. “Freshman year I was a little nervous about like, ‘Oh, I don’t know them,’ but this year they’re just like my sisters. We’re just going out there and playing the game of basketball. We’re like family.”

Lane said she wants the seniors to have the best season possible, and that will help motivate her to do her best over the final stretch of the season.

Sherando has been a little up and down, but Lane said she believes the team has their best games ahead of them and Marsh agrees.

“There is a giant in that gym waiting to come out,” Marsh said. “My hope for them is that they see that and the next five games that they come to that realization, because if so we’re going to be very, very difficult to stop. We are very athletic. We can play some great defense, stop people any time we want. We have great offensive players. … If they can see it and they can collectively just put things together, it could be a long year for us yet. We could have a lot more games to play than just the six games we have left.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com