Female Athlete of the Week: Defense key for Sherando’s Lane

Davina Lane

STEPHENS CITY – Davina Lane loves playing defense, especially when it comes to getting steals.

The Sherando junior girls basketball player has proven to be very good at it, and her opponents are aware that when she’s guarding them she’s going to try and get a steal.

“I like intimidating people, because I’m mostly the man on the ball. So I like to intimidate the person with the ball and make them turn it over,” Lane said. “I like to jab at them sometimes. And I have to keep my hand positioned, so if they cross over the ball I can get it easily that way.”

Lane said she enjoys hounding opponents and causing them to make a mistake or simply take it away from them.

“It makes the game more fun knowing that you can intimidate other people and get in their head,” Lane said. “That’s how you get your drive, and it makes you better.”

Lane’s defensive and offensive abilities were on full display last week. Lane had seven steals to go with 22 points in a victory over Briar Woods. Lane followed that up with 17 points and five steals in a victory over Skyline.

Her efforts last week helped Lane earn The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 11-17.

The last two years Lane has been a starter for the Warriors. Both seasons she had the quartet of Heidi Brown, who now plays at Virginia Tech, Jess Hakel, who plays at Potomac State, Erin Magalis and Audra Sites on the floor with her. With the quartet having graduated last June, things are different for Lane this year.

“Last year she had a good year, but with the seniors around she was kind of hidden,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “Now she’s our No. 1 gun. She draws the best defender from every team, and she’s really stepped up really well to take that responsibility. It’s tough when you’re defended by every team’s best defender, and she’s producing real well because it’s something she’s adapted well to.”

Lane said the adjustment hasn’t been easy.

“It’s not like I’m playing with a whole new team, but I’m playing with whole new people because we didn’t really sub as much,” Lane said. “So I was always playing with those four, and it was really tough to lose them. I think I’m coping well, because I have a good team this year. I’m trying to get them to understand and be comfortable on the floor, because I think sometimes our team is a little scared.”

Lane leads the team in points (14.8), steals (4.3), assists (1.9) and rebounds (5.3) per contest.

Lane, who is also a standout in track and field, said she’s really worked on improving her shot.

The Warriors have struggled some in the postseason the last few years, and Lane said she’d like to see her team go further this season.

“I think we have to come together again, because the past couple games we’ve been losing each other,” Lane said of the team. “We haven’t really been working as a team. We need to find our chemistry and our rhythm again, and then everything else will start falling into place for us.”

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