2016 Female Athlete of the Year: Sherando’s Lane had stellar junior season

Sherando's Davina Lane drives to the basket as Milbrook's Amari Anthony defends during the Conference 21 West finals held at Millbrook High School on Feb. 18 in Winchester. Lane was one of the top scorers in the area this past season. Rich Cooley/Daily file

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando’s Davina Lane made the most of her junior season.

Even though she didn’t play a fall sport, Lane worked out with the Sherando cross country team to help her get ready for the upcoming basketball and track seasons.

When basketball season rolled around, Lane was ready and had a solid season.

“I knew the basketball team was going to be a little different because all the upperclassmen had left, and I was the only returning starter,” Lane said. “So I knew I was going to have to play a little different game of basketball this year. And probably be more aggressive and take over on the team and be more of a leader this year.”

Lane averaged 15.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 3.6 steals per game.

Sherando's Davina Lane leaves the competition behind in the 100-meter hurdles during the Conference 21 Track and Field Meet this spring at Handley High School. Rich Cooley/Daily

She also led the area in 3-point percentage (35.8 percent) and free-throw percentage (75.6).

Sherando girls basketball coach Mike Marsh said that as good as Lane was offensively she was just as good on defense.

“She’s a solid defender, but she’s so quick and long people sometimes underestimate it. I think she probably averaged 12-to-15 deflected balls a game,” Marsh said. “… Even if they make the pass to the next player it disrupts the offense. It just makes it difficult.”

The Warriors peaked at the right time and advanced to the Region 4A West tournament quarterfinals, where they lost to William Fleming.

Lane said she was proud of how they did with such a young team, most of which should be back next year.

Sherando junior Davina Lane jumps the final hurdle during the girls 300-meter hurdles in the Group 4A track and field state championships in Harrisonburg. Lane won state titles in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. She had a standout season in both track and basketball. Brad Fauber/Daily file

To advance to regionals, the Warriors knocked off Woodgrove in the Conference 21 West semifinals. Lane said it was her most memorable moment from the season even though she wasn’t feeling well.

“That was a good game. I did not feel good that game at all,” Lane said. “My stomach hurt so bad. It didn’t hurt during the game, but it definitely hurt at halftime and after the game. I just pushed through it and played that game. I knew we had to win or our season would be over.”

Not only did Lane play basketball in the winter season, she also was part of the Sherando indoor track team. She went to practices when she could, and ran in some of the meets.

Lane finished second in the Group 4A state 55-meter hurdles race. It was the first year Lane ran indoor track.

“It was nice. It didn’t really interfere with my basketball,” Lane said. “It was nice to be able to have that variety, and just come from basketball practice one day and then I’m jumping over hurdles the next day.”

Sherando's Davina Lane goes up under the basket while Goretti's Elaija Demeza attempts to block her shot during second quarter action on Feb. 3 in Stephens City. Lane led the Warriors to regionals this past season. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Her indoor track season helped give Lane a jump start on her outdoor track season. Lane won the Group 4A track and field state title in both the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

“She had never done 55 hurdles or any of those races so it changes everything when you’re dealing with stuff like that,” Sherando hurdles coach Jamie McCarty said of her indoor track season. “We already knew she was a great outdoor track athlete, and I think that set the tone for what she was going to do.”

Lane not only won two state titles in outdoor track, but she also added two more school records (100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash) to her resume. Lane already held the school records for the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

She said that over the last few years she’s grown to love track more than basketball and would like to run track in college.

Lane said she’s run hurdles since middle school, and she’s come a long way since then.

“I like the fact that I’m dodging an obstacle. I like the adrenaline, and that I could fall but I don’t,” Lane said. “I’ve definitely improved a lot since middle school. My arms were awful then. My freshman year I had this like Kung-fu punch that I did and now my arms are a lot better and they’re kind of where they’re supposed to be – in the general area. I’ve learned to get lower on the hurdles, because I used to be bounding in between the hurdles, and I’ve learned to run in between the hurdles and get faster there.”

Lane said that she’s still surprised at how well she did in her junior year, and she’s excited for what’s to come in her senior season.

“I’m actually really proud of myself that I could do all of that athletically, because this year was really stressful academic-wise in school,” Lane said. “It was nice to go out and perform well in my sports. … It still hasn’t hit me that I’m a senior in high school. It’s going to be different. I kind of want to go out with a bang my senior year.”

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