2016-17 Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Sherando’s Lane makes most of senior season
STEPHENS CITY — Davina Lane can do pretty much anything on the basketball court.
The Sherando senior put together the best season of her career, and she was able to lead the Warriors in many different ways.
“Davina is a special player,” Sherando coach Mike Marsh said. “She’s an incredible athlete, and I think that’s what makes her so good. She’s not only fast as a runner, but she’s fast with the basketball. She’s fast on defense. She covers the floor everywhere. She’s a nightmare when she’s guarding people because she has such quick hands. Just her true athleticism is what makes here a great basketball player.”
Lane, The Northern Virginia Daily’s 2016-17 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, led the Warriors in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per contest.
She also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and an area-best 4.2 steals per game.
One of the top moments of the season for Lane was scoring her 1,000th point. She said she didn’t realize how big of an accomplishment it was until later.
“Someone told me you know how hard it is to score your 1,000th point?” Lane said of scoring 1,000 points. “And I was like I don’t know. I just consistently scored since freshman year — I didn’t know. It’s definitely an honor to come and make a mark on this school. It’s a great honor.”
Lane finished with 1,125 points, sixth all-time in school history. She also finished with 314 steals, which is in the top five all-time at Sherando.
Lane said she prides herself on defense, and said her father has always pushed to focus on playing solid defense.
March said she causes problems for opposing teams because of her speed and athleticism.
“If you try to drive on her offensively she’s going to shut you down, because she’s got quick feet,” Marsh said. “If you try to pass over her she’s going to deflect the ball. If you try to shoot over her she’s going to block the shot. She just does a lot of good things.”
Lane, who has signed to run track at George Mason University next year, won two state titles in the Group 4A state meet last year.
Her speed also gives her a solid advantage on offense, where she can hit a jumper, or drive to the basket for a layup.
“There’s very few phases of the game that she doesn’t do pretty daggone good,” Marsh said. “You try to defend her outside, she’s going to go by you because she’s quick. If you try to lay off of her she’s going to shoot a jump shot in your eye.”
One of the highlights of Sherando’s 16-7 season was beating Millbrook in the two team’s first meeting of the regular season.
Lane said it was probably the best game the Warriors played all season.
“I think collectively as a team we really wanted to beat them,” Lane said. “And the fact that we all came together, rallied together and accomplished that goal was a big thing this season.”
Lane said her goal coming into the season was to shoot 80 percent from the free-throw line. She didn’t quite reach that goal, but still shot an area-best 79.3 percent (92-for-116). She is the school’s all-time leader in career free-throw percentage at 75 percent (290-for-387), and her 79.3 percent this season was second-best all-time.
Lane definitely made an impact on the girls basketball program, and she said what she’ll remember the most is her teammates.
“There’s a good group of girls going around at Sherando in the basketball program,” Lane said. “And there’s so much love. And you know how hard it is for 12, 15 girls to all get along — that is very rare. And the fact that it happened like all four years that is amazing. I definitely love my teammates and they’ll definitely be life-long friends.”
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