Athlete of the Week: Decision to play basketball paying off for Sherando’s Lane
STEPHENS CITY — Before Sherando’s girls basketball season began, Davina Lane had a tough decision to make.
The senior had to choose between running indoor track, or playing basketball in the winter season.
Last year she was allowed to do both and she finished second in the girls 55-meter hurdles and sixth in the girls 300-meter run at the Group 4A state indoor track meet. Lane, who has already signed a letter of intent to run track at George Mason University, also won two state titles in the Group 4A outdoor track meet.
“It was a tough decision because obviously I’m going to college for track. So I wanted to have the best senior year I could have,” Lane said. “I was like if I don’t do indoor this year, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
While she loves running track, basketball is also a sport she loves, and Lane said she ultimately decided she wanted to play basketball one last year.
“This is my last time playing basketball, so why not stick to basketball for this last time and I’ll always have track,” Lane said.
Lane, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1, has played a key role in Sherando’s 8-3 start this season.
Sherando girls basketball coach Mike Marsh said he’s seen an improvement in Lane’s game just due to the fact that she is focused on basketball.
“When she came in for basketball it was 100 percent basketball and that was the thing that we need her to do,” Marsh said. “Because last year, we kind of tried to work things out, and it didn’t work out as well as we wanted. This year she’s full basketball — her focus is on it. You can see how she’s playing. She’s a difference maker anytime she needs to be.”
Lane leads the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game, but it’s her all-around play that is so key for the Warriors. She is averaging 6.0 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 2.1 assists per game. She can do a little bit of everything on the floor, and that was on full display last week in a loss to Spotswood.
The Warriors started off slow and trailed Spotswood 14-2 to start the game, and trailed by as many as 22 points. They were able to rally in the second half before eventually losing, 53-45.
Lane finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead the Warriors in the game.
“For some reason I tend to play better against harder teams,” Lane said. “I don’t know why. I guess it’s just I feel like I have to step up somehow, and I think I did that in that game and that’s what I had to do. I didn’t really score much in the first half. I just came out in the second half and stuff fell.”
The 5-foot-6 guard said she doesn’t do anything basketball-wise in the offseason and instead focuses on track.
She said that she thinks playing basketball does help her get ready for track season.
“It keeps me in shape when I’m not doing anything,” Lane said. “I feel like it’s hard to do that in indoor (track) because of the weather and everything. But I feel like basketball’s the way to just keep moving and giving different skill sets.”
Lane said that it still hasn’t hit her yet that it’s her senior year, but she just wants to make the most of it.
Marsh said that while she’s not real vocal, he’s seen her be more of a vocal leader this year.
“She’ll come into a halftime or before the game or a practice and she’ll say something to the girls,” Marsh said. “And they listen because they understand ‘Wow, Davina’s talking’ and they know she doesn’t ever. So when she says something it’s taken pretty seriously.”
Lane, who is a four-year starter for the Warriors, said the only goal she has for herself this season is to make 80 percent of her free throws. She is currently shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line. Last season she led the area at 75.6 percent.
Her goal for the team is a simple one.
“I just want us to have a great season and have fun with each other,” Lane said.
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