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Lawhon’s double-double not enough for JV boys

After winning each of the first two games by 21 points, the glow came off the Davie JV boys basketball team at West Forsyth.  Davie had a meltdown in the third quarter and lost 41-37 in the Central Piedmont Conference opener on Jan. 16.

Giving up 20 offensive rebounds to the Titans and shooting 23 percent from the floor was not a winning formula.

“This was a big JV team,” coach Tim Kenney said after Davie shot 13 of 55, including 3 of 25 on 3-point attempts. “We had to box out and we didn’t do it. They got too many second and third opportunities. Our shooting was horrible. Bottom line, we just didn’t play good enough to win.”

After falling behind 10-6 in the first quarter, the War Eagles climbed back to a 16-16 tie at halftime. But they only managed four points in the third and dug a 29-20 hole.

The deficit was 11 with 3:27 remaining. That’s when Davie charged back. Coleman Lawhon, Ethan Ratledge, Hunter Davis and Burke Rosenbaum were responsible for 17 fourth-quarter points as Davie got within two in the waning seconds. It had to foul with 11 seconds to go, and the Titan hit both free throws to seal Davie’s fate.

“It was a great push,” Kenney said. “The kids kept fighting. They battled and battled and battled – but the damage was done already.”

One of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable day was Lawhon’s double-double. He scored seven of Davie’s 17 in the fourth and finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds (twice as many boards as the next man). The freshman guard also collected three assists, two blocks and two steals.

“He is a high-energy, high-effort player,” Kenney said. “He just goes all the time. I mean he has one speed on the court, and that’s full speed. He really battled today. A lot of guys battled, but Coleman really laid it out there today. He didn’t shoot well – none of us shot well – but he crashed the boards and did a good job.”

Hunter Davis led Davie’s scoring for the third time with 11. Ratledge had six points, six rebounds and two blocks. Zeb Pilcher had five points. Rosenbaum had five points, three assists and two steals.

JV Girls

The first Davie JV girls game in three years was a rough experience for the War Eagles. West Forsyth built a 15-point halftime lead and rolled over Davie 42-21.

First-year coach Marnic Lewis got six points from Gracie Wilson and Peyton Spaugh. Gracie Spicer had five and Sydney Phelps four.