By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
ENTERPRISE – Pine Grove has a new coach, offensive strategy and defensive scheme. One thing, however, remains the same – the play of Bryana Davis.
The senior point guard scored 20 points Thursday night to lead the Lady Panthers to their second win of the young season, a 58-36 decision against West Union.
“She has to be the floor general,” first-year Pine Grove coach Chris Parman said of his shooting star. “She’s played well and she hasn’t been 100 percent. She’s been under the weather.”
Parham has convinced Davis to trust her teammates, which has helped her game.
“She doesn’t feel like she has to do everything,” he said. “She knows people will be geared to stop her. She’s learning to find the open person. Her teammates are playing at a higher level.”
Davis says she’s playing a lot more relaxed this season.
“He’s talked to me about having more confidence in my teammates … I do,” she said. “I know I’m going to have to put up points, but I’m not putting as much pressure on myself.”
Davis scored on two layups and sank a 3-pointer in the first quarter of Thursday’s game, but her team trailed West Union 12-11.
The second quarter was a different story. Davis opened it with a pull-up jumper in the lane. Moments later the Lady Panthers went on a 16-0 run to cruise to a 29-14 halftime lead.
Anna Dixon and Chloe Bailey, who finished with 10 points, hit 3-pointers during Pine Grove’s run. The Lady Panthers (2-1) also got two field goals and two blocked shots from 6-foot sophomore Aliyah Akins.
One of Parman’s changes was a switch to a zone defense. Davis, who had played man-to-man her whole career, enjoys the new scheme.
“I think playing a zone has made everybody’s game better,” she said.
Samantha Bridges scored 13 points to lead West Union (1-1).
(B) West Union 47, Pine Grove 39: Chase Cooper scored 14 points to lead the Eagles to their first win of the young season.