Wednesday, April 16, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS girls take the thunder out of Herd

By
January 29, 2011 | Leave Comment

Enterprise staff writer

\n

It\’s getting tougher to find a seat at The Cage during Davis High girls basketball games.

\n

Several things are happening to draw fans, and they were all on display in the Lady Blue Devils\’ 64-38 win over Elk Grove on Friday.

\n

- DHS\’ up-tempo offense, which is powered by a two-stroke engine in Malika and Khaliya Wilkins.

\n

- Augmented by the granite-and-cement duo of Sarah Sadler and Ashleigh Vandenbrink inside, the Blue Devil defense can hold sway against most teams.

\n

- And the girls are winning — six straight victories have them undefeated at 5-0 in Delta Valley Conference play and soaring at 15-6 overall.

\n

The laser-sharp offensive attack hit 26-of-55. More often than not, the Devils flatten their opponents the second they get the ball. Trapping and full-court pressure have become a way of life for DHS.

\n

And the not-so Thundering Herd, wheezing along at 4-15 when they came to town on Friday, got a heavy helping of all that the Devils do best.

\n

First, there were the twins, who combined to hit 13-of-22 shots from the floor. Malika Wilkins led all scorers with 17 points and dished out seven assists. Right behind, with 16 points, was Khaliya Wilkins, who also pulled down 10 rebounds.

\n

Then there was The Wall.

\n

Vandenbrink had 12 rebounds and four assists to go with her four points. Sadler had 14 points — 11 in the first half when she kept Elk Grove from getting any kind of traction for a possible comeback. The senior center added seven boards and four steals.

\n

To the 220 in attendance, the 32-23 Davis lead at intermission was good enough basketball, worth the price of admission. Not really, explained Malika Wilkins:

\n

“We just weren\’t playing like we normally play and (at halftime) coach was like \’Guys don\’t play down to them … play your game and work hard.\’

\n

“Coach told us to stop playing big-headed … since we\’re winning a lot of games and it was Elk Grove and we figured we could come out and just walk through it.”

\n

That uneven first half saw the locals open a 16-5 advantage only to have The Herd close the gap to 22-20 with 3:46 left until intermission.

\n

DHS had started in man-to-man defense, unusual for the Blue Devils, and got in a little back-door trouble as their visitors scored eight points sneaking down the baseline.

\n

But this was Davis vs. Elk Grove. It wasn\’t supposed to be close. When Sadler and Vandenbrink worked a Herd turnover, Tori Powell went coast-to-coast for two Devil points. After Sadler banked in a 3-pointer, Ali Campos found her way inside for a layup and order was restored, at 32-23, after two periods.

\n

The Blue Devils were ablaze in the final 16 minutes.

\n

When Khaliya Wilkins hit a trey off a Campos dish, then followed with a jumping-jack foray into the paint for two more, DHS opened an 18-point lead.

\n

As the game progressed, Elk Grove — with 6-foot center Carlee Gray held to just three points on the night — started shooting farther and farther out.

\n

When the Thundering Herd made just one basket in the fourth quarter, it meant the biggest Davis lead would be the final margin, 64-38.

\n

Talented EGHS guard Lauren Chetner was held to five points, but did hand out six assists — five in the first half.

\n

Blue Devil interim coach Dennis Foster made a third-period adjustment after returning to a zone defense. He stacked his guards at the top of the key, taking away Chetner\’s sight lines inside. Any back-door success the Herd had early ended with the new defense.

\n

The win streak, now at six, is the longest for DHS since the 2005-06 squad won 10 straight and went three games deep into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

\n

Next up, the Devils host Grant for Breast Cancer Awareness night on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

\n

Notes: DHS forward Lauren Blackwell, who jammed her hand in the Rosemont game three weeks ago, was back in the lineup and converted her only shot. … Power rankings for teams will be released this afternoon by CIF. The DVC had a horrible strength ranking (16th) when the conference stacking was released a week ago. The top 16 D-I teams will be in the playoffs. With its 16-5 mark, the Blue Devils should show well in the first pecking order. … When Tiffany Ho blocked a shot near the end of the game, assistant Devil coach Hilary Brittan leaped to her feet to applaud. “Maybe I should watch that,” a noticeably pained Brittan said after the game. Brittan us wearing a heavy knee brace thanks to a fall in her classroom last week. … Melayne Alexander scored 12 for Elk Grove and Jordan Brenner added 10.

\n

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at (530) 747-8047 or bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net

\n

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
‘Eco-Heroes’ help get us from here to there

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Davis elder-abuse case wraps up

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

CHP seeks owner of lost cash

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
 
Home building up in March after frigid winter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Family fiction in miniature showcased at bookstore event

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Local professor subdues unruly man on flight

By Adrian Glass-Moore | From Page: A3

Yolo Crisis Nursery is in crisis; please help

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Meditation, Buddhism classes offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Seniors can get tips for getting around town

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
School has garden plots for rent

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Sugar overload, on ‘Davisville’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Rotarians, students, teachers, parents collaborate on planter boxes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Hop to it: Easter Bunny meets Davis history tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Garden doctor: Veggie gardening available year-round

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Animal expert explains dogs’ thinking

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Check out the night sky

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Are we there yet?: Self-reflections of a would-be stage mom

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8Comments are off for this post

 
.

Forum

Still supporting this guy

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Urban forest under siege

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

 
Drought care for our trees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

.

Sports

 
UCD staff allows 19 hits in Causeway rout

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS softball struggles in nonleague outing

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils open Boras Classic by splitting games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
JV/frosh roundup: DHS sweeps a trio of baseball games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: River Cats get by Grizzlies at Raley

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Giants beat L.A. in 12

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Sports briefs: Stanford sends Aggies home with a lacrosse loss

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

 
.

Arts

Red Union Blue inks record deal

By Landon Christensen | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Craft Center exhibit explores ‘Possibilities’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

RootStock to host wine themed plein aire exhibit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
The California Honeydrops to bring danceable groove to The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

See Flower Power exhibit at Gallery 625

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6