-Girls basketball earns two All-Region selections
The 2018-19 girls high school basketball season was filled with sensational accomplishments on the court for the Lady Indians varsity squad.
The success the team enjoyed during the regular season was made even more amazing due to the fact that the Lady Indians only had eight players on their roster throughout the season.
The “Great Eight” stunned their opponents with a disciplined brand of basketball implemented by LCHS head girls basketball coach David Dowse to tie the program’s record for most wins in a single season with 17. Dowse’s game plan even helped the Lady Indians topple Region 7-AAA powerhouse Greater Atlanta Christian, marking the first time Lumpkin had defeated the Lady Spartans since GAC joined the conference.
Throughout the season, the Lady Indians lived and died based on the play of sophomore point guard Isabel Davenport and senior shooting guard Mackenzie Pulley. When the two players performed to their ability, the Lady Indians were an unstoppable force that few teams could slow down on the court.
Based on the contributions that both Davenport and Pulley made throughout the season, the two Lumpkin players were selected as members of the 2018-19 Region 7-AAA All-Region team, as voted on by Region 7-AAA coaches.
“Isabel [Davenport] and Mackenzie [Pulley] led us statistically in most categories,” said Dowse. “In particular, their ability to score the basketball drew the attention of our opponents and set them apart from many others in the region.”
Davenport proved to be a solid court general for the Lady Indians during the season. With strong court vision, the ability to make smart decisions with the ball and a knack for being able to knock down shots, Davenport was an integral part of Lumpkin’s success during the season. The sophomore averaged 14.1 points per game and four rebounds per game in the 2018-19 season. Davenport displayed a sweet stroke from beyond the arc as well, shooting 39.2 percent from the three-point line during the year. Davenport’s all-around solid game on both offense and defense made her a shoe in for the All-Region team.
Dowse believes that if Davenport can continue to improve on her performance from this season in her junior and senior seasons, she has a shot of leaving a legacy of excellence at Lumpkin.
“Isabel has a chance to leave her mark on the program as one of the best to ever play for Lumpkin County,” Dowse said.
Pulley made the most of her senior season with the Lady Indians. The senior’s career at LCHS was already full of amazing feats and successes coming into the season, but Pulley went into another gear for her senior season. Along with leading the Lady Indians in scoring, Pulley also hit a huge personal milestone during the season when she scored the 1,000th point of her high school career. The senior averaged 15.2 points per game and pulled down an average of 6.3 rebounds per game during the season. Pulley shot 63.3 percent from the floor for the Lady Indians in her senior season.
Dowse was proud of how Pulley helped the Lady Indians this season and for what she accomplished during her career with LCHS. The second-year coach also understood how important Pulley was to the program during her career.
“Mackenzie had a great career and will be missed on the court and off,” Dowse said. “Her position can be filled but she cannot be replaced.”
For Dowse, the All-Region team selections for Davenport and Pulley were well deserved based on the hard work each player put into the 2018-19 season.
“The most impressive thing about Isabel and Mackenzie was their ability and willingness to take on an enormous workload,” Dowse said. “Most games they played 32 plus minutes without a break physically or mentally. That’s a long season, quite an undertaking and quite a responsibility. Yet, each accepted their role as part of the GR8 and made us better in the process.”