Interest growing in girls basketball
By Brian Pitts
It looks like Lindsey Adams is making significant progress in her massive reconstruction of the Davie girls basketball program.
There was not enough interest to field JV teams in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Last season, which was Adams’ first as head coach, Davie had 11 players on varsity and eight on JV. The varsity War Eagles were at Ground Zero in 2019-20, finishing 0-25. Adams’ first team scratched and clawed for three wins in 12 tries.
With Adams preparing for her second season, there are 21 girls in the program.
“There will be 11 on varsity and 10 on JV,” she said. “They’re finally wanting to be part of the culture. When that happens, you get more girls coming out to be a part of something bigger than themselves. It means a lot. Next year at this time, we might have to make cuts because we could have even more. With the eighth grades coming up, we may not be able to keep everybody. I don’t think Davie has made cuts in a long time.”
New JV Coach
Davie has a new JV coach in Lamar Russell, who replaced Marnic Lewis. Russell is a teacher at Forbush Middle. Nathan Handy, a first-year PE teacher at Davie who came over from Yadkin County, helped connect the dots from Russell to Adams.
“He was the (girls) basketball coach at Forbush Middle the last five years,” Adams said. “He won conference championships along with having an undefeated season. When coach Handy was hired here, he knew I was looking for a new coach.”
Russell’s assistant is Handy. Debbie Evans is back as Adams’ varsity assistant.
“As soon as I met Lamar, we hit it off great,” Adams said. “We have the same mentality of wanting to win. We have the same style of pressing and up tempo. And he holds the same expectations that I do for the girls. I think it’s going to be really good having him on staff. The energy, the communication in practice … I couldn’t ask for anything better.”