The Ben Davis girls’ basketball team held off a relentless second half surge from Decatur Central (7-8) last Thursday night with a 62-52 road victory over the Hawks. Behind an aggressive defensive effort combined with senior Amber Jones and freshman Ae Rianna Harris’ combined 28 points, Ben Davis (8-7) was able to outlast the Hawks and move above the .500 mark on the season.
From the tip off it was evident that Ben Davis was on a business trip and the Giants were not trying to waste any time getting the job done. A quick 8-2 lead in the first quarter was a product of a Giants’ game plan that emphasized an aggressive offensive attack.
“That’s the kind of tempo we want to bring every single game,” Ben Davis Coach Joe Lentz said. “It’s becoming more of our thing lately and that’s what we want and the better we become the more of that there’ll be.”
Much of Ben Davis’ success on offense came from Harris’ ability to drive the basket at will, collecting many of her points down in the lane.
“If you’re in the paint, you might as well keep driving,” Harris said. “I’m going to get the foul or I’m going to get the shot.”
Harris’ ability to attack the basket and utilize her height advantage on opponents is a skill set not seen too often in freshmen at the varsity level. But with senior Amber Jones there to lend advice and lead by example, it can make adjusting an easy process.
“At first it was tough, but now I’m getting used to the level of play,” Harris said. “For me to be a freshman on varsity I need somebody to look up to so I can see what I’m doing when I mess up and she (Jones) is there to help me and guide me when I’m doing something wrong.”