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Davis signs with SMC Pioneers

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Lady Bruins hoops standout

By Robert Howey

 

It didn’t take long for Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ senior basketball player Aliyah Davis to realize Spartanburg Methodist and the Pioneers’ women’s basketball program was in her future.

“I felt comfortable when I walked in there,” said Davis of her recent recruiting visit to the Spartanburg two-year school.

Davis made her pledge to the Pioneers women’s basketball program official Wednesday, April 30 when she signed with SMC in the LHS conference room.

“It’s a nice school and close to home,” said Davis. “They gave me the opportunity to play a sport I’ve worked for my whole life.”

Davis, who averaged 5.2 points a game last season, helped the LHS girls to a 16-5 record and an undefeated region championship and a bid to the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs.

Davis played four seasons, earning the team’s Best Defensive Player Award as a sophomore and a junior. She garnered the LHS girls Coaches Award as a freshman.

LHS girls basketball  coach Ronnie Robinson said Davis is a “hard worker.”

“She’s very dedicated to basketball and was productive,” Robinson said. “She’s a team leader and did the little things to help her stand out. It might not show up in the box score, but it was vital to the game.

“Aliyah is a true student-athlete and she’s a good model for our younger players to follow.”

LHS assistant Dwayne Robinson said he was thrilled Davis has the chance to play at the next level.

“I’m happy for Aliyah because this is something she’s worked for and something she wanted to accomplish,” Dwayne Robinson said. “She got it and I’m happy for her. When she visited there and tried out, she did a great job in representing our program.”

SMC women’s coach Briana Clark is elated to have Davis in the Pioneers’ fold.

“Aliyah has worked hard to be where she is at this point in her career,” Clark said. “I love the fact that she has a defensive mind-set and a good basketball IQ. I have high expectations in what she can bring to our team.”

Davis is a strong student with a 4.0 grade point average and a class ranking of 59 in the 294-member LHS Class of 2014.

“Aliyah has been outstanding in her play and academics at Lancaster High,” LHS athletics director Mark Strickland said. “She played a key role in the team’s success this season and was a big part of the Lady Bruins basketball success.

“I look for her to continue to work hard and make a key contribution with the SMC athletic program.”