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Athlete of The Week

Davenport leads the way

Erika Davenport smiles after her team's second win in the OAA Red. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
December 19, 2012 - Troy had tied the score against the Lady Wolves last Friday but Clarkston sophomore Erika Davenport changed the tune of the game quickly.

She scored six consecutive points to bring the Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball team back into the lead.

The Lady Wolves finished with their second win for last week and Davenport finished as leading scorer with 18 points. She also began the week as leading scorer against Avondale with 24 points.

"She has a lot of energy around the basket," said head coach Tim Wasilk. "She rebounds well and finishes inside. The good thing about her is she is really unselfish. When we give it to her inside she passes it to the cutters or passes it outside for a jump shot."

As the team heads into their sixth game of the season this Thursday, Davenport said the team has been working hard together and also on their defense.

"We are trying to get better," she said.

Davenport joined the team in her freshman year and has been playing basketball since she was a little girl bouncing the ball in her backyard.

"I just picked it up," she said as she explained everyone in her family was playing basketball.

"I have been playing with older people all of my life which has really helped me. for where I am now."

She added watching them play, running some of their moves and playing with them has helped her.

Having her sister, senior Erin Davenport, on the team also helps Erika on the court.

"We have a really good connection," said Erika. "We know where we want the ball to go. We know each other's strengths and weaknesses. It is a big factor. She knows what I am good at and what I am not. We try to help each other."

Her personal goals for this season are to work more on outside defense and be more of a team player.

When Erika is not playing basketball she is hanging out with friends and her sister. She also plays softball on occasion.

Her advice to aspiring players is to work hard, play tough and never give up.

"Listen to your coaches," she added. "They know what they are talking about."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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