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Erika Davenport eyes a way past Oxford defenders in last Wednesday's district semi-final game. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
March 05, 2014 - A boost from junior Erika Davenport in the second overtime against Rochester Adams in the first round of MHSAA Girls Basketball Districts helped the Lady Wolves win the game 67-65, Feb. 24.

With less than three seconds remaining in the second overtime Davenport caught the Highlanders' rebound and ran down the court. She shot the ball and put it away to break the tie.

"I pushed it," Davenport said. "I saw two defenders and I didn't think for a moment. It was just and instinct and I did it. I am glad I did it and glad it went in."

She finished the night with a game high of 48 points and 23 rebounds.

Davenport joined the Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball team in her freshman year and each year her skills continue to grow especially from her sophomore year to this season.

"She has grown basketball wise with just being more rounded offensively, being able to go inside and out," said Tim Wasilk, head coach. "She handles the ball and has become a much better passer. It has been good to see her not only work at the post but all around the floor."

It was the game against Rochester Adams Davenport added she grew as a player.

"We have been working hard," she said about the Lady Wolves this season. "From this game I feel like I learned a lot about myself and my team. It has made a better basketball player. I am always going to push it. I am never going to settle."

Davenport 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."

The Lady Wolves finished their season 18-5.

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. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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