Girls Varsity Basketball · Davis becoming even more dominant for Lady Bulldogs as a junior


Junior Jakhyia Davis has emerged as one of the best basketball players in East Tennessee.

Last week, Davis led the Lady Bulldogs in wins over Catholic and Heritage with 14 and 21 points, respectively.

Stellar play on defense limited Catholic to only 11 points, as Coach Justin Underwood secured his 200th victory at Bearden.

Davis also scored 20 points in a 41-30 win over William Blount on Tuesday to help the Lady Bulldogs avenge their November loss to the Lady Govs.

Along with being an effective scorer, Davis leads the team in rebounding this season.

“When the ball touches her hands, we are absolutely at our best,” Coach Underwood said. “So we try and run our offense through her.”

With Davis being one of the most versatile players on the roster, her height is a huge advantage on defense.

“Obviously, she does a great job of blocking shots, altering shots,” Coach Underwood said. “When she’s on the floor, she’s the best player on the floor by far.”

Chemistry is a huge factor for the Lady Bulldogs. Team chemistry helps the players maintain composure in tight game situations.

“It’s like having a sister on the court because we are best friends,” senior Tytiaira Spikes said. “I feel like since our chemistry has grown, we are able to see each other on the court more.”

Added Davis: “Our chemistry…has improved over the year, so I feel like everybody is comfortable with each other.”

The Lady Bulldogs (18-2, 8-2 District 4-AAA) will take a break from district play when they travel to East Hamilton (10-5) on Friday, but they’ll have another matchup with Catholic on Tuesday.

Coach Underwood will continue to look to Davis for success for the rest of the season.

“Just the ability to play through her [Davis], gives us our best chance to be successful,” Coach Underwood said.