Raucous crowd. Rockin’ pep band. Biggest stage of the year.
The commotion of Break the Record Night at Davis High on Friday night did not faze the Devil girls, in fact the support helped as the Blue Devils handled visiting Cosumnes Oaks, 47-37, in front of 700-plus DHS faithful.
Playing in the North Gym as part of a doubleheader with the boys, it was business as usual for Emme Eisenman, who tallied a game-high 17 points away from the normal confines of The Cage. She also had 10 rebounds and three steals in her first career double-double.
“Every game is huge for us,” said local head coach Heather Highshoe after the win moved Davis (13-9 overall, 3-4 in Delta League) into a tie for fourth place in the standings.
Think these Devils are ready for the big stage?
A sea of DHS fanatics decked in white watched the Wolfpack (4-17, 1-6) put two quick buckets on the board early. But DHS responded, firing off a 12-0 run to close the first quarter.
“I thought we did a pretty good job of setting the tone,” Highshoe said. “Our press looked good, we were looking to advance the ball quickly in transition.”
Junior forward Skylar Schouten sparked that run, snatching five offensive boards for 6 points during the streak. She joined Eisenman on the double-double squad with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Schouten’s fourth such outing this season.
The locals dominated the battle of the boards, 52-25, and pulled down 29 offensive rebounds, their largest total of the year. After managing 20 rebounds three times in their first 18 matchups, the locals have tallied 20-plus in the past four games.
Davis pushed the lead to as many as 12, but Cosumnes edged back in the second half, taking advantage of Devil miscues. The Wolfpack won the turnover battle, 26-22.
The Blue Crew guards proved the difference makers down the stretch, as Eisenman, Surina Beal and Lily Hessl each hit two shots in crunch time.
“We were getting some looks,” Highshoe told The Enterprise. “I thought Emme had some really good decisions and mid-range pull-ups in transition, so those were smart takes.”
The lights have rarely been too bright for Eisenman in her breakout season. The junior guard has been a steadying force for DHS — her 13 double-digit performances lead the Devils, including seven in the last eight games.
Davis still needs to knock off a few Delta teams in order to secure a playoff spot, as the top four finishers in the Delta receive bids to the CIF Section tournament.
In their greatest test yet, the Devils showed up.
“It was just a great atmosphere to be a part of,” Highshoe said. “They had some really great moments but, again, we’re still learning and trying to improve every game.”
Up next is Elk Grove, who visits Monday at 7 p.m. The Herd (9-14, 5-2) beat Davis, 49-41, in the teams’ first matchup this season.
Notes: Beal finished with 9 points, Hessl with 6 and Kate Nelson added 3. … As Cosumnes Oaks threatened late in the fourth, Eisenman hoisted a mid-range shot that missed rim entirely, but Beal was right under the hoop and layed it in to give DHS a 10-point lead. … Was it an air ball? Or a strategically placed pass? …”Let’s call it a pass,” Highshoe said. … Blue Devil alum Kelsey Forrester lit up Cal State San Marcos social media on Thursday with a half-court heave to beat the buzzer at intermission. … Forrester is averaging 8.4 a game and leads the Cougars (17-4) with 39 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting.
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