February 14, 2006
Albany - Down the stretch, Deerfield-Windsor guard Mallorie Davis has done what seniors are supposed to do, deliver.
Only the difference for Davis is that she has been able to deliver through the pain of her torn knee ligament suffered before the season started.
Mallorie Davis said "I always get excited around the state tournament."
Six months ago it looked like Mallorie Davis would not be able to play in the GISA state basketball tournament after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee playing softball.
Davis said "The first thing I thought was what about basketball season."
After trying and failing to play on a torn ACL in her right knee last year, Mallorie wasn't going to give up her senior year without a fight.
Davis said "I didn't know if I was going to be able to do it but I was definitely gong to try. I honestly didn't think I would make it this long but I am glad that I did."
And so is Lady Knight head coach Larry Collins.
Collins said "She has really responded so well, that I sort of forget that she is hurt."
A knee injury wasn't the only thing that Mallorie Davis had to overcome. The torn ACL she suffered last year kept her off the court for a year and a half.
Mallorie Davis said "It is hard just watching because you want to be out there playing. And then it is hard being off a year and then trying to get back in it and I am just starting to feel completely comfortable out there."
And that was evident last Friday night when Mallorie Davis scored 16 points to lead the Lady Knights to a win over Sherwood Christian in the region tournament championship game.
Davis said "I was just as upset as the team was about losing the region last year. So, we really wanted it bad."
Now it is on to the state tournament where Mallorie Davis made a name for herself in the Lady Knights state runner up finish in her eighth grade year.
Two years later, Deerfield-Windsor finished an unbeaten season with a GISA state championship. Mallorie would love to win a second state title but she knows this has been a championship season no matter how it ends.
Mallorie Davis said "It is definitely success because at first we didn't know if I was going to play in the first game but I was determined too.
And Mallorie's determination is a lesson for her younger teammates to take into this year's state tournament.
Collins said "A very talented sophomore class with alot of high expectations taking advantage of the opportunities you have this year because you never know what is going to happen next year."
Mallorie Davis does know what will happen after the GISA state tournament.
She will have surgery on her left knee.