Lumpkin Chasing History, Looking to Hang a Banner in 2020-21 [VIDEO]

There’s a motto being used in Dahlonega around the girls basketball program in 2020-21. It’s HAB30. It’s something the girls and coach David Dowse have taken on, and are looking to make history at Lumpkin County.

“HAB stands for Hang A Banner,” says Dowse. “This year marks the 30th anniversary since Lumpkin County women’s basketball last won a region championship. It’s been 30 years.”

Senior All-State guard Isabel Davenport echoes that sentiment.

“I’m really excited about this year,” says Davenport, who is the reigning BLITZ Player of the Year and Region 7-AAA Player of the Year, and recently signed with the University of North Georgia. “You can see that we have potential and we just have to grow together each game. We do have a challenging schedule, but we’re here to win and we’re here to compete. That’s going to prepare us for the long haul.”

Davenport and senior teammate and co-captain Makenzie Caldwell feel good about where they are, and like the mix of veteran leadership and younger girls. She feels that they all have bought in to the HAB 30 motto.

“We do everything together,” says Caldwell, who recently signed with Emmanuel College. “It’s a family really. I’m impressed with the younger girls. They’re mature and they take it seriously when it’s time and we goof off when it’s time to do that, too. It’s been 30 years since Lumpkin County has hung a banner in girls basketball. To be the first in 30 years, that would be a huge thing for me.”

Lumpkin is widely viewed as a favorite in 7-AAA, but they know it won’t be easy when you have a region with Dawson and White (who moved back into 7-AAA this season).

“I think sometimes people forget about Gilmer,” says Dowse. “They’re tough too. We lose GAC (out of 7-AAA) and everybody people thinks, ‘Well ok, it’s going to be a little easier’ and I don’t agree with that at all. I think it’s going to be a dogfight for all of us every night, and truly any given night any one of us can come out on top.”

The Lady Indians are off to a 1-1 start after a win over Calhoun and loss to Buford. The girls have seniors Davenport and Caldwell, along with young veteran sophomores Lexi Pierce, Mary Mullinax, and Kate Jackson (out for season with injury). Lumpkin made history by making the playoffs last season for the first time in over 12 years. They won 15 games last season and 17 the year prior, and have been ranked in each of the past two seasons.

Digital Copy of Interview – Isabel Davenport & Makenzie Caldwell

Digital Copy of Interview – Isabel Davenport & Makenzie Caldwell

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Digital Copy of Interview – David Dowse

Digital Copy of Interview – David Dowse

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