BLITZ Girls Basketball Player of the Year – Isabel Davenport

Back-to-back goes Isabel Davenport for BLITZ Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The UNG signee defended her award with a stellar senior season that is truly greater than the numbers would indicate. Unselfish play led to smaller numbers, but anyone who watched the Lumpkin County star play knows she had arguably the best season among all other local players.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • 13.9 Points Per Game
  • 4.9 Assists Per Game
  • 4.1 Rebounds Per Game
  • 2.8 Steals Per Game
  • 38% 3PT
  • 76% FT
  • ~1,500 career points (nearly; all-time leading scorer at LC)
  • 24 double-digit scoring games
  • 5 20-point games
  • 2 double-doubles

Sometimes box scores and numbers don’t paint a vivid picture of just how good a player is. While there’s nothing wrong or weak in Davenport’s numbers, she could have made herself a 20+ points/game player if she wanted to. Instead, she facilitated one of the state’s top offenses and shared the rock with such talents as Averie Jones, Lexi Pierce, Makenzie Caldwell, and Mary Mullinax. She still found a way to average about 14 per game. Truly she averaged 14.4 if you take out the Union game in which she played just a few minutes and only took 2 shots.

Davenport averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game in doing it all. She shot 38% from beyond the arc, 76% from the free throw line, and notched 24 double-digit scoring games, including a pair of double-doubles and 5 20-point games.

VOTING RESULTS

  1. Isabel Davenport – 42 pts (7 1st-place votes)
  2. Maddie Anglin – 38 pts (6)
  3. Livi Blackstock – 32
  4. Averie Jones – 17
  5. Maddie Futch – 13
  6. Vanessa Floyd – 12
  7. Gracie Deetz – 4.75
  8. Ranajah Verdell – 4.5

It was VERY CLOSE! Davenport edged region foe Maddie Anglin by a single 1st-place vote. That was the difference. Livi Blackstock was the consensus runner-up, but because she didn’t collect a 1st-place vote, she ended third. Livi recorded 8 out of 13 2nd-place votes.

Voting included our 13-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts

HISTORY OF GIRLS BASKETBALL POY

  • 2020-21 – Isabel Davenport – Lumpkin Co SR G
  • 2019-20 – Isabel Davenport – Lumpkin Co JR G
  • 2018-19 – Kaylee Sticker – Dawson Co SR G/F
  • 2017-18 – Georgia Stockton – Rabun Co JR G
  • 2016-17 – Lainey Gosnell – Habersham Central SR F
  • 2015-16 – Lainey Gosnell – Habersham Central JR F & Karlie Bearden – Dawson Co SR G
  • 2014-15 – Kaitlyn Duncan – Banks Co SR C
  • 2013-14 – Sheyenne Seabolt – Dawson Co JR F
  • 2012-13 – Carly Gilreath – Dawson Co SR G & Stephanie Patton – Towns SO G
  • 2011-12 – Haley Gerrin – Habersham Central SR C
  • 2010-11 – Gabby Arencibia – Towns Co JR G
  • 2009-10 – Cara Malone – Lumpkin Co SR G

Davenport is the first to win it back-to-back since Habersham’s Lainey Gosnell, as those two are the only ones to win it more than once. The guard position has won it 7 times.

WHO WILL WIN IT NEXT YEAR?

Davenport leaves, as does Dawson’s Anglin, Jefferson’s Blackstock, Towns’ Floyd, White’s Futch, and Stephens’ Verdell. That means of the 8 finalists, only 2 come back next season in Averie Jones and Gracie Deetz. While they will be the obvious front-runners, Jefferson’s Deshona Gaither, Dawson’s Kirklyn Porter, and many others come to mind right away as ones who can make a serious run at the award.

POY Framed Print (11×17) – Isabel Davenport

POY Framed Print (11×17) – Isabel Davenport

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