Bears guard joins 1,000-point club

Published 4:38 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Milestone reached: Billingsley senior Lori Davis, shown shooting a free throw earlier in the season at Chilton County High School, scored the 1,000th point of her career during a loss at Dallas County High School on Feb. 3.

When Lori Davis scored the 1,000th point of her career, her coach knew exactly how she felt.

Shunn Bailey scored 1,000 points during his high school career at Maplesville, and walked onto the court at Dallas County High School on Feb. 3 to congratulate Davis.

“Welcome to the club,” the Billingsley coach told the player.

Davis reaching the milestone—and even how she reached it—is a testament to a player who has been the foundation of the BHS girls basketball program for the past five years.

Davis began her varsity career as an eighth grader and has been the Bears’ starting point guard for the past four seasons.

She has scored a lot of points, but her game is being a team player, drawing the defense with the dribble and then passing to open teammates so they can sink the shots.

Even knowing she was closing in on a milestone, and even though she was still short of the mark and time was running out in the last game of the regular season, Davis was still passing up shots at the basket because her teammates were open.

“That just goes to show you what type of player she is,” Bailey said. “She’s not selfish at all.”

Davis said she figured she better stick to what has worked for her all these years.

“I felt like I had to do what I’ve always done and that’s be a team player,” she said.

Her strategy worked.

Davis scored her 1,000th point from the free throw line, giving her plenty of time to get nervous about the shot but also allowing the timekeeper to hold down the buzzer for a few minutes so her teammates could take the court to congratulate her as fans and the boys team gave her an ovation.

Davis scored 21 points in the 53-35 loss, giving her 1,001 points for her career with the playoffs still to go this season.

“She’s a great student-athlete,” Bailey said. “I would say she’s every coach’s dream. Whatever you ask her to do, she tries her best to do it.”