Davis gives her mom quite a birthday gift

While the rest of the Buccaneers were celebrating Saturday's Class A state championship on the gleaming floor of the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Shar'Rae Davis made a bee-line for the stands.
Matt DeYoung
Mar 19, 2012

 

She shouldered her way through a crowd and found her mother, Cavina Davis-Foster. The two locked in a tight embrace. After all, Saturday was Cavina's birthday, and Shar'Rae had just given her mom quite a gift.

Davis scored the game-winning basket on a layup with six seconds remaining, giving the Buccaneers a miraculous come-from-behind 54-53 win over Grosse Pointe South. The win clinched the program's first-ever state championship.

"She just said, 'Mom, I love you, and happy birthday,'" Cavina Davis-Foster said. "I said, 'I love you, too, and I'm so proud of you. Way to keep your cool, and didn't I always tell you, all things are possible through him?'

"She cried, and I cried even harder."

Davis, the Buccaneers' two-time all-state point guard, had a tremendous fourth quarter for the Buccaneers, scoring 10 of her game-high 19 points in the closing eight minutes.

After South scored to go ahead 53-52 with 13 seconds remaining, Davis didn't hesitate. She raced down the court, weaved through a pair of defenders and scored the game-winner.

Her mom never doubted the Buccaneers would come back and get the win.

"Going through the stands at halftime, I'm like, 'We're good.' I try to keep a smile on my face. I wasn't as worried as I thought I'd be. This team deserves this win, and I'm so proud of Shar'Rae. She kept her cool.

"I give it up to the whole team. They've come together, and to Katie (Kowalczyk-Fulmer) for keeping them calm. And I love the Grand Haven fans. They're amazing."

Davis has tremendous court vision, but she admitted to having tunnel vision on her final basket.

After the game, she was asked if she planned on going all the way to the basket the moment she took possession of the ball on the other end of the court.

"Yup," she said with a laugh, then she looked over at teammate Abby Cole. "I didn't even see; were you down there? I didn't even see the rest of my team. I was like, 'I'm going to score.'"

Davis' terrific play the last few years has certainly caught the attention of college coaches across the country, and while several of her teammates have pledged their services to various schools, Davis has not yet declared her intentions for her future.

The decision hasn't been an easy one, especially with everyone badgering her about the choice.

"During the season she would come to me saying, 'Mom, what am I going to do about next year as far as schools,' and I always said to her, 'One day at a time. Stay focused on the season. Championship first, focus on Him, and it will all fall into place.'"

 

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