Clackamas' Jazzy Davidson makes splashy debut
It didn't take long for Clackamas freshman Jazzy Davidson to announce her arrival on the state's girls basketball scene.
The 6-foot-1 guard had 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocked shots to lead the sixth-ranked Cavaliers past No. 1 South Medford 58-56 in overtime in the Luke Roth Showcase at Sheldon High School on Dec. 4.
Davidson, who already has an offer from Stanford, was the catalyst for a Clackamas team that started four freshmen and one sophomore. She also had 23 points when the Cavaliers opened the season with a 61-40 win over Washougal, Washington, at Sheldon.
"People know that she's good, but I think everybody is kind of like, 'She's a freshman,'" Clackamas coach Korey Landolt said. "She had six turnovers, but at the same time, she's out there beast-moding everything else. She's pretty fun to coach."
Davidson has made an impression on South Medford coach Tom Cole, whose team has high expectations after going undefeated last season and winning the elite bracket of the Portland-area culminating week tournament.
"Jazzy Davidson is already special, but she has the potential to be the best player in the history of the state," Cole told the Medford Mail-Tribune.
"I've seen some great freshman players who have come out through our state, with Cameron Brink and Mercedes Russell and Evina Westbrook and Jordan Reynolds and Jaime Nared ... but I have never seen a freshman who is as poised and as gifted as she is as a freshman."
The left-handed Davidson can score inside and outside.
"I call her a big guard," Landolt said. "She goes inside because she gets a lot of easy buckets around the hoop. A lot of the stuff she creates. Out of her 24 points, probably 16 were on stuff she created. We run a lot of five-out for some spacing and she finds gaps really nicely."
Clackamas led South Medford by as many as six points. The Cavaliers were up by four late in regulation but the Panthers rallied to force overtime on a basket by junior Donovyn Hunter with one second left.
The game was tied 56-56 in overtime when Clackamas sophomore guard Ella Shackleton scored on a drive with eight seconds left. Hunter took the ball to the basket on the other end but missed and Davidson blocked a putback attempt as time expired.
Clackamas got 10 points each from freshmen Avery Peterson and Dylan Mogel, and eight points from freshman Sara Barhoum, who made two 3-pointers.
Hunter finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals against Clackamas. Logue added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
"We give a lot of credit to Clackamas," Cole told the Medford Mail-Tribune. "I think they rose to the occasion to play us and I don't think we rose to the occasion to play them. By the time we figured things out, we were really never able to get into a controlling flow of the game."
Clackamas started four freshmen against South Medford — Davidson, Peterson, Mogel and Barhoum — alongside Shackleton. Landolt liked how her young team rose to the challenge, even while the Cavaliers struggled with their outside shooting, making only three three-pointers.
"I feel like a strength of ours is going to be outside shooting and we didn't shoot very well this weekend," said Landolt, who has seven freshmen on her roster. "Our legs were a little bit tired and it affects our shot. So hopefully that will sort out as we get in game shape throughout the season."
Clackamas' win over South Medford was even more impressive considering the Cavaliers played without standout junior guard Rhyan Mogel — out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn ACL — and 6-3 junior Eliza Buerk, who sprained her ankle Friday.
Rhyan Mogel was the Mt. Hood Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore when she averaged a team-high 16.4 points per game. She tore her ACL in August, had surgery in September and is unlikely to return this season.
"I think in her heart she'd like to come back, but she's not going to try to push the six-month mark," Landolt said. "She's really dedicated to her recovery."
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