Fisher-Davis kept Bulldogs’ program strong
by Andrew Stark
Entering this season, the Butler girls basketball team had posted an 86-7 record over the previous three years behind Parade All-American Cierra Burdick and a host of other Division I college recruits. Having lost so much talent from the previous year, the 2011-12 season was supposed to be a rebuilding campaign, but the Bulldogs’ refused to see it that way.
Despite having just eight players on the roster, the Bulldogs finished third in the Southwestern 4A conference and advanced to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs before losing to Myers Park, which was ranked No. 1 in the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Super 7 rankings and undefeated at the time.
A big reason for the Bulldogs’ success was 5-foot-7 senior guard Jaymee Fisher-Davis, who averaged a team-best 19.6 points per game. The Liberty University signee also contributed 3.6 steals, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists, and she made 80 3-pointers and sank 86 percent of her free throws.
Consequently, Fisher-Davis is the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly 2011-12 Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
“I am really proud of what we were able to accomplish as a team because nobody gave us a chance,” Fisher-Davis said. “We made it to the third round of the playoffs, beat Hopewell, beat Mallard Creek and Berry. It was a pretty good year for us.”
When the Bulldogs opened the year 5-7, Fisher-Davis said she was pressing for guidance. She called Burdick, now at the University of Tennessee, and Mayhanna Dunovant, now at Gardner-Webb University, for advice.
“After that, we got going and I was able to be a good leader this year because of what Cierra and May taught me last year,” Fisher-Davis said.
“Every team that we played gave us their best shot, and we stepped up to the plate and handled it pretty well.”