Davis happy with Hawks’ effort despite loss


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Viera High's Casi Ramirez (center) drives inside against the Astronaut High defense during Monday night's non-district game. The Hawks lost, but coach Maggie Davis was extremely happy with her team's effort.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

It was one of those nights where what Viera High girls basketball coach Maggie Davis saw from her team on the court mattered more than what the results said on the scoreboard.

“We honestly did great tonight,” Davis said, after the Hawks lost to visiting Astronaut 69-25 in a non-district game Monday night.

“I know the score seems as though we didn’t. This was the best press-breaking we’ve ever done. This was the best energy we’ve had all year.”

Casi Ramirez had eight points to lead the Hawks (7-6).

Jacquelin Castro and Jaeda Stewart were next for Viera with six points. Tatiana Stephens had five.

Astronaut (11-3) was led by 6-foot-6 center Cynthia Leib, who had 18 points and dominated inside against the much smaller Hawks.

“Sometimes, we live and die by the three, and if my kids aren’t making threes, we’re struggling to score,” Davis said. “Defensively, you can’t stop a kid like (Leib). They say sometimes heart is bigger than size, but sometimes, it’s not.

“Congrats to Astronaut. They’ve got a great team. But overall, I thought we played so well. I can’t even explain it. I went into halftime and even though it was a 25-point game, I didn’t even know it. The energy and the quickness of the game and the pace was even. I’m proud of our girls tonight. I thought we did great. We didn’t show our youth in this game.”

With only one senior – Tyrese Gonzalez – and a roster that consists of mostly freshmen and sophomores, the Hawks are clearly a work in progress this season.

And so far, Davis likes what she has been seeing.

“We’re getting better,” she said. “We have four freshmen, four sophomores and two upper classmen. It makes it difficult at times to control their youth because they’re nervous. They’re young. They make mistakes.

“That’s what you learn as the years go on. We’re slowly learning our fundamentals and getting better at that. I think our kids are starting getting the experience they need to get the jitters out before games. In this game, I don’t think anything that happened was because of being nervous.

“I think it was just purely the athleticism was just above us and the size was just above us. Sometimes, you can’t control that. But our kid’s heart was better than I’ve seen all year.”

Now that’s an effort you can build off of as Viera hits the road for its next five games, beginning Wednesday at Hagerty.     

“If we played like this against other teams, we’d blow them out of the water instead of (having) close games,” Davis said.