By John Torsiello
It was one moment, one basket but it was four years in the making when Simsbury High school’s girls baseball player Allie Davis reached the 1,000 career point plateau recently.
Davis, a senior who is headed to Brandeis University when her schoolgirl days are over, banked in a three-point shot to put her over the magic number. She called the feeling “amazing” when she hit the shot against Southington. “Scoring my 1,000th point was such an accomplishment. I had been thinking about that moment for four years. When I banked in a crazy baseline three to hit exactly 1,000 it felt amazing. It definitely was one of the highlights in my high school career, but that is because of the tremendous support my awesome teammates, coach, family, and friends were to me. I could have not reached this goal without them.” What made the accomplishment more important, said Davis, was that the basket helped Simsbury beat Southington in a key Central Connecticut Conference game.
“We had a tough loss a couple days before, which made the 1,000 points achievement that much better.”
Davis is having an MVP type season, averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists a game. Davis began playing basketball as a young girl and the first formal league she played in was during kindergarten for a YMCA program.
“I played YMCA basketball in grades K through four and then in fifth grade made the travel team and played until and including eight grade. I also played my first season of AAU in eighth grade for the Connecticut Shamrocks.”
She called her high school career “an awesome experience so far, and right now it’s at its prime. I’m in the midst of having my first winning season at Simsbury High School and I could not be more excited.”
“It has been a dream to coach Allie this season,” said first-year Simsbury head coach Sam Rullo. “Allie is not only a very good basketball player but she’s a great person. She cares about the game but also about her teammates.
Every time she steps on the court she makes everybody else around her a better player. She is the perfect player to build a program around.”
A perfect example of the respect Davis gets from her teammates was when 10 fifth-graders stormed the court to give her a hug after she scored her 1,000th point, said Rullo. “She genuinely makes a positive impact on everybody that she touches. This program is very fortunate to have Allie around and we can only hope that we get someone like her again in the future.”
Her senior season has been a wonderful experience, said Davis.
“This season has been so much fun. It is great to be winning lots of games this season, no one likes to lose. Although, this season has been fun not only because of the wins but the team’s dedication and focus to get better every day.
Being on the court six days a week, game or practice, with coach Zullo and 10 teammates that want to work hard and get better has got to be the best part of my She talked about the impact Zullo as made on the Simsbury girls program.
“I couldn’t be more excited to spend my final year at Simsbury with coach Zullo. His defensive principles and offensive mindset has been a huge reason for this program’s success. It says a lot for a new coach to come in and lead us to a 10-3 start, following many previous losing records. He brings a certain passion and intensity to every practice and game that is hard to describe.
Coach has been working with me to become more aggressive on offense and pour 100 percent of my efforts into defense. It’s impossible to not get pumped up to work and play while in a gym with coach.”
Davis also worked hard in the off-season to make herself a better player.
“Playing in the off-season has provided me with tons of improvement and court experience. Just in the past four years I have become a better leader, more motivated, and acquired better court sense. I owe huge thanks to my parents and the numerous coaches I’ve had over the course of my high school career. They have brought me to where I am today.”
She said her favorite part of the game is intense competition.
“Every game day I am just thinking about tip off. Then, when the team takes the court, the next hour or so of battling and playing hard to win is the only thing that matters. I love the sense of leaving all you got on the court when the final buzzer sounds. I am very excited to go play basketball at Brandeis University after graduating from Simsbury High this June.”
When Davis isn’t playing hoops she enjoys watching shows on Netflix or watching “pretty much any comedy movie with Adam Sandler or Will Farell. I do enjoy a good game of ping pong or just hanging out with my friends.”
As her opponents in ping pong and the basketball court have found out, Allie Davis is one ferocious competitor whose work ethic took her to her goal of reaching 1,000 points in grand fashion.