For four years, teams have been trying to stop Rachel Davich and for four years almost all teams have failed.
Davich, a 6-foot senior forward for the Little Falls Flyers girls' basketball team, has been a virtually unstoppable force in her four-year career.
She has led the Flyers in scoring the last two years and is leading the team this season, but the senior isn't about scoring points.
"She's an overall player," said Flyers head coach Joe Davich, Rachel's father. "She's unselfish. She's averaging double figures in rebounds. She's had six games where she's had a double-double.
"She leads the team in assists so she's an overall player. She tries to get other kids involved."
This season Davich is averaging 18.2 points and 10.9 rebounds and is shooting 60 percent from the field. She leads the team with 38 assists, 19 blocked shots and 98 rebounds.
At the Rocori Invitational last week, Davich added to her impressive stats and helped Little Falls to the consolation championship.
In a 60-53 loss to Bemidji Dec. 27, Davich had 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. On Dec. 28, she added 12 points, three assists and two blocked shots against Eden Valley-Watkins.
In the consolation championship game Dec. 29, Davich scored 20 points and added 12 rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots against Minneapolis DeLaSalle.
A week earlier against Brainerd, Davich scored her 1,000th career point. The senior didn't know how close she was to the mark.
"I was happy," said Rachel Davich. "It was a complete surprise. It never really occurred to me what an honor it is. I'm the fifth Flyer to achieve that. I feel like I've accomplished something."
Unlike many post players, Davich has developed an all-around game that has helped create scoring opportunities for herself and teammates.
"She runs the floor extremely well," said Joe Davich. "I personally believe there isn't a post player in the state that runs the floor as well as she does.
"She has great stamina. She never comes out of the game. The only time she sits is when she gets in foul trouble.
"She's as strong at the end of the game as she is in the beginning."
Davich also is agile. When she's able to turn and face her opponent, she can drive either way, making her one of the most difficult players to guard.
Her ability to handle the ball with both hands also makes her a force when it comes to breaking full-court pressure.
"She's now turned into a point guard so to speak because she has developed good ball handling skills," Joe Davich said. "If people press us, and if they decide to guard Rachel with their center, she'll go around them.
"Plus, she can still get through guards."
One component of Davich's game that fans rarely see is her ability to shoot from the outside. Joe Davich said although Rachel rarely shoots from the outside, she can if she has to.
"Athletes like her are very rare," Joe Davich said. "The things she's been able to accomplish we sometimes take for granted and I always demand more of her. I still think there is more potential in her.
"I'm harder on her sometimes with regard to what we expect from her. I don't cut her any slack."
Davich has been named to the All-Central Lakes Conference team the last two years and is a lock to make it this year, but individual achievements don't concern her.
"I've really enjoyed playing with the different people that I've played with," she said. "I've gotten to know my teammates and this year, playing with six seniors, they've become like sisters to me.
"I know their abilities and what they can do. We have great teamwork and it's really neat."
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Pine River-Backus' Meg Tabaka collected 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 52-42 victory over East Grand Forks Dec. 27.
Pierz's Becky Korf had 13 points and 15 rebounds in a 59-48 loss to Blue Earth Dec. 27.
Verndale's Raya Kern scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 44-32 loss to New York Mills Dec. 27.
Pierz's Shiela Stegora scored 30 points in a 59-24 victory over Fulda Dec. 28. Teammate Allyson Kloss grabbed 21 rebounds and scored nine points in that game.
Crosby-Ironton's Whitney Smetana had 11 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in a 39-32 victory over Mesabi East Dec. 28.
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