The Cape girls' basketball team beat St. Thomas More 63-24 on Feb. 8, raising their record to 4-11, then faced Smyrna at home the following night .
A strong Smyrna Eagles team improved to 15-1 after beating Cape 58-46, while the Vikings slipped to 4-12.
This was not a sympathy game brought by Smyrna; the Eagles are machine-like in their approach to basketball. Cape has just gotten a lot better, and the answer to the question is, “Yes, it is too late.”
Smyrna is deftly coached by Rachel Wood, assisted by Courtney Markiewicz and Danielle Hampton. Teammates look inside for each other, play tough defense and never argue with officials.
“I grew up out of New York,” Wood said. “I went to school at Mary Bartram High School in New York. I’ve played for about five good coaches in my life, and I learned a lot from them. When it comes to basketball I absorb things like a sponge. It’s amazing to me that we are poised and professional on the court because this is high school.”
Cape got the usual power game down inside from Kadijah Doughy with 18 and also 11 off the bench by Naval Academy nominee Emily Baptiste.
Cape was scheduled to play a make-up game at Sussex Central Feb. 11.