The game was ugly early and over easy by the time the first quarter ended in suburban Georgetown Feb. 11 as the Sussex Central Golden Knights led the Cape girls' basketball team 21- 4.
The final was 55-28, as Cape’s high scorers for the season Kadijah Doughty and Madi Smith watched from the bench in a "What’s the point of getting hurt and getting housed in the same ballgame?" decision.
Meanwhile, on the Central side of the street, veteran coach Ron Dukes' girls are 13-4 and state tournament bound with 15-1 Northern Division leader Smyrna coming to town for a Feb. 13 “no love lost” Valentine’s showdown.
The Golden Knights were paced in scoring by Jasmine Hudson 23, Shamiria Sheppard 12 and Taylor Pritchett 12.
Cape’s Kadijah Doughty, fresh off an individual state championship in the shot put, finished with a season-low 3 points.
To the surprise of everyone but themselves, the Sussex Central girls' basketball team defeated visiting Smyrna Feb. 13, 59-58, improving to 14-4 on the season.
The Golden Knights led 29-20 at halftime then got into a back-and-forth dogfight in the second half in a rugged game that saw a total of 47 free throws shot.
The Eagles shot 19-30 while the Knights were 12-17 from the charity stripe.
Sussex Central was paced in points by Taylor Pritchett 19, Jasmine Hudson 10 and Shamiria Sheppard with 10.
Smyrna was led by Brionna Johnson who scored 31 points.
Smyrna, whose only previous loss was to Sanford, sustained its first in-conference defeat and dropped to 16-2 on the season. The Eagles have remaining home games against Caesar Rodney and Sussex Tech.
Sussex Central has away games remaining at Milford and Dover.
Smyrna remains a game in front in the Northern Division of the Henlopen Conference.
Smyrna’s power forward Kamerra Mathews missed the game because of a sprained ankle.
Central was powered by five three-pointers in the game, two each from Sheppard and Hudson, and one from Kadijah Mackey.