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Cape girls’ basketball bounces by Tech 68-18

Vikings move to 11-3
January 24, 2020

Cape girls’ basketball is heading to the latter part of the 2019-20 season with a momentum that’s hard to hold back, moving to 11-3 with a 68-18 win over the Ravens Jan. 23 at Sussex Tech.

The Vikings outscored the Ravens 21-2 in the first quarter and took a 39-4 halftime lead. Liberal substitutions in the second half and a running fourth-quarter clock paced the Vikings to the 50-point victory.

Dania Cannon had a double-double, scoring 16 points including a three-pointer, and snagged 10 steals while grabbing five rebounds and dishing off six assists. 

“We stay focused by staying together with energy and high intensity,” said Cannon. “I encourage the team. Even if we mess up sometimes, I stay positive and calm the team down. Then we get back at it. We are motivating each other. We are fueled more because of the fact that we are winning and we don’t have boring practices. We push each other and we go hard.”

Mehkia Applewhite scored 13, two from behind the three-point line, grabbed four rebounds, and had three assists and four steals.

Morgan Mahoney scored eight points, including two threes, while blocking four Tech shot attempts.

“Dania and Abbey [Hearn] really motivate us,” Mahoney said. “They calm us down, and encourage us in the game and in practice. We missed a lot of shots in the beginning tonight, but in the third quarter we were in the zone.”

The Vikings outscored Tech by 14 in the third period after coach Pat Woods’ halftime talk.

“I just told them that we have to be more efficient with our shots,” said Woods. “A lot of our points tonight were after three missed shots. We have to make the first one. When you make the extra pass, move it around and knock it down, that’s good basketball.”

Ella Rishko hit for nine points in the game. Hearn scored eight including two threes, grabbed seven rebounds and picked up two steals.

Carlin Quinn dominated in the paint, grabbing nine rebounds while she slapped away two Tech shots, swiped two steals and finished with six points.

“I’m fueled by the fact that I’m a senior and I don’t want to disappoint the team, the coaching staff and my classmates at Cape,” said Quinn, who transferred from Elizabeth Seton in 2018. “I just want to show that I belong here.”

The Lady Vikings will host Polytech Tuesday, Jan. 28, and No. 1-ranked Conrad Friday, Jan. 31.

The junior varsity team moved to 10-0 on the season with a 33-10 victory over the Ravens.

Akira Perry led the Vikings with 13 points. Diana Nauman tallied seven.

The JV Vikings return to the court Friday, Jan. 31, against Conrad.